World Vision South Africa (WVSA) started in 1967, one of the first WV offices in Africa. It has been both an internationally and locally funded resource office since then. Currently World Vision South Africa is working in six out of nine provinces in the country, in Gauteng, Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Free State and Western Cape, reaching nearly one million people. Over 50,000 children are registered with WVSA.
Child Protection/Child Well-being – Protecting children from abuse is key to World Vision South Africa’s strategy and is one of the three elements that is being integrated in our work. In 2011 World Vision South Africa has joined forces with the National Department of Social Development in a five year theme on Child Protection: “Working together to ensure every child is protected”. This was followed up by four years funding to take Child Protection and Advocacy to communities. This will ensure training of community based organisations, faith based organisations and other like mind organisations so that there are equipped with necessary skills to prevent, protect and restore children. World Vision South Africa also partnered with Film and Publication Board to raise awareness of the impact use of social networks and media when it comes to children and youth. This awareness targeted schools, communities and church leaders.
Economic Development – Organising and empowering local communities, men, women and youth to be involved in local economic development for sustainable livelihood. World Vision South Africa has a programme of advocating with cooperates as part of their social responsibility to support such groups so that there is increase income at household level.
Gender and Development – Gender based violence - The Gender, Advocacy and Christian Commitment teams have played a major role in working with faith based communities in the Umvoti ADP, whereby the rolled out the Channels of Hope and Gender programme, in order for the Churches to strengthen its mitigation against Gender Based Violence.
Health and Nutrition – Child and maternal health - World Vision South Africa have pushed up the tempo for the Campaign on Child Health. The Campaign was re-designed to suit the local context, and a baseline was conducted to assess the status of Child and Maternal Health in the areas where the campaign will be focusing. The team has mainstreamed itself to belong to and lead key networks in the reduction of Child Mortality in South Africa. The team has been instrumental by representing the Children Sector in the drafting up of the National Strategic Plan for HIV and TB.
HIV and AIDS –Prevention from mother to child is the key advocacy message that we are working with the communities and department of health. This is also aligned to the government priorities of ensuring babies are born free of the HIV virus that causes AIDS.
Urban – Networking on building a united and strong voice on protecting children from all forms of abuse and ensuring the urban area has safe environment for children, children health and education.