Mbashe Development Program

This Development Program aims to improve the well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable, using an approach that is long term (15-20 years), holistic, focused on children, and seeks to enable their families, local communities and partners to address the underlying causes of poverty. These root causes are not just lack of access to the basic necessities of life like water, food or health care, but also include inequities like gender or ethnic discrimination, or abusive practices like exploitation or domestic violence that affect a child’s well-being.


62 people attended financial workshops on the importance of saving and how to start savings and loan groups, which offer savings accounts and small business loans to people who otherwise wouldn't have access to basic financial services. 110 families are better able to provide for their children after receiving sheep or chickens for food and a source of income. 60 families learned how to grow nutritious vegetables through our agricultural training program. We supplied them with seeds and fertilizer to help them get started. 18 church leaders participated in a Channels of Hope workshop, equipping them to start Hope action teams at their churches to address issues related to HIV and AIDS, such as preventing stigma and discrimination, and caring for orphans and other vulnerable children in their communities. 34 people were trained in Citizen Voice and Action—World Vision's advocacy approach that improves relationships between community members and the local government and empowers people to hold the government accountable for providing quality health and education services. 317 children joined our health clubs, which promote healthy hygiene practices and life skills through fun activities. We also supplied 33 schools with soccer and netball equipment. They started sports clubs to raise awareness of the dangers of drug abuse, reaching 2,500 children. 40 teachers and home-based caregivers were trained in first aid and supplied with first aid kits to care for children. 570 households gained access to clean water from water tanks installed in 13 villages, helping to keep kids safe from waterborne diseases and enabling them to go to school regularly instead of having to travel long distances to collect water. 49 early childhood development centers were equipped with water filters, providing clean water for 2,597 children. 3,400 children gained access to books and educational materials through new libraries built at 11 primary schools. 40 early childhood development teachers were trained in curriculum that focuses on child development and teaching methods for young children, benefiting 1,200 children. Together with local partners, we organized an awareness campaign on the rights of children with disabilities and provided 49 children with wheelchairs. 61 people attended forums on gender-based violence, resulting in the formation of a community group that is working to prevent violent crimes against women and to address high levels of unemployment among women in the community.

Cross-cutting issues



  • South Africa>Eastern Cape>Amathole


  • Agriculture
  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Education
  • Health
  • Human Rights Democracy and Governance
  • Protection
  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene

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