The purpose of our organization (we are registered as a non-profit) company is to facilitate the growth of a vibrant and compassionate community (village) which provides care for those in need and opportunities to serve to those who have been put in a position to do so.
Establish and run a program for abandoned and vulnerable babies (0-6 years) with the capacity to also take in babies with limited metal and physical disability.
This program is to have three steps: caring, enabling integrating.
Caring means that the basic needs of the babies – food, shelter, health, attention etc. – are provided for in a residential care facility. Enabling firstly means that through individualized therapy by a network of professionals as well as internal programs (such as an ECD program) the babies are positioned to live their lives to the fullest. Secondly the staff and carers are enabled, through training to provide excellent care to the babies and also grow in their personal capacity. Integrating means that the babies are incorporated into the life of the Evangelical Lutheran Congregation and broader community and where possible prepared to i. return to their family/community of origin, or ii. be taken up in long-term foster families or iii. placed in suitable institutions.
Fund-raising, marketing and publicity work is done to allow our broader community (private persons, organizations and co-operates) to buy into the program and free resources on a long-term basis to cover the needs of the program.
A trusting relationship with our stakeholders and donors is to be maintained by transparent and accountable management of the finances and financial reporting.
The long-term sustainability of the program is further maintained by setting up income generating projects using the resources available (e.g. land, water, unusable donations).
Have you ever heard of St. Martin? If not, here is history. Martin grew up in a Roman family in Hungary (4th Century A.D.). As a ten year old he started attending bible classes and asked to be baptised. To help him get rid of his new ideas, his father sent him to a military school. Travelling as a soldier in eastern France on a freezing winter night, he came across a beggar dying of exposure to the cold. Martin took his sword and cut his heavy military cloak in half, covering the beggar with the one half and saving his life. That night Jesus appeared to Martin in a dream wearing the cloak Martin had given to the beggar.
This experience would change Martin’s life. Giving up his calling as a Roman cavalryman, he was baptised and became a soldier of God’s word, travelling all over France, preaching and teaching. Later in his life the people of Tours in Northern France caught him and made him their bishop where he served till his death. Martin’s act of sharing brought him to Christ and transformed his life, giving him a whole new sense of purpose and meaning. We stand in the tradition of St. Martin. Our lives have been given new meaning through God’s generosity.
His generosity in; creating, saving and sanctifying us. His generosity in giving us the opportunity to serve him by serving others – especially those who are most vulnerable / the least among us (see Mt 26:40). As a congregation we asked how we could reach out to our community in a caring way. Speaking to various stakeholders in the social services of our district, the need for a home abandoned babies, especially those with disabilities, repeatedly
surfaced. Thus – after much prayer and deliberation – the idea of St. Martins Village took shape, starting with a home for abandoned babies on a property opposite the church in Hutten Heights.
Our congregation stands behind the project. Various members have been actively involved in the planning process and have taken on roles in the organisation. Furthermore the congregation has committed the proceeds of our recent Christmas Market – R 65 000 – to kick-start the project. With this money we plan to cover the rent and running costs in the first months. We will however be running the project as an independent NGO, giving us the opportunity to reach out to a broader audience and to conduct our business in a more transparent and accountable way and make the donations tax-deductible.
Welcome to the village!