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March 2016 Newsletter PDF Print E-mail

March NEWSLETTER 2016

 

Alas the rain has finally decided to fall. As we jump into the next season we celebrate nature and are grateful for the long awaited rains.
The girls are slowly transforming into ladies, the baby bumps are growing bigger and the girls look cute with them. Every week the girls’ body shapes change from the growth of their babies, thus causing a constant demand of a change of clothes. We would love to thank all parents, guardians and friends of Fatima House for their continued support as the girls are always adequately and decently dressed despite the changing shapes and sizes. It is important to note that it is not only their bellies that grow but their knowledge span is also enlarged and their view of the world around them more objective. As they await the birth of their babies, they are focused on their school work, and are laying the foundation of a better tomorrow for themselves and their babies.


The girls and the Sisters of the Good Shepherd Fatima House

The first school term has come to an end and the new term is upon us. The girls are excited to have gone to and come back from holiday. Most of the girls had gone home to spend the holidays with their families while some of the girls stayed in the house with the remaining. We appreciate the family and all the donors and well-wishers who have shown support to the girls. Nothing beats knowing they are not alone in this journey, though a stranger at first glance, you journey with them and care enough to reach out.
As you already know that here at the house, “…one person is worth more than the whole world…” (St. Mary Euphrasia), we celebrate everyone’s birthday. The girls are made to feel home away from home as this house is the family they have while away from home. Here is a snippet of how we celebrated one of the girl’s birthday. We hope all March babies out there enjoyed their birthdays.

The birthday girl was in awe of the gesture as she did not expect a celebration of her birthday. She was humbled and extremely grateful to the Sisters for their kindness and for taking time out of their busy schedules to celebrate her birthday.


“…we must be everything to everyone
Do well all that you do
Love the girls, love them very much…”
St Mary Euphrasia, foundress of the Good Shepherd Sisters.


Fatima House is no longer subsidised by the Department of Social Development and therefore we are appealing to people of good will, former/past girls (beneficiaries) and well-wishers to help us financially as the demands are still there. Apparently we are back to square one whereby we continue to oppose abortion and try to give the little angels life so as to prevent the babies to be dumped into the dust bins and the girls are given an opportunity to continue and further their studies while we appeal for funding. I am sure in my mind that this project will continue for we have always experienced the mercy and love of Jesus, the Good Shepherd in your generosity and care for Fatima House.
The end of March marks the end of our 2015 financial year. The new financial year comes with new challenges as well as better and bigger plans for the future. After thorough research, the Sisters of The Good Shepherd Fatima House founded this particular work as they saw a need to save lives. The pro-life mission has helped a lot of young scared girls and has also blessed those who could not bear children of their own in the same light. With the growing rate of teenage pregnancy, the need for places such as this one has sky rocketed. Make a change, partner with us or any organisation doing good for the community. Remember a little goes a long way so we appeal to well-wishers and those in favour of the work we are doing to continue supporting us. We are truly grateful for all your support through all ages.


Compiled by: Andile Moyo (Social Worker)
Edited by: Sister Lydicia Letlaka

 
February 2016 Newsletter PDF Print E-mail

February NEWSLETTER 2016

 Scorching sun, unbearable heat, moist air need I say more? This is just a poor description of the outside atmosphere. Love, warmth, understanding, and care this is just a tip of iceberg of the pleasures and tranquillity experienced here at Fatima House this month despite the heat.

All the girls have adjusted well to their new school as well as the shelter itself. We look forward to a great year ahead. Although some of the views are still a bit blur, and some of our girls are still trying to cope with their mistakes, it is important to note that they are not their mistakes and cannot be identified by them, the current circumstance is a minor storm in their lives and will push them to build brighter futures for themselves and their babies. The ladies are focused on their studies and the future not on the pathos their currently facing.
The programs offered in the house are focused on helping the girls to make the most of the opportunities they have. The midwife classes are still running. The beneficiaries, understand the health benefits of exercise in pregnancy. This has also helped them to stay healthy and deal with exhaustion due to the pregnancy. All their questions and concerns are professionally addressed. Myths are also dis-credited and the girls get to enjoy their pregnancy knowing exactly what to expect.

Therapeutic work is also still running. The girls / beneficiaries understand their world and how each part connects to the next. They understand their weaknesses and their strengths and are learning how to cope in every situation.
Computer lessons are also still running, thus equipping the girls with basic computer skills. This is to ensure that they are in sync with the business market trends and to further prepare them for university tasks.
Two of our girls gave birth to healthy babies this month. They have both reunified with their families, as always, here is a snippet of one of our babies.

While love was the norm of every household this month, we would love to thank you for taking time and reaching out to spread love externally, (if you did).In commemoration of Valentine’s Day, the girls received some gifts from well-wishers. We would love to thank the Bethany Pregnancy Crisis Care Centre for supporting our girls this month, we are grateful for the time they spent with the girls as well as the gifts they gave to them.

Gratitude is the memory of the Heart… St Mary Euphrasia

 

Fatima House does not exist in isolation we support as well as work with other stakeholders in an attempt to make a change in the social ills of the community. This month we matched against human trafficking in the city of Pretoria and ended up with the Holy mass at the Cathedral. Human trafficking is the worst form of slavery and it degrades humanity and we thus urge all our readers to assist in whichever way possible to undo this evil trade. We cannot sit silently and watch while our fellow brothers and sisters fall prey to this social ill. Become the voice for the voiceless. They cannot speak for themselves neither can they fight this alone, but together we can. We urge you to spread the word, let’s make a difference


Compiled by: Andile Moyo
Edited by: Sr. Lydicia Letlaka

 

 
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