Ma's vir Wellington

by Louw van Riet on Dec 01, 2020

Ma's vir Wellington

A Chronicle of Love, Hope, and Community Transformation - The Inspirational Take of Ella and Stephanie's 15-Year Mission to Serve and Empower

Nestled in the heart of Wellington, South Africa, over the past 15 years, a beacon of hope has emerged, profoundly impacting the lives of numerous individuals and reshaping the community. Ma's Vir Wellington NPC is a testament to the potent forces of love, compassion, and the unwavering commitment of its founders, Ella and Stephanie.

The narrative unfolds with a simple revelation from Ella, a housekeeper and babysitter, who opened Stephanie's eyes to the pervasive poverty and hunger within their community. Desperate and hungry children would knock on Ella's door, seeking even the smallest morsel of food. This revelation ignited a deep sense of responsibility in Stephanie, marking the beginning of a journey that would alter the trajectory of many lives.

Initially focusing on addressing the immediate needs of the children residing near Ella's home, Ma's Vir Wellington, armed with a heart full of compassion, provided food, created makeshift tables for activities, and seized the opportunity to share their Christian values. Though the effort began modestly, the impact was profound.

As the number of children in need grew, so did the challenges. Ella and Stephanie faced logistical and financial hurdles, yet driven by faith and a belief in the power of small acts, they persevered, constantly reminding themselves to remain faithful to the little ones.

After a year, Ma's Vir Wellington shifted its focus to children between the ages of 3 and 6, recognising the critical importance of building a solid foundation during these formative years. The goal expanded beyond addressing immediate hunger to providing a nurturing environment where children could harbour hope for a better future.

Reflecting on the past 15 years, Stephanie, the Founder and CEO, expressed gratitude for God's goodness, grace, and faithfulness. What started as a small initiative has grown into a full-time ministry, featuring four programmes, four yearly projects, 13 staff members, and the support of 42 volunteers - all dedicated to serving the children and the community.

Ma's Vir Wellington is not merely an organisation; it stands as a living testament to the transformative power of love, compassion, and community engagement. As the story continues to unfold, this remarkable journey inspires our local and international customers as well as communities worldwide, demonstrating that a caring heart, fuelled by faith and love, can create lasting change.

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