Get behind the SSVP Team – bringing hope to people who are suffering and in despair
Hope is the only thing greater than fear
Right now – as Lockdown and job losses bring more people face to face with extreme poverty – we must work harder to keep hope alive. When you have no idea where your next meal will come from, it’s easy to give into despair and crippling fear.
As Christians, we are committed to ensuring that no one in need is ever turned away empty handed. Members of the St Vincent de Paul Society have been working tirelessly to pack parcels of basic food and other essentials … and distribute blankets to protect people from winter’s freezing misery.
But we could do more … much more … if others are willing to join in too.
Your donation of R140 could buy two warm blankets for someone who has to sleep on the city’s icy pavement because he or she has no home.
A contribution of R500 would fill a food parcel with enough rice, cooking oil, mealie meal, canned fish, sugar, tea, soap and toilet paper to last a family of four an entire week.
Any amount – donated online now – makes a difference.
If hope is the only thing greater than fear, then love is the only thing stronger than despair. Please show your love for someone who will wake up tomorrow filled with fear … not knowing where their next meal will come from or who to turn to for help.
Let yours be the generous hand that lifts them 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.
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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