Friends of Chintsa (Friends) is a collaborative community-based organisation located in Chintsa 41km north of East London, Eastern Cape. Friends is grounded in the desire to unite our community. They are committed to social transformation through the principle of equipping residents with the platform, support, resources and skills to exercise their agency to support empowerment in the Chintsa Community.
Friends is primarily volunteer driven and made up a number of initiatives that vary over time. The initiatives are led by Champions who generally do their own fundraising and may enlist supporters who contribute their time, energy and/or resources. The Champions and their initiatives maintain a certain level of autonomy but do report to the management committee to ensure alignment with their values as well as communication, collaboration and synchronicity between initiatives. The management committee runs transparent financials and is ultimately responsible to the residents of Chintsa and our funders. Friends has largely always been run by volunteers at all levels. They have however recently employed a member of staff to focus on internal organisational development and management; capacity development of local champions and community-based organisations; and the coordination of our flagship project – the Unstressed Surf School.