The community of Umvoti is graduating

Umvoti’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 Umvoti get there. Thank you! 

With the help of your generous and loving support, life in Umvoti 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 rural Umvoti (pronounced Oom-vote-ee) community is quite remote, with a population of about 120,000. Umvoti's landscape is breathtakingly beautiful, ranging from massive sandstone cliffs and valleys, to deep gorges carved out by the Umvoti River. The climate is arid, but some roads are impassable and dangerous in the rainy season. Most people live in traditional thatched dwellings.

Many families rely on subsistence agriculture, cultivating beans from January to March and then maize each September. Unfortunately, food production is low and employment opportunities are scarce. Chronic poverty makes daily life in Umvoti very challenging, and social problems include child abuse, alcohol and drug abuse, and high rates of crime. The lack of jobs means many men are forced to leave to find work in urban centres.
People in Umvoti are celebrating that they are now empowered to move forward without World Vision’s presence. Here are some of the accomplishments:

Child Protection
  • 1 community group is engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children
  • 15 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
  • 184 community members learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 22 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 316 children received guidance on their spiritual journey to discover, understand and grow their relationship with God
  • 3 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 30 young people are participating in clubs focused on developing practical life skills to prepare them for the future
  • 31 children are participating in sports clubs, keeping them healthy and interested in school
  • 34 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms
  • 46 parents learned about the importance of education and how to support their child’s learning
  • 24 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 485 young people are part of savings groups, helping them save money and learn about personal finance
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 1,250 people have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to improved water sources
  • 10 renovated water sources are providing access to safe water, protecting children against waterborne diseases
*Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018

Explore Umvoti

current conditions

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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Umvoti, South Africa 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!