Thaba Nchu

The community of Thaba Nchu is graduating

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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
  • 90 women and men learned about child safety and protection issues, helping to change attitudes and behaviours to better protect girls and boys.
  • 123 capacity building events conducted with identified partners
  • 24 caregivers participated in events on behavioral changes and effective communication
  • 15 youth have participated in value based learning activities
  • 2 peer educators were trained on life skills
  • 10 youth have completed life skills training
  • 8 families received emergency assistance such as food, tents or water purification tablets, so that children had their basic needs met after a crisis.
  • 48 boys and girls took part in faith-based activities, deepening their understanding of God's love for them, others and nature.
  • 30 meetings were conducted with faith-based organizations
  • 90 peer to peer business support networks meet regularly
  • 13 farmers received seeds, livestock, tools or agricultural equipment, helping increase their production, income and support for their children.
  • 55 cooperative groups now have access to information on marketing opportunities

*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

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current conditions

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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!