Saturday, 3 December 2011

Christmas Party 2011!

Our annual Christmas Party for our families from Diepsloot took place on 3 December 2011 at Brescia House Sports grounds. We were blessed with wonderful weather-clear, blue skies-perfect for a braai; and the fun and games lined up.
Jumping castle fun

Face painting-a big hit!

Present time

Let the games begin!

The day went off well, and was enjoyed by all. Thanks to all who contributed to making it a success-a special thanks to the JAM team who volunteered their time and assisted us. We look forward to the next one- December 2012- here we come!

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Home After
Home Before
A family who we visit near Diepsloot.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Hand-made products for sale from the Art & Craft group in Diepsloot led by Annette on Saturday mornings. The group started in Feb 2011 and before then the ladies had no experience in embroidery, sewing or knitting. Contact Roy Hawkins if you want to buy some of these great items.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Amy Kleinhans-Curd, her daughter and SSVP members assist a family whose home recently burnt down in Diepsloot.
Much thanks goes to those at PLP who generously donated many needed goods at short notice for this family in need.

Sunday, 26 June 2011

A few weeks ago I, Jacqui, sent out an emergency appeal for assistance for one of our Wednesday members, Esnart. The response was overwhelming. I cannot tell you how much it meant to all of us who visited her last Wednesday; we felt like a group of Guardian Angels thanks to all of you. The photos tell the story though I will give a brief description to explain more comprehensively.

As we unloaded all of your kind donations Esnart's eyes just filled with tears until she started crying. It was such a good feeling doing what we have been called to do - on that day we collectively improved the lives of a family of God's most needy. She now has more than enough blankets and bedding for the family, lots of food to tide her over, a gel stove, toys for the children, clothes for them all and some money. We all know that it will not last forever but I will work closely with Queenie to see how we can make an impact in the longer term. For now, Esnart's family is warmer, better fed, and a little happier with life thanks to you all.

Jacqui's husband's car brimming with donations - pic on right above

Bec (on the right) is an SVDP member working here but based in Australia - with her is a friend out from Australia.

The outside of Esnart's shack. As you can see, there is space to increase its size within her plot.

This is the extent of the shack inside - I took this photo from the doorway. There is one double bed for six people and no cupboard within which to store to hang things. The shack has lots of holes in it which let in the cold and the rain. This is definitely an area we can help to improve for her.

The giant hedgehog on the bed is courtesy of Bryan Rix!!

Thank you very very much to the anonymous donor who generously donated this wheelchair to Gift, who is deaf and blind.

Until now, his mother and other family members have had to carry him each day to a taxi rank to take him to the nearby disability therapy care centre, Bona Lesedi. She gratefully and thankfully accepted this wheelchair that will now make a huge difference to the lives of everyone in the family.

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Sophie has a practical means of transporting her food and blanket!
Sophie and Queenie
Lies and Cathy trying to make food parcels go the extra mile for two desperate residents of Diepsloot we met today.

whilst Mum sorts out food and blankets, the children do what children do best- play

warm and enjoying it!

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Evandrie enters the house of a family we visited in Diepsloot with food parcels Easter goodies:
The visit before Easter took place in miserably cold and wet conditions, however the distribution of bi-monthly food parcels with the addition of Easter goodies still goes on with a smile and "the strength of ones arm and the sweat of ones brow":

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Members of SSVP are packaging Easter food parcels containing sweets, chips and biscuits generously donated by TRIG Distributors.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

A Big congratulations Brian!

Members of the Phiri Soweto and Bryanston Conferences were celebrating the 25th

anniversary of Brian Rix as a Vincentian and also 80th Birthday.

What a fantastic achievement!

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Roy & Lesley visit the volunteers who are preparing the vegetable garden at the X12 SSVP Container in Diepsloot. Planting of seeds is about to begin shortly.

Monday, 28 March 2011

New Bed for Utilia and family

SVDP assisted Utilia

and her family in Diepsloot

with a new Bed.

Feeling a bit tired !

23 March Wednesday Visit

Jacqui Grieves is chatting to Fathers John, Tobias and Cosmos. Father Tobias is from Lesotho and they are attending a religious conference in Pretoria Placid and Bec: Placid lives at Diepsloot Parish and helps with the Wednesday visit.

The parcels being laid out

Some of the children enjoying a snack from the food kindly donated by Spar Fourways Gardens.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

This morning Roy Hawkins had the pleasure of showing Sr Notburga, of the Ursuline Sisters, around Diepsloot. We visited the following:

Fr Cosmas, the Diepsloot Parish priest,

The Rikona nga Lufuno school who SSVP are in close association with,

Agrippa at Bona Lesedi, and
the Wednesday visits team at the container in X12.

Monday, 28 February 2011

Thanks Fourways Spar!

A Big thank you to Fourways Spar for the bakery products that SSVP
give to needy families in Diepsloot.

Saturday, 29 January 2011

Craft Classes anyone? - Annette de Vries is a creative and dedicated volunteer who has marvelous skills and ideas for designing various crafts. She has started a craft class every Saturday at our container in Diepsloot. Here we have a great turnout of 8 willing candidates learning to sew and knit together. We wish all who are involved in this project much success and hopefully rolling out items for sale in the near future.

Saturday, 22 January 2011

For a number of years now the Bryanston Conference of SSVP has gratefully used one Bona Lesedi‘s containers at their premises in Diepsloot as a food distribution depot. Due to expansion and changes within Bona Lesedi’s organisation it became necessary for SSVP – Bryanston to acquire their own container to store food for distribution from this well established position in Diepsloot. Fortunately Bona Lesedi allowed us precious space to keep our new container at their premises. The process of sourcing, purchase and acquisition of the said container began in mid-2010. It has been a slow process due to a number of hurdles along the way such as quoting most reasonable prices on various sized containers, availability, price increases and decisions thereof, site preparation and changes of situation, delivery co-ordination, quoting for installation of door and windows with sufficient burglar proofing and so on.

Our next steps are to install blinds or curtains and Prepare it for primer where needed and painting in the SSVP light blue colour together with a SSVP logo sign riveted on the side.

Thanks to Absolute Containers for their support of our outreach program by discounting the price of the container.