We are a federally registered not for profit organization in Canada. Our ministry is not based on, or motivated by religion. We serve people without regard for their gender, creed or spiritual affiliation.
One of our main aims are to add value to our own communities by making available voluntourism opportunities in the areas where we are involved. These experiences are of immense benefit to people in our local communities as each trip brings about life-changing experiences that make indelible marks of goodness on volunteers--which impacts our own communities in many positive ways.
Another main aim is to transfer skills and provide health and sanitation fascilities to impoverished communities.
Humble Beginnings, 30 Years Ago
Thirty years ago, Leah Hortelano started an aid program from her home in Chatham, Ontario to help poor people in the Philippines. Over the years, her program grew in stature and effect, and gained much public support and corporate assistance.
Twenty five years ago, Jean & Adele du Plessis started programs in Johannesburg, South Africa to help girl children at risk in the inner-city slums. Over the years, the program called The House Group, gained international recognition, and assistance from many foreign governments.
Ten years ago, Leah, Jean and Adele teamed up in Canada to share resources to reach out to more people in the poorest communities internationally. During 2012, the two cooperating programs merged in Eyes of Leah International Aid, a not for profit corporation. Sadly, Leah passed away in 2013 from cancer.
Her legacy lives on.
Members of the Board of Eyes of Leah hail from London and Sarnia, Ontario. We are fortunate to have members / volunteers over the SW Ontario area to keep things moving and expanding. We are always looking for more input from new members.
We do not have staff on a payroll. Everything we do is accomplished with volunteer time and effort.
Thirty years is a long time.
We can never publish all our documents, videos, TV programs and articles. Below are a few videos and photos of some things that were documented over the years.
Residents Intombi Shelter Hillbrow, 2004
Nomzamo, Lucy and Ntabiseng. Two of them became staff members and worked at The House Group for many years after graduating from school
St Magadhalene Church Hillbrow 1998
Adele du Plessis and Minister Welfare Geraldine Moleketi
Illustration of The House Hillbrow made by one of residents
Jean du Plessis, co-founder The House Group, Hillbrow, Johannesburg.
Adele du Plessis, 1992, Hillbrow, Johannesburg
Adele du Plessis, co-founder The House Group, Hillbrow, Johannesburg.
The House, 2005
Skills training bead work
2005, skills training center
Belinda, Crown Gardens Skills Center Johannesburg 2001
Kulula Skills Center Cullinan
We built 14 cabins and a dorm. Could accommodate up to 70 children in this residential care facility for Skills Training
St Origen Church, Cullinan, 1995
Old rock stable was rededicated to St. Origen Church. Served the Kulula Skills Center and surrounding areas. Several members were buried in the beautiful graveyard next to the church.
CHEEKY paid with her life for speaking out to help the children
Cheeky had been "on the street" since she was 10 years old. She wanted to go public and speak out about police and ANC (political party) corruption running brothels in Johannesburg. She appeared in sever television exposes. She was brutally tortured and murdered by a policeman who was later convicted of her murder, and about 30 other people.
Intombi Shelter, Johannesburg 1997
St. Magadhalene Church, Hillbrow 2007
Church of the East South Africa, baptism. The little one in front is Thandi, our little darling troublemaker who continues after 20+ years to have a good relationship with us.
Hijack preventing vehicle decoration 1994
Norther South Africa Skills Center for girls at risk
Hillbrow Drop-in Center 1993
In the back, Ponte Towers the 50-storey ANC repat settlement accommodation and offices in Hillbrow
Case workers retrieving children at risk from pimps
A good day, pimp was elsewhere occupied. we could save a load of children that day. 2001
Case Workers in Hillbrow streets, 1998
Karina (Norway) 1998, Kulula Skills Center, Cullinan
We had a great petting zoo replete with turkeys, chickens and more
St. Magadhalene congregation, Hillbrow 1996
A wedding celebration after the service. Church of the East's St. Magadhalene chapel, Hillbrow.In back, Prieur the Director and center is Joseph, champion and hero of the streets. Our chief streetworker.