26 years Relief Fund (4 January)
26 years ago, on 4 January 1993, Blessed Gérard's Relief Fund started tto operate. We help people in our area in genuine cases of immediate need,
- to give food to starving families,
- to give clothing to the poor
- to give building material to needy people whose huts have burned down or just
- to counsel and give advice to those who have no solution to so many different problems.
Circular letter Christmas 2018 / New Year 2019
Mandeni, 21st December 2018
God’s blessings for Christmas and for every day of the New Year 2019!
With our Christmas and New Year wishes, we would like to thank everybody wholeheartedly who we met, who kept in contact with us and who supported our help for people in need in Zululand / South Africa last year.
We have faced great challenges since the number of children in the children's home has doubled compared to previous years.
When we learned in July that there was a bottleneck in the delivery of AIDS drugs, we became very nervous, because we were short of funds anyway. That is why we sent a call for help by e-mail in July, which was very well received. Thankfully, since November, we have been getting all our ARVs back from the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health.
However, our AIDS treatment program is not limited to the administration of medicine alone, but is necessarily a comprehensive and holistic program that includes diagnosis, treatment preparation, treatment of opportunistic infections and cancers, antiretroviral therapy, therapy support, and social rehabilitation and livelihood security of patients and often including their relatives. In addition, in our inpatient 40-bed hospice, we treat and care for AIDS patients who are unable to recover due to resistance or advanced infectious diseases, and do the same in the outpatient hospice with approximately 300 patients per year.
Formerly we celebrated a "feast of life" on World AIDS Day, with a large crowd of healthy AIDS patients eating, drinking, singing, dancing, reciting poems and singing praises to our staff. I always had to quench my tears of joy, especially when patients say, "Without you we would all be dead". Now we cannot celebrate such a festival on World AIDS Day, because many of the patients are so well that they would have to take holidays from their employers.
In our program, we have never had an HIV transmission from mother to child because we lower the viral load below the detection limit just in time.
Our kindergarten is overflowing. Our clinic for malnourished children has a lot to do and we have promised over one hundred students again that we will pay for their education or vocational training or their studies in 2019.
That is why we are so infinitely grateful for your help.
As a small thank you, you may download our annual calendar for 2019 here: bbg-calendar-2019.pdf. Its pictures will show you that with your help we will dry so many tears, make so many sick people well, comfort and give new hope to so many hopeless people and make the lives for so many dying people still worth living.
I remain with very warm and grateful regards
Father Gérard T. Lagleder O.S.B.
Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard · P O Box 440 · Mandeni 4490 · Republic of South Africa
Phone +27 82 4924043 · Fax +27 86 6938940 · firstname.lastname@example.org · www.bbg.org.za
Bursary Fund: Grant of bursaries for 2019 (21 December 2018)
Our Bursary Fund granted the following bursaries for 2019:
|6||tertiary reapplicants||R265 025,00|
|11||tertiary new medical||R476 906,00|
|2||tertiary new nursing||R76 447,00|
|19||tertiray total||R818 378,00|
|108||school reapplicants||R699 451,70|
|3||school special||R21 240,50|
|35||school new||R88 185,00|
|146||school total||R808 877,20|
|165||grand total||R1 627 255,20|
26 years Poor-Sick-Fund (18 December)
26 years ago, on 18 December 1992, the activities of our Poor-Sick-Fund commenced.
10 years Convent (5 December)
Ten years ago, on 5 December 2008, Sr. Edith Zulu O.S.B. from the Benedictine Convent of Twasana in Zululand came to us. This was the beginning of a new chapter in our history. Later on two more sisters joined Sr. Edith. Today there is Sr. Conradine Mkhize O.S.B., a registered professional nurse with special training in palliative nursing, who joined Sr. Edith Zulu O.S.B., an educator, forming Blessed Gérard's Convent. Unfortunately the third sister of our Convent, Sr. Augustine Bhengu O.S.B., an educator, died in a car crash on 6 October 2018.
For further information about our Convent read "Benedictine Convent in Mandeni".
26 years Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard (28 October)
It was 26 years ago, on 28 October 1992, that the -Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard was founded by Father Gérard Lagleder O.S.B., Dr. Paul Thabethe, Sr. Thuli Thabethe, Geoff Kalkwarf and Clare Kalkwarf.
More about this in our chronicle.
22 years Care Centre and Hospice (3 September)
18 years Children's Home (9 July)
Our children's home was started 18 years ago, on 9 July 2000.
24 years AIDS Education and Counselling (23 May)
23 years ago, on 24 May 1994, we started our AIDS Education and Counselling Programme.
14 years HAART / AIDS Treatment Programme (1 April)
14 years ago, on 1 April 2004, was the official commencement of our AIDS Treatment Programme.
19 years First Aid & Emergency Service (30 March)
19 years ago, on 30 March 1999, our first aid and emergency service made its first deployment.
25 years Malnutrition Clinic (15 March)
25 years ago, on 15 March 1993, we opened our Malnutrition Clinic.
25 years Bursary Fund (3 February)
22 years Disaster Relief (26 January)
22 years ago, on 26 January 1996, Blessed Gérard's Disaster Relief Project was initiated, when the Department of Water Affairs issued a flood warning for all people living along the Tugela River.