Orange Farm

Orange Farm'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 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
  • 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
  • 70 young people are participating in community decisions and advocating for the protection and wellbeing of children
  • 99 children received guidance on their spiritual journey to discover, understand and grow their relationship with God
  • 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
  • 239 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms
  • 302 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 348 young people were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
*Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Develop preschool programs for children aged five years old and younger by growing teacher capacity and improving facilities.
  • Improve quality of education for children in primary and junior grades with extracurricular activities, improved facilities, and improved school management.
  • Equip children and youth with life skills to help position them for a productive and bright future.
  • Introduce e-learning so children can learn how to use computers and do online research.

Child Protection
To ensure children and youth enjoy a safe and protected environment, World Vision will work to:
  • Reduce harmful behaviours that violate the rights of children and victims.
  • Ensure children have equal access to child protection services and have increased methods for self-protection against abuse, exploitation, violence, and neglect.
  • Educate community members on child protection issues and children's rights, and mobilize them to create social change and reduce harmful practices.
  • Prevent substance abuse among youth and children through school programs and youth outreach in the community, and improve treatment for those battling addiction.
  • Empower community members to strengthen law enforcement and advocate for improved child wellbeing and health.

Economic Development
To ensure parents in Orange Farm can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Improve skills and knowledge on savings and credit with the creation of savings groups.
  • Grow household income through the development of microenterprises and improved business management skills.
  • Enhance access to markets and retail opportunities for small business growth and development. Increase resilience to economic hardship at a household level.

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.

The needs in Orange Farm

In Orange Farm, access to quality education is a key issue that affects children. About 20% of teachers in the community are not well qualified, and many children do not get the full benefits they should from attending class. The students who struggle the most include children from families affected by HIV and AIDS, orphans, children who suffer from drug abuse, and boys. Individuals in these groups often have very poor reading comprehension, low levels of literacy, and inadequate numeracy skills.

Although more than 80% of children in Orange Farm are enrolled in primary school, drug abuse affects attendance in the higher grades. Students in their teens are often at risk, and addiction causes many to drop out altogether. Additionally, many girls abandon their academic career due to teen pregnancy, which is another common issue in the community.

Child Protection
Child protection issues are very real in Orange Farm, and negatively impact the wellbeing, growth, and development of children and youth. Substance abuse is common, and is often a result of bad peer influences, poverty, and continuing cycles of abuse. This exposes children, and especially young girls, to dangerous situations, including incidences of sexual, physical, and domestic violence. Children are abducted while playing outdoors unsupervised, and subjected to violations. These crimes often take place when parents are at work, or in situations where children are neglected and alone.

Children who regularly use drugs and alcohol tend to be frustrated with their lack of employment opportunities, which often results in domestic forms of violence and abuse. These negative experiences are extremely harmful, and often have long-term consequences on a child's physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing, continuing into adulthood. Suffering from abuse, exploitation, and neglect can often also result in poor health, loss of motivation in school, social challenges, and difficulties finding gainful employment.

Economic Development
Many families and children in Orange Farm struggle with low family income and live in extreme poverty, often due to unemployment. Unemployment is high in part because the location of Orange Farm isolates the community from economic and social opportunities in the greater Johannesburg area. Types of business opportunities for community members currently include street vending, hairdressing, petty trade, car repairs, and bottle collection for recycling, however these jobs are already oversaturated in many areas.

As a result, parents struggle to care for their children and provide for their basic needs, such as food, shelter, and education. Food shortages are common throughout the year and families lack information about how to access loans and savings services. The community has a low quality of basic services and constantly wrestles with crime and violence.
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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.