Help fill her bowl – not with turkey and ham, but a nourishing meal of spaghetti bolognese prepared with love by the volunteers of our Woza Sidle project
What would Christmas be without a special meal and gifts exchanged with loved ones?
For many South African children living in poverty, there may be no meal at all … let alone a special one! And not one gift.
Unless someone like you gives it.
In Diepsloot, an informal settlement located on the outskirts of Johannesburg, the level of poverty is extreme. And this year, it got a whole lot worse.
Because, the Covid-19 pandemic hasn’t just taken lives. It’s taken jobs … thousands of them … that were all that stood between many families and starvation. Schools were closed for months during lockdown, denying children access to school feeding schemes.
But now, Christmas is almost here. And we want to make sure that the 500 children who collect food from the SSVP kitchen on a daily basis have something extra to make the day special.
Your donation of R500, R250, or even R100 won’t provide a brightly wrapped gift or tinsel to hang on a Christmas Tree. How frivolous those things must seem to children who often go to bed hungry.
Instead, your gift will ‘buy’ something much more important and meaningful … protein rich beef mince, onions, tomatoes, pasta and cooking oil – everything our dedicated volunteers need to dish up a generous portion of spaghetti bolognese to every hungry child.
Please help us reach out this festive season, with an outpouring of love and the humble belief that this is what Jesus would want us to do. Your donation of any amount you feel moved to give will bring the magic of Christmas to this struggling community.
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!
Your donation isn’t just about giving a poor person a meal at Christmas time. It’s about letting them know that others care … that you care about them.
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