Place of Mercy and Hope
Education, Nutrition, Health Care
A Distinct Identity
The Place of Mercy and Hope is a Public Benefit Organisation located in the Sundays River Valley, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Our Organisation assists families who are from incredibly disadvantaged communities, with a specific focus toward children.
Our programs focus on Education, Nutrition and Basic Health Care helping thousands of children.
Our beginnings to present in numbers
Home Based Care Patients
Local Teachers Employed
Adult Education Graduates
WHAT WE DO
Making A Difference
Early Childhood Development
2 educational facilities caring for over 200 poor and vulnerable children annually, creating employment for 14 dedicated local educators. Each child is fed daily and our resident medical doctor and nurse perform body mass index measurements ensuring their growth and development is in accordance with the World Health Organisation.
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 over 400 children and adults weekly. We distribute food parcels daily.
It always seems impossible until it's done.
With 4 Computer Labs, computer lessons are taught throughout the Valley, offering children and adults
the chance to learn and understand the importance of the IT literacy.
One Step at a Time
A Summer Camp is held annually in December welcoming children throughout the Valley. Our Youth Empowerment program develops every year. We welcome just under 500 disadvantaged children, 20 special needs children and over 50 local and international volunteers.
Addo Township Designs
Our goal is to empower local women by
providing them with the skills necessary for sewing and embroidery. Addo Township Designs was born which 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.
We have three dedicated
Home Based Carers attending to those
who have HIV/Aids, Tuberculosis, Cancer and other common South African illnesses.
With a part time nurse and Medical Doctor our facilities are under extreme demand by the communities.
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
Our Contribution to the United Nations
How we contribute:
Providing nutritional meals to stunted and malnourished children and adults via our Education and Nutritional programs.
Place of Mercy and Hope runs feeding schemes in four informal and formal settlements in the Sundays River Valley. On average we feed 400 children and adults weekly.
In 2020, Place of Mercy and Hope distributed over 300,000 meals during COVID-19 hard lockdown in South Africa and celebrated distributing 1.4 million meals since our projects beginnings.
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
How we contribute:
Providing health care to poor and vulnerable children and adults in the Valencia Formal Settlement via Place of Mercy and Hope Clinic.
Place of Mercy and Hope employ locally trained Home Based Care practitioners who care for sick and dying vulnerable children and adults, daily.
Place of Mercy and Hope perform statistical monitoring of nutritionally stunted children to ensure our intervention is helping their overall growth.
Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
How we contribute:
Providing education, annually, to over 200 children ages 0-6 years by way of our Early Childhood Education Centre's at Place of Mercy and Hope and Lwazi Educare Centre.
Place of Mercy and Hope educates annually, on average, 290 adults through its Computer Literacy programs.
Committed to the Cause
Sr Martha O'Connor
Director of Place of Mercy and Hope
Sister Martha is a Sister of Mercy and has been involved in Education since 1970 teaching children from ages 4 to 16. She was principal of a St. Ursula's Junior School for three years. Prior to coming to South Africa, Sr. Martha was Head of Religious Education at St. Bede's Catholic College in Bristol. She also worked on the Pastoral Care team with vulnerable young students and school phobics. Sr. Martha accepted the challenge from her Mercy Congregation to come to South Africa in 2006.
CHANGE A LIFE TODAY
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Make a direct donation via EFT using the following details:
Account holder: The Place of Mercy and Hope NPC
Bank name: First National Bank
Cheque account number: 62683318896
Branch code: 255355
Swift code: FIRNZAJJ