Thaba Nchu

The community of Thaba Nchu has graduated


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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 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.
Thanks to the generosity of Canadian sponsors like you, life in Thaba Nchu has improved. Your support will have a lasting impact for years to come. Let’s celebrate these accomplishments!

  • 15 youth clubs are in operation providing peer support to children in schools
  • 8,000 children received value-based life skills training
Child Protection
  • 76% of adults are aware of child rights and 72% are aware of a child protection committee or a social worker in their community
  • 89% of children stated that they participate in decisions that affect them
  • The program helped improve the nutritional status of 250 households through promotion of egg production
  • 50% of the households have a vegetable garden in their backyards

*Results for this community updated for 2020

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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!