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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

 

 
January 2016 Newsletter PDF Print E-mail

January NEWSLETTER 2016

 

2016, a fresh start to a new year. Having recuperated and refreshed, the Good Shepherd Fatima House is still as flawless as ever in its service delivery. A lot was learned from the girls from the previous year 2015, and this has helped us to embrace the changing needs of teenagers thus assisting us in rendering tailor-made services just for them.
There’s a common Zulu adage that says “ukufunda akupheli…” translated in English it means, learning is a lifetime process. At Fatima house we learn something new every time we admit a girl into the shelter. We believe that no human being is exactly the same (“one person is of more value than the whole world”, words of St. Mary Euphrasia, foundress of the Good Shepherd Sisters. It is because of this that we find it easy to embrace every individual with her unique qualities. All lessons learnt help us in building on to our knowledge base and the practice itself.
The most important aspect in dealing with pregnant teenagers is a non-judgemental attitude. It is equally important to us to respect their decisions. We are a shoulder to lean on when the need arises, we are a friend in deed when in need, and we are here for the girls, from all walks of life. ‘… Love the girls, love them very much…’ St. Mary Euphrasia, foundress of the Good Shepherd
The school year has also resumed, and thanks to the Pretoria Hospital School for pregnant, all our girls were successfully enrolled. Through dedication and devotion to studies, we hope all our girls will work extra hard and excel in their studies so as to build a better future for themselves.
Programs have also resumed and the girls continue to expand their knowledge base.


The house also welcomed Sister Sobia from Pakistan. She was well received with warmth and love by the beneficiaries, staff and the sisters of the Good Shepherd. She is a much crafted young sister who has imparted her love for handwork on the girls and has also taught and mentored them in the craft. We have also welcomed new admissions of beautiful teenagers into the house.
Ladies from the Catholic Women’s league warmed the house with their love and support for the girls. They showered the girls with gifts, just when people thought January was not a time for giving since they’ll still be recovering from the previous year’s spending these women just defied the odds and proved that there is no perfect or right time to give, anytime is the right time. Not only did they give material gifts to the girls, they built the girls strength and confidence, their motivational speeches and testimonies will forever remain imprinted in the girls, as their words superseded their tangible gifts.

Ladies from the catholic Women’s League

 


DISCHARGES
We bade farewell to one of our girls after she gave birth to a bouncing baby girl. Our house continues to grow as we welcomed yet another soul into the world. Here is a snippet of our January baby;

 

We would love to express our gratitude to the friends and donors of the Good Shepherd Fatima House, your support keeps us going. We urge you once again to do good, put a smile on someone’s face anytime this year. Remember ‘…gratitude is the memory of the heart ...’ St Mary Euphrasia. Your kind gesture no matter how big or small will forever stay imprinted on the heart of the recipient and will forever bring a smile and sense of peace in you the giver.

 

Compiled by Andile Moyo
Edited by

 

 
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