Umzimvubu 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.


60 women were better able to provide for their children after learning how to sew through our vocational training program. 180 families whose children were diagnosed with malnutrition received seeds and training to help them start vegetable gardens. More than 4,000 children received balanced lunches through supplemental feeding programs at 10 schools. We helped the schools establish vegetable gardens and set up the feeding programs, which they now operate independently. The percentage of people with year-round access to clean water increased from 28 percent in 2013 to 83 percent in 2014, in part due to our distribution of rainwater-harvesting tanks to 32 households. 69 families whose homes were destroyed by a devastating fire received emergency food parcels and blankets. Together with Scripture Union, an organization focused on Bible reading, evangelism, and discipleship, we offered life-skills education and leadership training for unemployed young people who did not have the opportunity to finish their education. They learned about issues such as the harmful effects of substance abuse, HIV prevention, the importance of education, and how to find employment. We partnered with local churches to hold advocacy meetings on gender and child protection issues in the community, and to raise awareness of the needs of orphans and vulnerable children. As a result, pastors, teachers, and other local partners are caring for the health, nutrition, and education needs of 300 children. Together with a local school for the hearing impaired, we held community meetings with 500 stakeholders, such as the local police, churches, and the Department of Education, to raise awareness of the unique needs of people with disabilities and how to best support them and their families.

Cross-cutting issues

|Most Vulnerable Children|Gender|Environment|Protection|Advocacy|HIV&AIDS|


  • South Africa>Eastern Cape>Alfred Nzo


  • Agriculture
  • Health

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