About us

About Us

Established in 2001, we are committed to developing and implementing Christian-based
interventions that transform the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children in George, South Africa.

We are leaving a lasting imprint.

LIFE Community Services is a Christian NGO working to confront the dilemmas and crisis facing impoverished children in South Africa today. We work primarily in the Garden Route city of George.

6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?

7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter —
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?

8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness[a] will go before you,
and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.

9 Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
“If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
with the pointing finger and malicious talk,

10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.

11 The Lord will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.

12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.

Our Motto, Mission and Vision

The motto that we live by is: ‘Touch a life and mend a heart.’ We are committed to leaving a lasting imprint on a child’s life. One that not only changes how they see themselves and the world around them but also the lives of their own children one day.

To see the heart of the community changed through the Gospel, treating all people with LOVE, DIGNITY AND RESPECT.

To establish and provide integrated community-based services that strengthen disadvantaged families, create job opportunities, and help individuals to fulfil their God-given potential.

Our History

Our History

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.

Meet The Board

Sally Versfeld

Sally Versfeld

Sally Versfeld

Catherine Fourie

Althea Coetsee

Althea Coetsee

Althea Coetsee

Catherine Fourie

Catherine Fourie

Denzel Kennedy

Denzel Kennedy

Denzel Kennedy

Maryna De Vries

Maryna De Vries

Maryna De Vries

Neziswa Gobisiba

Neziswa Gobisiba

Neziswa Gobisiba

Philip De Vries

Philip De Vries

Philip De Vries