The community of Umvoti is graduating

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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
  • 225 youth have participated in value based learning activities
  • 5 communities participated in child protection conversations
  • 1 capacity building event conducted with identified partners
  • 38 literacy teachers were trained in improved teaching methodologies
  • 35 teachers have been trained in improved literacy methods
  • 127 youth have learned about hygiene, gender equality and family planning, enabling them to make informed decisions about their futures.
  • 225 youth took part in life skills activities, learning to manage their emotions and improve their communication skills.
  • 327 children aged 12-18 participating in career guidance activities
  • 2 life skills sessions were implemented
  • 5 meetings were conducted with faith-based organizations
  • 1 faith community strategy workshop was conducted

*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Explore Umvoti

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

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!