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Projects in South Africa

Projects in South Africa

The “new” South Africa inherited a very difficult situation. The consequences of the policy of apartheid will continue to affect the development of the country, and our project work, for decades to come. This means that the potential for violence among young people is extremely high. Another huge problem in South Africa is the rapid spread of HIV/Aids.

Help for victims of sexual abuse

South Africa is one of the countries with the highest rape rate in the world: every ten minutes a woman is raped. 40 percent of young people under 18 report having been raped at least once in their lives. Victims of violence from the townships and rural areas in particular lack professional support. Our partner organization LifeLine in Pietermaritzburg offers first aid to victims and establishes contact points for victims of sexual abuse at regional hospitals.

Strong for the future: hope for young people from townships

Even more than 20 years after the end of apartheid, living conditions in the urban poor and rural areas of South Africa are still extremely difficult for the predominantly black population. Young people in the province of KwaZulu-Natal in particular suffer from the lack of work and prospects in their region. Our partner organisation Dlalanathi strengthens their talents and encourages them to complete an education and become actively involved in society.

Basic information

Size: 1.2 million km² (29.5 times Switzerland)

Population54 million (6.4 times Switzerland)

Human Development Index: 0.666 (rank 119 of 185 countries)

Distribution of income %83 (0 = equal distribution / 100% = one person has everything)

Share of population from 0 to 24 years48.5% (Switzerland: 26.5%)

Homicide rate31 per 100 000 inhabitants (Switzerland: 0.6)

Focus of work: prevention of violence, health

Program Coordination

Hafid Derbal
Programme coordination Zimbabwe and South Africa, Desk Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
061 335 91 54 | hafid.derbal(at)terredeshommes.ch
Hafid DerbalProgramme coordination Zimbabwe and South Africa, Desk Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

061 335 91 54 | hafid.derbal(at)terredeshommes.ch

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