South Africa’s Orphan Crisis

  • There are an estimated 3.7 million orphans in South Africa.
  • 9% of adults in South Africa are living with HIV/AIDS.
  • 25,000 children have been orphaned by AIDS.

Supporting Orphans Aging Out

For older orphans who have grown up in South Africa’s orphanage system, AGCI is working to provide support through our Independence programs.

Through vocational training or scholarship at the University of Johannesburg, older orphans can receive the training and support they need to follow their dreams and create independent, successful futures.


For 19-year-old Namousa, AGCI’s Independence program is so much more than the chance to further her education—it’s the chance to break the cycle of poverty and follow her dreams. Following the death of her mother, Namousa was brought to a South African orphanage at the age of 7. Dedicated, bright, and committed to a different life than that of her family, Namousa worked hard at school and through the help of AGCI’s Independence program, recently graduated college with a degree in social work. Without this support, Namousa would be back on the streets, with no resources or skills to help her get her start in life. Today, this amazing young woman is practicing social work with the goal of intervening for other orphans so that they too can have the support they need to follow their dreams.