During Lent, please consider making a donation to good works through SSVP – we'll make sure it gets to those who are suffering and in need.
This Lent, we need to do more
The past year will go down in history as one of the worst ever humanitarian health crises – affecting millions of lives, as well as destroying the economy, increasing poverty and unemployment. And, as always, it is the poor who have suffered most.
SSVP efforts to distribute food and other basic necessities have been hampered by restrictions, lockdowns and the need to keep ourselves and our families safe. Even now, with the promise of a vaccine on the way, it may take years for people to recover from the devastation wrought by Covid-19.
We are committed to not only keep doing the necessary and demanding work of helping those in dire need – but doing more to make up for lost time last year. Every member of SSVP is ready to respond with hard work, greater dedication and service.
But it takes support from others … generous and caring people like you, who are willing to help pay for desperately needed food items and other necessities.
As we begin the season of Lent, let us all use this opportunity to reflect on how we may better serve those in need … to develop greater empathy and compassion … and to decide to go without something ourselves in order that someone else can have something to eat tonight, and clothes for themselves and their children.
Please will you make a special gift during the season of Lent – as as your personal sacrifice and your commitment to showing others greater kindness and love?
Any amount – R150, R250, R500 or more – makes a difference, and will be put to immediate use to relieve suffering and distress for someone in true and desperate need.
Please also pray for those who have lost their lives and those who are fighting Covid-19 right now, as well as the doctors and nurses putting their own lives on the line to fight the pandemic.
Thank you and may God bless you for your kindness.
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.
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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