Place of Mercy and Hope
Education, Nutrition, Health Care
Who We Are
A Distinct Identity
The Place of Mercy and Hope is a collaborative effort between the Marist Brothers, Sisters of Mercy and Lay Person's in the Sundays River Valley, Addo, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
The program assists families who are from incredibly disadvantaged communities, with a specific focus toward children.
Our program cares for a Baby and Toddler Centre, Creche and Pre-School, Clinic, Soup Kitchens and Adult Learning programs.
The Place of Mercy and Hope work extensively with children who have been abused and those that have HIV/Aids, Tuberculosis, Cancer and other common South African illnesses.
Making A Difference
Toddler, Crèche & Pre School
We care for over two hundred children with a staff of 11 dedicated educators in the Valencia Formal Settlement in Addo. Our education program prepares our children to flourish in a Primary School environment.
Helping The Community
We are dedicated to stepping up our efforts to alleviate hunger and malnutrition in
this area. We run Soup Kitchens in a number of Formal and Informal Settlements
feeding hundreds of children and adults weekly.
Adult Learning Courses
It always seems impossible until it's done.
Computer lessons are taught throughout the Valley, offering children and adults
the chance to learn and understand the importance of the Computer. These
lessons were developed by Sister Breda.
One Step at a Time
A Summer Camp is held annually in December in the Langbos Informal Settlement. Our Youth Empowerment program develops every year. We welcome just under 500 disadvantaged children, 20 special needs children, welcome 10 newly appointed South African Marist Student Leaders (Head Boys and Head Girls) of the five Marist Schools, Marist Alumni from the five South African Marist, two German Marist Alumni and local volunteers who are mentored by the Marists.
Addo Township Designs
Our goal is to empower local women of the Valencia Formal Settlement by
providing them with the skills necessary for sewing and embroidery. Raymond Nel
(a St Henry's Alumnus) donated sewing machines, a Wendy House and funded the
education of local ladies in business management. Addo Township Designs supplies school uniforms to local schools, creates handbags and can embroider anything customers require.
Reinforcing our Commitment
Our mission is to assist those incredibly sick and dying by providing Health Care to the Valencia Formal Settlement.
We have three dedicated
Home Based Carers who walk Valencia Formal Settlement daily attending to those
who have HIV/Aids, Tuberculosis, Cancer and other common South African illnesses.
We also have a resident Medical Doctor.
Committed to the Cause