Thaba Nchu

The community of Thaba Nchu is graduating

Thaba Nchu’s community is making strong progress toward caring for all its children, not just those who are sponsored. They are now transitioning to self-sufficiency. Together with other Canadians, you’ve played an important part in helping Thaba Nchu get there. Thank you!

With the help of your generous and loving support, life in Thaba Nchu 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-rural Thaba Nchu community is located about 65 km from Bloemfontein in central South Africa. It is one of the oldest settlements in the Free State. The community's name means "Black Mountain," after the broad mountain which looms over the area.

Families in Thaba Nchu, especially those in the most rural areas, live in utter poverty in dilapidated dwellings. Unemployment is very high, and only 24% of the population have jobs. The majority of households rely on government support and remittances (money relatives working in other areas send back home).

Many families strive to grow crops, but the soil is hard and the environment is hot and dry, as 89% of the yearly rain falls in September. Drought often causes crops to fail, leaving families without food. Malnutrition affects 10% of children under the age of five. Less than one-quarter of households have access to clean water. HIV and AIDS is severely impacting the entire community, leaving hundreds of orphans and vulnerable children without care or support.
People in Thaba Nchu are celebrating that they are now empowered to move forward without World Vision’s presence. Here are some of the accomplishments:

Child Protection
  • 27 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
  • 359 community members learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 6 children received birth certificates, ensuring their access to basic rights and services like health and schooling
  • 6 children survivors of abuse received support to help them cope with trauma and recover
  • 16 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms
  • 35 children were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 62 young people were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
*Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018

Explore Thaba Nchu

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.


Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Thaba Nchu,  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!