In 1999, children living in poor and dysfunctional communities in George, South Africa, started attending Sunday School at a local church. After an investigation, the church set up an informal wooden structure in the township where they lived to feed the children once a week.
Two years later, Philip and Maryna DeVries from the USA accepted the challenge to come to build on this foundation as an NGO, and LIFE Community Services was born. They developed an outreach programme and mobilized local and overseas churches, foundations, businesses and individuals to assist communities suffering deprivation.
George is an area that has a high TB death rate, AIDS crisis, a high per capita alcohol abuse problem, and an escalating divorce rate. Through the implementation of community focussed programmes, LIFE began to successfully tackle these social concerns.
LIFE was registered as a Non-Profit Organisation in March 2001 and in 2008 as a Public Benefit Organisation.