South Africa

Working With Children in South Africa

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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. 

  • 222 people learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 2 child well being activities conducted including health and nutrition, hygiene, livlihood, education, child rights and protection awareness
  • 1 community group is engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children
  • 39 faith and community leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
  • 90 referral networks established including healthcare, case management, business support, child protection and learning networks
  • 48 children received guidance on their spiritual journey to discover, understand and grow their relationship with God
  • 1 plan of action was developed to enhance community development and child well being
  • 45 faith-based organizations participated in programs focused on improving child well-being
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

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

  • 285 children are participating in clubs that make community decisions and advocate for their protection and wellbeing
  • 10 children are participating in life skills clubs to learn essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 240 children are participating in reading clubs to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities
  • 54 parents and caregivers learned about the importance of raising their children with love and tenderness
  • 189 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Children and families have access to safe water and sanitation facilities, and training in hygiene practices to stay healthy.

  • 8 people in emergencies received life-saving support like tents, cooking sets and hygiene kits
  • 177 people learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

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

  • 21 health workers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

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

  • 13 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and help meet their family needs
  • 55 savings groups are helping young people and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

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