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May 2016 Newsletter PDF Print E-mail

May NEWSLETTER 2016

The house has been warm with all your love and support, not a day goes by without us feeling the warmth of your love. For this we are forever grateful. “Gratitude is the memory of the heart.” (St Mary Euphrasia, the foundress of the Good Shepherd Sisters since 1835 in France, Angers)

We also welcomed two beautiful souls into the world. We have been blessed once again with two bouncing babies. All our babies were received with love and warmth into their respective families. Fatima House strives in re-uniting and re-building families and rebuilding trust within the family. Both girls have returned to school and continue to chase their dreams. We continue to be astonished by the baby boys thus far!

As a house norm, we celebrated one of the girl’s birthdays. Every birth is precious and everyone is worth celebrating. She was in awe of the gesture as she was taken by surprise. Here are some snippets of how the day went:


Mind you! The girls designed their own cards. They learn how to make them during Creativity sessions.
What an uplifting moment! In spite of all the challenges of the journey to motherhood, almost all our girls did very well in their first term examination. “Let no difficulty conquer you” (St M Euphrasia).
During the course of the month, the school honored those who passed very well. They were given ‘certificates of achievement’. We also congratulated them and encouraged them to work harder in the coming examination. It was during this moment that the girls also shared with one another what helped each to perform well. Most of them mentioned that commitment to their study was their key to their good performance. This includes, a lot of sacrifice and discipline. We wish them ‘Good Luck’ for the June exam.

Once again, we would like to say a big thank you to all our readers and those who are interested to our ministry. To all those who contribute in anyway, in the improvement and empowerment of our girls, we are indeed grateful. Let us together continue to build the future of our girls. Our experience of the providence God has become vivid in a way, we realize that this ministry is still relevant today. Through the generosity of our benefactors and all who promote culture of life, we seem to have a good number of people coming with some goodies at our door. For this, we are truly grateful. All what has been collected is for our girls, their babies and even for the later stage of growth. May Jesus, the Good Shepherd continue to bless you in your generosity!

Compiled by: Andile and Sr. Juliet
Edited by: Sr. Lydicia

 
Apirl 2016 Newsletter PDF Print E-mail

April NEWSLETTER 2016

April, like all the other months has been good to us. We laughed, we cried, we played, but most importantly we grew our knowledge base. The girls have settled in well after their holidays and are coping well with their school work despite the growing demands of their pregnancies.
All the house programs are still continuing. The girls are still covering all the programs designed especially for them here at the house. Our Developmental program keeps growing, and we are thankful to the friends and volunteers of the Good Shepherd Fatima House for their priceless support and contribution to the lives of these girls and that of the future generation. “Let gratitude be the main spring of all your actions” (St M. Euphrasia).
Under the developmental program, the girls have been taught how to take care of their babies, classes are rendered for practical training on nursing/ nurturing a baby. Furthermore, they also learn about the A-Z of pregnancy. Now the girls have been blessed with yet another exciting program. This month, the girls met their birth couch. This is a new program and the girls are excited about it. Knowing that their doula, will be with them all the way to delivery. They have already warmed up to her and rapport has been established. The doula is professionally trained in child birth and will provide emotional, physical and educational support to the girls. Her purpose is to help the girls have a safe, memorable and empowering birthing experience.
Three of our girls gave birth to healthy gorgeous baby-boys. Fatima House prides itself in its excellence in service. Our diet is very nutritious diet and provides all the needed nutrients for the girls during their pregnancy phase which is in line with the babies needs for healthy development.

Baking is exciting and has a way of relaxing the mind and is a part of the shelter’s skills development programs. Getting dirty yet making something beautiful has an exhilarating thrill. During baking, the girls learn more than just mixing ingredients. They learn about the importance of each ingredient. How one ingredient cannot make a cake or a scone or anything but they need to complement each other. Similarly differences amongst themselves must be embraced as they all have different roles to play in each other’s lives during their stay here. The girls also learn about the importance of the family unit or structure, each person having a different role, hence the differences amongst siblings yet all of that is good for balanced structure.

All our girls are ready to take up their roles as mothers as well as take on the world as aspiring young citizens with big dreams for the future. They are goal driven more than ever and well equipped and informed to take on any of the world’s challenges.

Outdoor activities

The girls had a fun filled day at Hartbeespoort. Everyone enjoyed the beautiful and breath-taking scenery at Hartbeespoort. The animals at the zoo made the girls appreciate nature and they just loved the flea market. With so many things to see and adore, the day couldn’t have gotten any better, it was a day well spent zoo, dam, and flea markets.
Thank you once again to all those that have supported this mission. Your tangible and non-tangible contributions have gone a long way. You have played your part in the girls’ lives and we appreciate all your efforts.
Fatima House has played and is still playing its part in making this world a better place, but dear reader, are you?


“Dear God, what are we doing in this world and why are we here, if not to contribute to the well-being of our neighbour” St M. Euphrasia)


Compiled by… Andile Moyo
Edited by… Sister Lydicia Letlaka

 

 

 
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