Victoria, or Mama V as many people affectionately call her, is our local friend and contact living and working in Mbonisweni. If you’ve been following my blog for a while now, you might have watched a video of her here.
About ten years ago, Victoria and her husband Charles were on their way home from town and saw a group of children searching for food near the local dump. Concerned, Victoria spoke with the children and found out many of them were orphans and some were searching for food because their parents were ill and there wasn’t any food at home. Victoria began to invite the children to her home and started to feed them. As the task grew, she invited the community members to help her. She then established Siyabulela Home Based Care in 1999.
Currently, Ten Thousand Homes is helping Victoria and her volunteers provide a meal on Saturdays and Wednesdays (after school) for the orphans and vulnerable children under the care of Siyabulela Home Based Care. The number of kids recently more than doubled! We’ve been feeding 125-150 kids on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Victoria’s daughters Hazel, Thandi, Nomzamo, and Nandi as well as a volunteer named Florence do all the cooking every week. We
are so thankful for their faithfulness and heart for the children.
Mama V recently took four kids into her home because they needed a safe place to live, Petros being one of those kids. She treats them as though they were her own kids. For those of us who saw the kids when they first came to live in the Hlatshwayo home until now, it is so incredible to see what God has done in their lives through this family.
Please continue to pray for Victoria. She is doing incredible things for the children, but as you can imagine, this is not an easy task. Please pray that God would continue to give her and her family the strength she needs to continue to be the stability and light of Jesus these kids so desperately need.