Help One Now is doing orphan prevention and family empowerment projects in partnership with Take Action Ministries in Pretoria, South Africa and the surrounding area.
The work focuses on education, health care, economic opportunity, and spiritual development in order to transform communities and keep vulnerable children WITH their families.
ABOUT SOUTH AFRICA
Population: 52.5 million; 18.3 million under 18 years old
Area: 471,400 sq miles
Year of Independence: 1994 Union of South Africa formed on May 31, 1910 and Republic of South Africa declared on May 31, 1961 under minority rule during Apartheid and gained full independence under majority rule in 1994.
PEOPLE IN SOUTH AFRICA
- 94% of students complete primary education.
- 44% of students complete secondary education.
- Life Expectancy – 56 years (down six years from 1990)
- 17.9% of population living with HIV/AIDS
- Use of improved drinking water sources in rural areas – 91.5%
POVERTY IN SOUTH AFRICA
Pop. Living In Poverty:
- 13% living on less than $1.25 per day (extreme poverty)
- 20% living below the Food Poverty Line
- 45% living below the Upper Bound Poverty Line
Orphan Pop.: 4,000,000
HIGH RISKS IN SOUTH AFRICA
We are partnering with Take Action Ministries in Pretoria, ZA to empower and resource key community leaders as they care for orphans and vulnerable children.
We will focus on holistic community development to keep vulnerable kids WITH their families and help transform the community. Essentially, it’s orphan prevention! By addressing desperate social needs such as education, nutrition, health care, social awareness, leadership training, and economic development, we can ensure that families have a chance to stay together. They won’t have to make the impossible and unjust decision of which children they can afford to keep. And in time, as health and education permeate this younger generation, change and progress will come from within rather than without.
Under the local leadership that Take Action has established, and with the help of the Help One Now vulnerable child sponsorship program, we believe that these families can break the cycle of extreme poverty.
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