How a large institution developed from a makeshift solution ...
Blessed Gérard's Children's Home was started on 15 May 2000 by assigning a part of the building of Blessed Gérard's Care Centre and Hospice to the then new project and two care-givers were employed full-time. In these preliminary premises we could only accommodate ten children and we were soon full. We wanted to help more of these vulnerable children. Therefore, we had to build a larger building in order to provide them with a proper home. Blessed Gérard's Children's Home was officially opened by the Grand Hospitaller of the Order of Malta on 9 July 2000.
First wing In 2002 we built a new building for Blessed Gérard's Children's Home, which was solemnly opened on 15 December 2002 by the Grand Commander of the Order of Malta.
Extensions 1 and 2 In the years 2007 and 2008, the children’s home was significantly expanded and blessed by the then new Bishop of Eshowe Xolelo Kumalo on 22 June 2008.
Extension 3 In the years 2012 and 2013 the children's home was again extended by the modification of a building tract, previously used as a hall, and the establishment of a soccer field next to the Care Centre. The Bishop of Eshowe Xolelo Kumalo blessed it on 12 October 2013.