Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard

13 years HAART / AIDS Treatment Programme (1 April)

13 years ago, on 1 April 2004, was the official commencement of our AIDS Treatment Programme.

Our Newsletter 2017 and Annual Report 2016 is now available online!

18 years First Aid & Emergency Service (30 March)

18 years ago, on 30 March 1999, our first aid and emergency service made its first deployment.

24 years Malnutrition Clinic (15 March)

24 years ago, on 15 March 1993, we opened our Malnutrition Clinic.

24 years Bursary Fund (3 February)

It was 24 years ago, on 3 February 1993, that Blessed Gérard's Bursary Fund paid out its first bursary.

21 years Disaster Relief (26 January)

21 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.

Bursary Fund helps in 2017 more than ever before

It was on 11 January 2017 that our Bursary Fund promised

  • 151 students bursaries for their school education to the total value of R853,249.00
  • 53 tertiary students bursaries for their university studies or nursing colleges to the total value of R1,465,537.45, i.e. in total
  • 204 children and young people to pay for their education to the total value of R2,318,786.45

More information about our Bursary Fund is available here.

24 years Relief Fund

24 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,
for example

  • 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.

24 years Poor-Sick-Fund

24 years ago, on 18 December 1992, the activities of our Poor-Sick-Fund commenced.

8 years Convent

Eight 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 are Sr. Conradine Mkhize O.S.B., a registered professional nurse with special training in palliative nursing, and Sr. Augustine Bhengu O.S.B., an educator, who joined Sr. Edith Zulu O.S.B., an educator, formin Blessed Gérard's Convent. For further information read "Benedictine Convent in Mandeni".

First Aid duties during the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy in the Vatican (30 October - 12 November 2016)

Two South African teams consisting of one medical doctor, one nurse and two ambulance assistants each provided First Aid duties in the Vatican Basilicas in Rome from 30 October to 12 November 2016 during the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.

24 years Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard

It was 24 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.

20 years Care Centre and Hospice

It was 20 years ago, on 3 September 1996, that our Care Centre and Hospice and our church were blessed and opened.

16 years Children's Home

Our children's home was started 16 years ago, on 9 July 2000.

22 years AIDS Education and Counselling

22 years ago, on 23 May 1994, we started our AIDS Education and Counselling Programme.

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