Members of SSVP are the 'hands of Jesus' - delivering a plate of food to a hungry boy. Let us take your love and compassion to places where people are hungry and in despair.
What will 2020 hold in store?
One thing is certain – poor and unemployed South Africans will continue to struggle to clothe themselves and put food on the table for their families.
And that means that Vincentians must continue to be the hands of Jesus – reaching out to help those who are suffering and in need.
But we can’t do it alone. We depend on other caring people …. people like you … to help provide the funds we need to fill food parcels with basics like rice, sugar, maize meal and tinned fish.
Jesus told his disciples: “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40) His message of compassion and caring continues to inspire Christians around the world to help those who are less fortunate. If you are inspired to do good in His name, please consider making a donation online now.
R250 buys 20kg of rice … R200 buys 20kg of maize meal … R130 buys 6 cans of corned meat and R240 buys a case of tinned pilchards. Any amount you can give online now makes a difference to someone in true and desperate need.
So please make your New Year resolution now to give a little of what you have to help your less fortunate neighbours. Thank you!
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