South Africa

Working With Children in South Africa



Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on World Vision operations

In support of public health recommendations outlined by the World Health Organization, some sponsorship program activities have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Activities may include sponsor queries and correspondence, sponsor visits, gift notifications and gift deliveries. These temporary suspensions may affect the information you receive from us in the coming weeks and months. Learn more about our response to COVID-19.
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:
  • 50 adults went to our child protection training
  • 1,498 children are being monitored by World Vision on a regular basis
  • 9,600 children participated in and benefited from development programs 
  • 30 children report that their voices have been heard while advocating for a safer learning environment
  • 39 girls and boys took part in faith-based activities

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in South Africa funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 12,503 frontline workers were trained in child protection issues as part of our COVID-19 response
  • 9,987 hygiene kits including soap, jerry cans, and handwashing supplies were given to community members
  • 1,520 health facilities were given training or supplies as part of our COVID-19 response
  • 37,114 information materials about COVID-19 were shared in public places, in print, and online
  • 1,446 community members were given food assistance as part of our COVID-19 response

Results of World Vision Canada’s covid-19 response in South Africa, in partnership with other World Vision offices, from March to September 2020
  • 27 literacy teachers received updated training
  • 120 boys and girls are participating in reading competitions, debates and readathons
  • 125 youth have received vocational training
  • 810 children are participating in extra curricular activities like sports, children's clubs, homework clubs and library programs every month
  • 37 early childhood development centres have improved their learning environments

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in South Africa funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 4,095 families went to our hygiene training and now have a handwashing station with soap at home

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in South Africa funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 30 training courses were provided for our local partners who work with severely malnourished children

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in South Africa funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 1,679 youth aged 12 to 18 participated in career guidance activities 
  • 117 small business owners attended our training
  • 1,000 families were given emergency support from us after a crisis, like food, tents, or water purification tablets
  • 85 farmers received seeds, livestock, tools, or farming equipment
  • 4,000 people were trained in disaster preparedness, mitigation and management

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in South Africa funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
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