Sponsor a Child in South Africa

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Former president and ANC leader Nelson Mandela is one of the most renowned advocates of SOS Children's Villages in South Africa.

 

Against the background of South Africa's HIV/AIDS pandemic, the organisation focuses on implementing community-based childcare & support programs in order to help vulnerable children and their families.

 

At present there are eight SOS Children's Villages with 106 SOS families caring for 811 orphaned and abandoned children. 

 

SOS Children's Villages in South Africa also has six SOS Youth Facilities, seven SOS Kindergartens, one SOS Hermann Gmeiner School, one SOS Mother and Staff Training Centre and twelve SOS Social Centres in South Africa.

(You will receive a Canadian charitable tax receipt)

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For just $36/month you can sponsor a child and help provide an orphaned or abandoned child with:

  • A safe and nurturing home
     
  • A loving SOS mother
     
  • Quality education
     
  • Healthcare
     
  • Nutritious food
     
  • Clothing and toys
     
  • All the things necessary for a bright future
Area
1,219,090 km2
Capital City
Pretoria
Climate
Semi Arid
Population
52.78 mil
Religions
Protestant, Catholic

How Your Child Sponsorship Helps

Sponsor a Child in South Africa

 

SOS relies on the kindness and generosity of Canadians to be able to provide a home for the most vulnerable children of South Africa.

 

Please help us ensure a loving home for every child. Sponsor a child in South Africa now.

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Our Impact

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The SOS Children's Village in South Africa provides loving homes to orphaned and abandoned children
8 VILLAGES 683 Orphaned and Abandoned Children
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The SOS Youth Facilities in South Africa provides youth with a loving environment where they learn to transition into independent living and to expand their education
6 YOUTH FACILITIES 153 Youths in our Care
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The SOS Kindergarten in South Africa are a fundamental building block for the early development needs including, intellectual and social skills for children.
2 KINDERGARTENS 128 Kindergarten students
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SOS Vocational Training Centres in South Africa provide young adults from our youth centres, SOS villages and the surrounding community with the skills they will need to secure reliable employment. They provide realistic job opportunities for the future and an avenue to independence.
1 VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRES Youth and adult students
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SOS Social Centres in South Africa aim is to help families, in particular women and children, living in communities neighbouring the SOS Children's Villages to gradually escape from poverty, and to help young people become self-reliant.
11 SOCIAL CENTRES 4351 Beneficiaries

Our Impact

SOS Village Icon
VILLAGES
The SOS Children's Village in South Africa provides loving homes to orphaned and abandoned children
8
VILLAGES
683
Orphaned and Abandoned Children
SOS Youth Care Program Icon
YOUTH FACILITIES
The SOS Youth Facilities in South Africa provides youth with a loving environment where they learn to transition into independent living and to expand their education
6
YOUTH FACILITIES
153
Youths in our Care
SOS Early Childhood Education Kindergarten Icon
KINDERGARTENS
The SOS Kindergarten in South Africa are a fundamental building block for the early development needs including, intellectual and social skills for children.
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KINDERGARTENS
128
Kindergarten students
SOS Vocational Training Icon
VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRES
SOS Vocational Training Centres in South Africa provide young adults from our youth centres, SOS villages and the surrounding community with the skills they will need to secure reliable employment. They provide realistic job opportunities for the future and an avenue to independence.
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VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRES
SOS Social Centre Icon
SOCIAL CENTRES
SOS Social Centres in South Africa aim is to help families, in particular women and children, living in communities neighbouring the SOS Children's Villages to gradually escape from poverty, and to help young people become self-reliant.
11
SOCIAL CENTRES
4351
Beneficiaries

SOS Children's Villages in South Africa

 

At present, SOS Children's Villages is supporting South African children and their families in eight locations by providing day care, education, vocational training and medical assistance. HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention campaigns are organised in some SOS Children's Villages in order to tackle the growing number of infections.

 

SOS Children's Villages in South Africa currently cares for 811 orphaned and abandoned children in eight SOS Villages located in Cape TownMamelodiEnnerdaleMthathaNelspruitPietermaritzburgPort Elizabeth and Rustenburg.

 

Every time natural disasters like storms and floods hit South Africa, SOS Children's Villages provides immediate help where it is needed most in the form of SOS Emergency Relief Programs.

Furthermore, the organisation runs SOS Family Strengthening Programs in order to support children and young people who are at risk of losing parental care. When children can no longer stay with their families, they are cared for by their SOS mothers in one of the SOS families.

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Situation of the children in South Africa

 

The first post-apartheid government of South Africa ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in 1995 and, shortly after the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the African Child. Nonetheless, a vast part of South African children remain caught up in extreme poverty.

 

Children under 18 years of age represent two-fifths of South Africa's population. Black Africans account for the vast majority of these children.

 

Nearly 3,400,000 children in South Africa are orphans. Around two million of them have lost either one or both of their parents due to AIDS and 330,000 live with HIV, a sad number that shows the extent to which the disease has been affecting the country's youngest segment of the population.

 

The HIV/AIDS pandemic in South Africa is one of the greatest threats to compliance with child rights. Children whose parents are HIV-positive face multiple vulnerabilities, such as becoming infected themselves, the fear of being orphaned or abandoned, social discrimination and neglect. Overall, HIV/AIDS is a major cause of deepening poverty in the country.

 

The number of children who face a life without parental care has been on the rise lately, particularly in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces. 122,000 South African children under the age of 15 live in 60,000 child-headed households. 

 

A large number of children and adolescents cannot attend school due to financial constraints or because they have to put food on the table for their families.

 

The country has made significant progress in providing access to basic education in recent years. The primary school enrolment rate in South Africa is 86 per cent.

 

The opportunities that a child will find later in life are dependent on the socio-economic circumstances of the child's parents. Lost opportunities during childhood can often not be compensated for later in life; this means that a child who is poor today is likely to end up being a poor parent in the future.

 

Since poverty is a phenomenon that is often transferred across generations, it is crucial to break the vicious circle at an early age and provide poor children with educational opportunities and a caring family environment.

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Some facts about South Africa

 

The Republic of South Africa is a parliamentary democracy situated in Southern Africa. In 1994, South Africa saw its first universal elections. By an overwhelming margin, they were won by the African National Congress, which has been in power ever since.

 

Although South Africa has the continent's biggest economy, the lives of many of its citizens are still marked by high levels of poverty. The country's total population amounts to approximately 50 million and its capital city is Pretoria.

 

Modern office buildings just three blocks away from mud huts

 

South Africa is a country characterised by tremendous contrast: while thousands of people live in extreme poverty, within kilometres others reside in luxury palaces, located in "gated communities", as the ghettos of wealthy people are often referred to.

 

Despite South Africa's status as an upper middle income country, 23 per cent of its population still live below the national poverty line.

 

Although poverty figures have noticeably dropped over recent years, the marginalisation of tens of thousands of people who find themselves on the bottom steps of the socioeconomic ladder is evident. At 22 per cent, the unemployment rate in South Africa nearly equals the country's poverty rate.

 

A strong connection between poverty and joblessness is therefore manifest. Inequality is another problem the country faces. While poverty has decreased, income inequality has been on the rise.

 

At roughly 37 murders per 100,000 citizens, South Africa is one of the most dangerous countries in the world. At birth, the average life expectancy in South Africa is only 52 years. The country also has a very high incidence of rape, especially in and around Johannesburg, where the problem has become increasingly common among adolescents.

 

Furthermore, South Africa is characterised by one of the highest numbers of HIV-positive citizens in the world. Although the government has implemented a number of prevention programs, around 18 per cent of South Africans between 15 and 49 years of age live with HIV/AIDS, making the disease the biggest health issue in the country.

How you can help

 

For about a dollar a day you can help orphaned and abandoned children in South Africa by becoming a child sponsor.  Give orphans in South Africa a home by sponsoring a child today.