An overview of initiatives launched by the Council General International, aimed at ensuring the effective functioning of the SSVP...
COVID-19 Crisis: Food parcels for those in need
Our thoughts turn to those who are suffering and in greater need than ever during these anxious and uncertain times. Many were already living hand-to-mouth. Now, more than ever, they need our support.
But we rely on collections taken at Mass to fund our work. With no one being able to attend Church, these funds have dried up. If you are able to help someone who is hungry and desperate, please make a donation online now.
Your gift of R90 for a small food parcel, R180 for a medium parcel or R270 for a larger parcel will make a difference. Apart from feeding our own communities at parish level, we need food for the Polokong Children’s Village, Frederic Place Old Age Home, Mercy House, Sisters of Charity, Nazareth House and refugees.
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.
Conferences that are actively engaged in distributing food to poor families need to take note of the government regulations...
President General’s Message on the Occasion of the 187th anniversary of the SSVP Published on: 13 April 2020 On...
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