Victory4All Projects celebrates 15 years

2018-06-07 06:01
Under the spiritual guidance of the local Victory Church, Astrid and Johan Vos’s (back middle) passion saw the birth of the non-profit charity organisation Victory4All Projects (V4All) on May 1, 2003. With them are principals Machrista Albertyn (Victory4All Homes), Martha Hutchinson (Rainbow Centre) and Soria Swart (Kings College).               Photo:MONIQUE BASSON

Under the spiritual guidance of the local Victory Church, Astrid and Johan Vos’s (back middle) passion saw the birth of the non-profit charity organisation Victory4All Projects (V4All) on May 1, 2003. With them are principals Machrista Albertyn (Victory4All Homes), Martha Hutchinson (Rainbow Centre) and Soria Swart (Kings College). Photo:MONIQUE BASSON

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SCHOOLS . . . foster homes . . . safe havens . . . a bakery . . . a soup kitchen . . . medical assistance . . . and lots of love and hugs: a multi-million Rand investment to educate, uplift and feed children in need.

What started with humble beginnings in the dusty streets of Pellsrus 15 years ago, is now a daily beacon of hope to over 650 learners in Jeffreys Bay and Humansdorp.

The beginning

At the end of 2002 Johan and Astrid Vos, gave up their lives in the Netherlands to come and make a real and lasting difference in the lives of the less privileged children of Jeffreys Bay and surrounding areas.

Under the spiritual guidance of the local Victory Church their passion saw the birth of the non-profit charity organisation Victory4All Projects (V4All) on May 1, 2003.

For the first two years they helped as many children as they could - with a home visit, some food and milk, doctor and hospital visits, or just a hug.

Little did they realise that their love and hard work would not only bring hope to those in need, but also educate and feed hundreds of children on a daily basis 15 years later, as well as boast a team of 75 local staff and over 20 local and international volunteers.

Projects

Since the start of V4All, the organisation invested close to R35 million into the community - with a special focus on education.

In 2005, their first real project saw the light of day: Noah’s Ark Play School that is home to over 140 little children between the ages of one and six.

Not stopping there, they have built the V4All Christian School, now known as Kings College.

Previously home to approximately 220 primary school learners, the school now accommodates over 350 learners after relocating to their new R34 million school building at the end of 2017.

Also on their tally of achievements are the construction and renovations of Rainbow Day Care Centre, home to learners with intellectual disabilities: constructing five additional classrooms, an art studio, a school hall and a skills centre.

With the help of their enthusiastic team, they put up four foster homes in Jeffreys Bay and three foster homes in Humansdorp at a combined cost of R4.65 million, while two safe houses were also erected in Jeffreys Bay.

The organisation also renovated two completely vandalised buildings at the Ocean View taxi rank, and transformed them into a ba-kery and a soup kitchen.

According to Johan and Astrid, the majority of funds are sourced from America, Europe and South Africa.

Future plans

“We truly believe that this is just the beginning,” says Johan who is inspired by the calling of God. “Not because we are smart, but because of His blessings and His dream for the children of the community.”

Future plans include the completion of Kings College. “We are currently busy with the second phase, which will see the construction of 11 classrooms. It is hoped that construction of phase three will commence before the end of the year. This phase will see the erection of an administration block, school hall and classrooms,” says Johan.

“We furthermore want to build an indoor sports centre at the back of the school.”

On completion of the projects, they will sit down with the board members to plan more dreams.

Success

Blown away by the success of V4All, the couple says, “We give our heavenly Father all the glory.”

They furthermore contribute the success of the organisation to a strong team of faithful and beautiful people with a high level of integrity - especially when it comes to finances. “At V4All, we use 100% of all donations received in and around our different schools and foster homes,” says Johan.

And the best thing about being part of V4All? “That all of the 100 employees and volunteers involved with the project on a daily basis belong to a team. We truly believe that nobody is able to fight this huge battle in isolation. It is good to pray together, work together and be part of a team that brings the solution: quality Christian education.”

For more information, contact Johan Vos at 082 821 4291 or send and email to info@victory4all.com or johan@victory4all.com (financial assistance).

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