The community of Atlantis has graduated


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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 2020, the community transitioned from sponsorship to self-sufficiency and World Vision is no longer on site. Because of the dedication and partnership of Canadians like you, local people and organizations have been equipped to continue leading the community’s development – and that is something to celebrate!  

With the help of your generous and loving support, life in Atlantis has transformed. Children and families are much stronger now. The community has met its goals, and its members are working together to tackles new ones. Your support will have a lasting impact for years to come.

The semi-urban community of Atlantis is located 45 kilometres from Cape Town. The community was named Atlantis because the Atlantic seaboard provides a scenic background.

Homes in Atlantis are constructed from brick, cement, or wood. However, the poorest families live in a shantytown, sleeping in unstable dwellings made of wood, corrugated iron, or plastic. Summers are long and dry, and winters bring little rain, so homes are vulnerable to fire, threatening children's safety and security. One third of the population lacks an adequate food supply, and many families go entire days without eating a healthy meal.

During South Africa's former apartheid regime, Atlantis was the target of an economic plan called Industrial Decentralisation Policy, where people of mixed race (black and white) were uprooted from their homes and relocated to Atlantis. The community became an industrial centre as companies responded to economic incentives to move there.

However, in the 1990s, incentives began to dry up and many businesses pulled out or collapsed, eventually plunging the community into unemployment and poverty. The search for jobs was futile, and many people did not know where their next meal was coming from. Disillusionment and hopelessness set in, giving way to alcoholism, drug abuse, gang activity, and crime.
Thanks to the generosity of Canadian sponsors like you, life in Atlantis has improved. Your support will have a lasting impact for years to come. Let’s celebrate these accomplishments!

  • 2,500 young children are receiving early childhood education in 88 centers
  • More than 1,500 children received a nutritious meal at school every day
  • 240 pupils received leadership training
  • 63% of children participated in clubs such as youth, sports, homework, spiritual development, reading, arts and culture
  • 3 Parent Support Groups were established in 8 primary schools
  • 990 young children benefitted from home-based education, provided by parents who were trained by World Vision.
Child Protection
  • 94% of caregivers know about the basics of child rights
  • 500 children and 100 volunteers participated in a march against child rights violation and abuse
  • 24 men and 74 women were trained on issues of child protection and development needs
  • 80% of the children have never used drugs
Health and Nutrition
  • 89% of caregivers received HIV testing and 93% of caregivers received their HIV test results
  • 63% of mothers attended 4 or more antenatal visits while pregnant with their youngest child
  • 56% of youth know where to get a confidential HIV test
  • 123 children and 87 adults attended a hygiene workshop and learned how to purify contaminated water
*Results for this community updated for 2020

Explore Atlantis

current conditions

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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Atlantis,  is in Phase 3

PHASE 3: Enhance sustainability

Children and families enjoy improved living conditions. They're ready to become independent and continue the work you helped start. We invite you to help another child and community!