The Victoria Lodge Community Non-Profit Organization was started in January 2017 by Joanne Stroebel.
Victoria Lodge is recognised and regulated by The City of Cape Town, who provide water (2 taps for sixty people) and chemical toilets. They also have electricity meters.
The houses are made of zinc sheets and it has been around for 30 plus years. The inhabitants have all been on the housing waiting list for many years.
We strive to help uplift and improve the lives of the people living here by various means.
The NPO supports the children, of whom there are 27, in a variety of ways.
We work alongside the social work system (BADISA) to ensure that all children have birth certificates and receive the appropriate grants.
We liaise with their schools, ensuring that all school outings and any events are paid for, so that the children are never left behind for lack of funds.
One of our young ladies has just been awarded for being second in the grade for Grade 7. Along with the Honeybun Foundation, we have ensured placement in a good high school for her.
Every child’s birthday is celebrated with a cake and a gift.
A group of dedicated volunteers ensures a cooked meal twice weekly on a Friday and Sunday for the whole community.
Pick ‘n Pay Gabriel Road donate vegetables and meat every second Wednesday which is distributed to all of the families.
Support is provided for the children in the foundation phase, with the help of volunteers, some of whom are teachers and Speech Therapists. Many donations of toys and books have enabled us to set up a space in which to play educational games and read aloud to the children, who thrive on the love and attention.
There is a newly established vegetable garden, from which we hope to soon be supplying organic food to enrich the diets of all.
For any person wanting to volunteer or donate clothing, toiletries, toys, books (Afrikaans children’s books are always sought after) please call Veronica on 083 773 6637.
Our bank details:
Victoria Lodge Feeding Scheme
All works sponsored by Schmidhauser Electrical and Plumbing