Uplifting single mothers in need

2018-12-05 06:02
Debbie Schroeder with the bakkie that was donated to her to do good for the women and children of Pietermaritzburg.PHOTO: byrone athman

Debbie Schroeder with the bakkie that was donated to her to do good for the women and children of Pietermaritzburg.PHOTO: byrone athman

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AFTER a prayer session with God that lasted more than an hour, Debbie Schroeder woke the next morning, quit her job, and began her journey as the founder of NPO God’s Warehouse.

“It was divine intervention for me. God told me to make a change and ever since it’s been His will that has kept me going,” said Schroeder, who has been running the NPO for seven years now.

Unlike other NPO’s who focus on helping uplift the poor, Schroeder has chosen to focus on single, widowed, and divorced mothers and their children who she believes are sliding into poverty because of their circumstances.

“The mothers we help have to commit to trying to empower themselves. We do not do hand-outs but instead offer a hand up,” said Schroeder.

Despite having no legal experience, Schroeder said that she accompanies some of the women to court where she helps them fight their cases for maintenance and other issues.

God’s Warehouse mission statement is to empower women and help them on the journey towards a life filled with love, hope, joy, humility, honour, and dignity.

Schroeder claims that the plight of the solo parent is an unrecognised crisis: “With the continually increased cost of living, more and more mothers and their children are sliding into poverty.

“These mothers and their children often go without eating for days while not being able to buy new toiletries or clothing, all the little things which we take for granted,” said Schroeder.

To combat this over the years, God’s Warehouse has been distributing monthly “Love Boxes” to families in Pietermaritzburg, Hilton, and the rest of KwaZulu-Natal.

These “Love Boxes” are filled with food, cleaning supplies, toiletries and other necessities which mothers need to care for their children.

The NPO also provides counselling to mothers leaving, or those who have left, abusive relationships.

“The most important thing is for these women to know that they are not alone, there is someone holding their hand as they extract themselves from their nightmares,” said Schroeder.

God’s Warehouse currently does not get any funding from the government,

The organisation provides boxes of goodies to nearly 500 families, with each box being specifically tailored to meet the needs of the family who will receive it.

God’s Warehouse

First National Bank, Hayfields, Pietermaritzburg

Account number: 62412108434

Branch Code: 221425


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