Thaba Nchu

The needs in Thaba Nchu

Food
Families have difficulty growing food because of the dry climate, so they rely on growing maize as the staple food grain, as well as vegetables like potatoes, cabbage, and sweet potatoes. Vulnerable households, like those impacted by HIV and AIDS, are especially affected because they don't have enough money to purchase food. 10% of children under the age of five are malnourished.

Community members don't have access to quality farming supplies, like effective tools and improved seeds and livestock, that would increase food yield. They also lack the agricultural expertise to increase production, and do not have good marketing opportunities.

HIV & AIDS
The spread of HIV and AIDS is devastating this community in all areas of life. HIV prevalence is high due to a lack of information about its spread and prevention techniques. There is a high rate of new infections, especially among teens.

There are 7,000 orphans and vulnerable children who are in need of care and support. In many cases, grandparents are struggling to provide for their orphaned grandchildren. Many HIV positive and chronically ill people require extra care, but there is not enough support for them.

Water and Sanitation
Lack of clean water is a huge problem in Thaba Nchu. More than 90% of families in the rural sectors drink unsafe water from rivers and dams. There are not enough school bathrooms, and only 27% of households have proper latrines. These poor sanitation conditions create an environment that causes waterborne diseases to run rampant. Children are the most vulnerable to these health hazards.
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Thaba Nchu's Community News

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year:


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.
  • 5 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions
  • 1 child parliament is empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 540 preschool children are developing vital language and motor skills, setting a solid foundation for their education
  • 930 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps
  • 8 clubs are in place for children and youth to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities
  • 100 children and youth were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 133 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 20 individuals including children are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
  • 10 people received daily essentials like shelter, cooking sets and hygiene kits, protecting families during emergencies
  • 50 people including children learned to protect themselves against HIV and other sexually transmitted infections
  • 216 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 50 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and better provide for their children and families
Food
To ensure parents in Thaba Nchu can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Provide improved seeds, tools, and training to start backyard and community gardens.
  • Provide water tanks for crop irrigation, in cooperation with the government.
  • Train mothers in preparing nutritious meals.
  • Improve meat and milk production from cattle through the introduction of new breeding stock.
  • Distribute chickens and train families to raise them for food and income.
  • Train farming groups in collective marketing techniques.
  • Train farmers and community members in entrepreneurial skills, financial management, and saving.

HIV & AIDS
To combat the spread and stigma of HIV & AIDS, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Hold HIV awareness campaigns to teach people how to prevent the spread of the disease.
  • Conduct life skills training to empower children and youth to avoid contracting HIV.
  • Establish clubs and sports competitions for children and youth to encourage positive activities and discourage problematic behaviours.
  • rain community coalitions and church teams to provide community-led care for orphans and people living with HIV and AIDS.
  • Help orphans and vulnerable children to access government support.

Water and Sanitation
In partnership with families and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Organize and train groups to acquire, maintain, and repair water sources.
  • Install water tanks and latrines at schools.
  • Educate families about safe sanitation and hygiene practices.

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 2

PHASE 2: Evaluate and grow

We monitor progress and make adjustments to meet goals. More community members become involved, lead projects and gain ownership of their success.