Get behind the SSVP Team – bringing hope to people who are suffering and in despair
Help us put food into their hands
In places like Bergsig in the Northern Cape and Diepsloot, an informal settlement located on the outskirts of Johannesburg, children know what it’s like to go to bed hungry. Massive job losses, triggered by the lockdown, have left their parents struggling to put food on the table.
Whole communities are reeling under the burden of extreme poverty and the threat of Covid-19. Promised government food parcels have failed to materialise. And family and neighbours can’t help because everyone is suffering.
Just a small plate of food and some bread literally means the difference between hope and despair.
And it’s yours to give, simply by supporting the Society of St Vincent de Paul today.
Your donationof R150, R350 or any amount you can spare helps keep our soup kitchens stocked with nutritious vegetables, beans, rice and a little meat.
A contribution of R500 provides a food parcel with enough rice, cooking oil, mealie meal, canned fish, sugar, tea and soap to last a family of four an entire week.
If you can, please consider adding a little extra to your donation so we can give the most needy a few toiletries – soap, toothpaste and deodorant. How humbling to think that these basic necessities are beyond the reach of so many less fortunate people!
Any amount – donated online now – makes a difference.
And let yours be the generous hand that lifts hungry children and adults from the depths of despair.
Our core work involves alleviating the worst human suffering in areas of abject poverty – where families live in homes made of cardboard or thin plastic … where unemployment and malnutrition is rife … and where parents are dying and leaving children to care for one another.
We help the hungry, the homeless, the sick, vulnerable children and destitute aged.
And because most of the work is done by volunteers, almost every cent you donate goes directly to helping those in need.
PEOPLE FED DAILY
YEARS OF HISTORY
Why we do this work
I have always felt that I was not doing enough to show God how thankful I am for all that He has done and keeps on doing for me. Joining SSVP enabled me to practice the same love that Jesus’ life on earth radiated, an unconditional love that is given freely without expecting any rewards.
I grew up with SSVP in my home – my parents have been members for more than 20 years. After losing a loved one, I joined SSVP to recover from my loss by helping others who have experienced the same. My heart holds a special place for children in need.
I didn’t choose to join SSVP – the holy spirit led me to it. The work of the society echoes my favourite quote of St Vincent’s: “Let us love God, but let it be with the strength of our arms and the sweat of our brow.”
Poverty provides a deeper motivation for understanding your neighbours, welcoming others and attending to those who are suffering. I would say go so far as to say that poverty helps you understand what happiness is, what serenity is in life.” Frédéric Ozanam