Along the journey, she has seen just how devastating poverty can be. “When I started doing the household screenings I saw some terrible things that people who are in need go through. I’ve seen women stay in physically abusive relationships because they believed they needed the man just to survive.” Sylvia says. Early on while working with HOPE worldwide SA, a mother who had received food support from Sylvia the day before saw her in the street and fell at her feet. The mother explained how her family had slept properly for the very first time in a long time after receiving the food. Why? Because their hunger pains and groans would keep them awake at night. They would drink water to silence their tummy’s groans temporarily. Now, their filled tummies meant they could finally sleep!