WHERE WE WORK > SOUTH AFRICA
Empowering families to fight discrimination and poverty
The Akhanani (which means building up each other) Good Shepherd mission in South Africa aims to promote the well-being and safety of girls and children in the most disadvantaged areas of the Eastern Cape Province, through care and protection services and through holistic empowerment of local families by improving women’s economic status and parenting skills. Various interventions are being carried out as a response to very high levels of poverty, unemployment, dysfunctional families that reflected in numbers of single parents and child-headed families, teenage pregnancies, and also large rate of school drop-outs, alcohol and drug abuse, persons caught in sexual commercial exploitation, illness and diseases such as tuberculosis, HIV and AIDS.
The project is implemented in the suburbs of the city of Port Elisabeth and includes activities focusing on eradicating poverty through empowerment of girls, women and children and addressing issues of gender-based violence.
AREAS OF INTERVENTION
COUNTRY BACKGROUND / OVERVIEW
Structural challenges and weak growth have undermined progress of South Africa in reducing poverty, which have been heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic. High inequality is perpetuated by a legacy of exclusion and the nature of not inclusive development, which does not generate sufficient and decent jobs for most fragile population.
In South Africa more than one out of every five adults lived below the food poverty line in 2015 while 33,8% were living below the lower-bound poverty line. South Africans’ likelihood of being trapped in poverty is particularly determined by gender, race and location, and women are the most affected by extreme poverty. A low labor force participation rate is caused by a number of factors such as poor education, lack of economic opportunities, that together with gender are also strong drivers of poverty. All these factors particularly affect the Eastern Cape Province (called Natures Haven), where GSIF and their local partners work, which is the least resourced area of the country and has the highest unemployment rate.
Facts and figures
114/189 ranking UNDP Human Development Index (2019)
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