ELEOS was birthed out of a desire, to effect tangible change, in the lives of those living in poverty. ELEOS is named after a Greek term, which means “Mercy in Action”. Eleos is a registered, non‐profit organisation which aims to deliver social services to underprivileged children and their families in Pretoria‐West. The people of this community not only struggle to obtain the bare essentials but are also burdened with enormous financial, physical, emotional and mental stresses.
For the past fifteen years ELEOS has organised many initiatives and projects running in the suburbs of Danville and Booysens in Pretoria West. In these areas, major social needs and psychological problems are related to living conditions, such as poverty, violence, family disintegration, abuse, alcohol and drug abuse, teenage pregnancy and a lack of life skills. These handicaps are often passed from one generation to the next.
Helping people help themselves is about realising people’s potential, thereby giving them the skills, tools, confidence and access to markets they need, to fulfil their potential and work their way out of poverty. The aim of our work is to create sustainable development in people and their circumstances, by helping them to help themselves.
We at ELEOS are investing in these communities and believe that we can
– help these babies to develop to their full potential;
– help these children to rise above their circumstances;
– help these adults to become better role models for their children and reach their full potential;
– help these people find God’s purpose in life.