It's going to take time to rebuild South Africa. Please donate towards food parcels for those who have lost their jobs.
Food crisis looming
The worst of the violence and looting may be over in KZN and Gauteng. But a second, far worse, crisis looms.
Every person who worked in those shops, factories and businesses is now unemployed, with little hope of being paid at the end of the month. Many of them were supporting up to six dependants. How will these people survive?
It will take months to rebuild damaged businesses. Many will never re-open … their owners too discouraged, or totally bankrupt after 18 months of punishing Covid-19 lockdowns.
The Society of St Vincent de Paul is stepping in to distribute food parcels to those affected, country wide.
We urgently need maize, sugar, cooking oil, rice, flour, milk, tinned food, baby formula and nappies to save people from terrible hardship.
Your donation of R250, R500 or any amount you can spare will be put to immediate use to buy essential items for distribution to wherever the need is greatest.
Any amount – donated online now – will be deeply appreciated and will make a difference. Thank you for caring about so many South Africans who are facing an uncertain future right now.
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