Orange Farm

Orange Farm Community News

Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on World Vision operations

In support of public health recommendations outlined by the World Health Organization, some sponsorship program activities have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Activities may include sponsor queries and correspondence, sponsor visits, gift notifications and gift deliveries. These temporary suspensions may affect the information you receive from us in the coming weeks and months.  
Learn more about our response to COVID-19.

Canadian sponsors have helped lay a strong foundation in Orange Farm community. Now, our partners overseas  are excited that local individuals and leaders, community groups and other organizations will continue to care for children in Orange Farm community without the help of Canadian sponsors.  
Thank you for the difference you've made in Orange Farm!

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we have accomplished the following in the past year:

     Child Protection

  • 70 children are participating in community decisions and advocating for the protection and wellbeing of children
  • 1 child parliament is empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 31 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
  • 99 children received guidance on their spiritual journey to discover, understand and grow their relationship with God


  • 239 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms
  • 1,500 children are developing vital language and motor skills, setting a solid foundation for their education
  • 10 young people are participating in clubs focused on developing practical life skills to prepare them for the future
  • 348 young people were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 302 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018.

As World Vision Africa takes over the work in Orange Farm community, Canadian support is no longer needed. Would you consider sponsoring a child in another part of the world?

The urban community of Orange Farm is located just 45 km from the city of Johannesburg. It is one of the largest informal settlements in South Africa, with a population of roughly 957,000. This sprawling community is one of the youngest in the country, with 40% of the current population under the age of 18.

Poverty in Orange Farm is a major issue. Approximately 70% of families live below the poverty line and roughly 50% have no income. Poverty is mainly due to the unemployment rate, which - at 70% - is far higher than the national average. Unemployment also has direct ties to increasing rates of crime and drug use, which lead to issues of abuse in the community. Poor nutrition and stunted growth in children is often a result of parents not having the means to provide proper meals for their families.
Child Protection
  • 77 mothers and fathers learned about children's rights and safety, helping more boys and girls grow up in a safer family environment.
  • 16 women and men learned about child safety and protection issues, helping to change attitudes and behaviours to better protect girls and boys.
  • 1 plan of action was developed and implemented by child protection and advocacy group
  • 4 capacity building events conducted with identified partners
  • 2 capacity building events conducted with identified partners
  • 1 community participated in child protection conversations
  • 1 community-based child protection committee was established
  • 21 new facilitators were trained in HIV and AIDS, maternal, newborn and child health, child protection, gender or Ebola
  • 1 early childhood development centre with access to government funding and support.
  • 6 school governing bodies have been trained to improve the provision of government education services
  • 70 peer educators were trained on life skills
  • 2 life skills sessions were implemented
  • 50 youth have learned about hygiene, gender equality and family planning, enabling them to make informed decisions about their futures.
  • 60 youth took part in life skills activities, learning to manage their emotions and improve their communication skills.
  • 44 teachers have been trained in improved literacy methods
Community Development
  • 1986 children participated in and benefited from community development programs
  • 1198 children participated in and benefited from community development programs
  • 5 meetings were conducted with faith-based organizations
  • 5 faith community strategy workshops were conducted
  • 33 workshops taught faith leaders how to address issues like HIV and AIDS, gender equality, health or child safety, engaging them to improve the community.
  • 397 children aged 12-18 participating in career guidance activities
*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Explore Orange Farm

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

Orange Farm,  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.