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. 

  • We partnered with local government agencies and community-based organizations to conduct awareness campaigns on child rights and gender-based violence.
  • 6,393 people learned about child rights and protection issues, helping ensure children's safety and participation
  • 98 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 75 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families

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

  • We worked to improve food security by supporting school garden projects and providing households with seeds.
  • 2,760 people including children learned to protect themselves against HIV and other sexually transmitted infections
  • 59 water sources are providing access to safe water and protecting children and families against waterborne diseases
  • 472 children in South Africa are benefitting from latrines and have better access to sanitation

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

  • We partnered with the Department of Education to support schools with new libraries and books so children can improve their literacy.
  • 147 schools were renovated or furnished with educational materials to provide a better learning environment for students
  • 524 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children in South Africa
  • 8,253 preschool children are developing vital language and motor skills, setting a solid foundation for their education

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

  • We supported agricultural projects and provided training in business management to support income-generating activities that help families pay for school and health care.
  • 2107 youths and adults were equipped to earn increased income through apprenticeships, or vocational and business training
  • 2,130 children and adults received nutritious fruits and vegetables grown in community, school or family gardens
  • 186 children and adults are members of savings groups, helping families meet their financial needs and access small loans

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