South Africa

Working With Children in South Africa

In recent years, drought has gripped rural South Africa and poor harvests have left millions without reliable access to food. World Vision is responding, improving water access and working with farmers to increase their food and income sources through training and the promotion of nutritious fruits and vegetables in community and family gardens.

We seek to address the needs of the most vulnerable children in South Africa. This includes ensuring children can read and write, and that they receive adequate nutrition up to age five. Child Protection is a key focus considering the high rates of gender-based violence and teenage pregnancies in the country. We equip community members to advocate for their rights and for policies that will benefit children. 

Your impact in South Africa

Together, we’re making real change in the lives of children, families and communities. Just some of what was achieved with Canadian support in the past year:

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared-for by their families and participating in their communities as agents of transformation. 


  • 2 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 22 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 6 children received birth certificates, ensuring their access to basic rights and services like health and schooling
  • 855 people learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 89 survivors of abuse received support to help them cope with trauma and recover
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease and have access to essential health services.


  • 200 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
  • 12 water sources are providing access to safe water and protecting children and families against waterborne diseases
  • 50 adults and youth learned about sexual and reproductive health, including how to protect themselves against HIV and other STIs
  • 284 individuals including children have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to new or repaired water sources
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018

Children learn and develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future and families support children's education.

  • 2,745 children and youth were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 289 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms
  • 323 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 46 parents learned about the importance of education and how to support their child’s learning
  • 698 children are getting extra help to improve their reading and writing through camps and classes
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018

Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.

  • 24 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 485 people are part of savings groups, helping them meet their financial needs and access small loans
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018

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