Founded in 2001, the organisation supports about 2880 families in need in the community outside Vosloorus, including those headed by orphaned and vulnerable children. It recently held a graduation and Christmas party for the orphaned and vulnerable children who are headed into primary school.
The party was sponsored by the South African Revenue Service’s (SARS) Boksburg branch. As part of the gathering, each SARS official from the office sponsored gifts and clothes for one child.
“These children are the future of this country so we need to take care of them,” said SARS branch manager Nombuyiselo Sadiq. “You see the future of the country by how it takes care of its children.”
Sadiq added that South Africans cannot sit by and say they do not know how to get involved in community work when organisations like Villalissa Support Group exist.
The South African National Tuberculosis Association (SANTA) also donated basic toiletries and clothes to the event. SANTA volunteer Suzette Dyason noted that with the recent economic downturn, smaller NGOs like the Villalissa Support Group were increasingly feeling the funding pinch.
“If we can keep on addressing the issue of HIV, I think the number of orphan and child-headed families will decrease,” Dyason told OurHealth. “On the other side, with the world economy going down, it is difficult for us to reach all the children.”
Villalissa Support Group thanked the event’s sponsors and appealed for large organisations like SARS to ensure that smaller, community-based organisations benefited from companies’ corporate social responsibility programmes.