A collection of reports and articles about Blessed Gérard's Children's Home
It was like child Jesus looking for a place to stay when the Police came to us on 30 December 2020, and placed this nine-month-old girl into our care at our Children’s Home. We are glad that we can provide all the tender loving care and a protective home for her that she lacked before.
Christmas gift giving at our Children’s Home
24 December 2020
One of the bigger girls in our children’s home was asked to write a short note what she likes or dislikes about living in a children’s home.
Her thoughts are really touching, especially what she said about Christmas in our Children’s Home:
„Growing up in the Children’s Home is one of the greatest experiences I have ever felt.
It was like growing up in a normal house with your siblings just that the difference was that we had many moms and dads.
Especially I like all our Christmas feasts because, there is no happier feeling than just seeing your family being united and smiling, laughing.
After Holy Mass we have “Open Doors” in Father Gerard`s lounge.
Everything is nicely decorated and Father has a lot of juice and biscuits for us.
“Open doors” with Father is the best because everyone is happy being together.
I mean what better feeling is there than sitting together with your brothers and sisters in a big room with biscuits and nice cold juice talking and laughing with your dad and your siblings.“
Sixteen junior children of our Children’s Home went onto an educational camp at Pennington Resort on the KZN South Coast next to Scottburgh from 14 - 16 December 2020.
The purpose of the camp was to engage children in recreational activities and important life skills education which is necessary for their personal, social and cognitive development.
The ADVENTURE GROUP (TVG) team were responsible for recreational camp activities while our Child and Youth Care Workers and one Social Worker were responsible for the life skills education.
Our Children’s Home welcomed this seven-year-old girl on 19 November 2020.
We are ready and prepared to look after her and provide a safe and healing home for her.
Our Children’s Home welcomed three newcomers on 5 November 2020.
We are ready and prepared to look after and provide a safe home for them.
Our Social Worker Musa Shezi welcomed three boys, 12, 9 and 8 years old, on 27 August 2020, as newcomers in our Children’s Home.
It is an honour and obligation for us to provide a new home for them here and make them feel loved and secure.
One of the most fulfilling tasks for all our employees and volunteers is to help when help is most urgently needed.
Giving an abandoned new-born a loving and good start into life is such a task.
The child welfare office of the Department of Social Development brought us a new child on 1 July 2020.
The little boy had been found by passers-bye on the banks of the Tugela River in dense bush.
The baby was exposed, hypothermic and still attached to the placenta.
Paramedics stabilized the new-born on scene before transporting the baby to a nearby hospital and from there he was given into our care.
The children in our Blessed Gérard’s Children’s Home welcome him like a new little brother.
Our care givers mother him like their own baby.
This little boy shows us in the middle of the corona crisis and in the middle of all the difficulties, which we have to face in these times, that it is worth being there for each other.
It is with great pleasure to introduce you to our two youngest children from the children's home: The twin girls were born in December 2018 and have been with us at the children's home since 13 February 2019.
Their mother was unable to take care of them and therefore, they came to us in a rather neglected condition.
The most important thing our caregivers can do now is to mother them and love the two little girls as much as possible.
With so young children who have had such a difficult experience, such as the loss of a trusted mother, it is especially important that they feel safe and affectionate.
Our caregivers are dedicated to this task around the clock and we see with great joy that they are developing into happy little girls.