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November 2015 Newsletter PDF Print E-mail

November NEWSLETTER 2015

The school term has come and gone. Some of our girls have already gone home for the holidays and others are still waiting to be picked up by their loving guardians. The doors of Fatima house remain open to any young pregnant teenager out there, don’t get left out this festive season with an assumption that the services here have also been closed till next year. You are most welcome as our offices are still running and our home is still as warm as ever.


Admissions


The house has welcomed yet another brilliant, young, talented and expectant teenager into the house, she has been welcomed with cheerful hearts and lots of love from both the beneficiaries, staff and Sisters of the Good Shepherd Fatima House. January 2016 admissions are also in progress and the house has already registered a few girls for next year’s intake thus showing our commitment to the service we render.


Outings


*educational trip
The girls were taken on a trip to the famous Gold Reef City Apartheid museum. They learnt a lot while there and had a lot of introspection to do. The exposure and knowledge they got far supersedes what they have been formerly taught prior to the trip. At the apartheid museum the girls got a clearer or more vivid understanding of the history and heritage of South Africa. At some points during the tour of the museum each girl had a moment, whereby they became emotional. The mere imagination of what their elders must have gone through for them to have their independence made them realise how they must work hard to build a better nation as was fought for by their fore fathers. They also reflected on how they as the youth have misinterpreted and abused this freedom.
A lot of maturity was mirrored by the girls through their interpretation of their trip. They realised the importance of unity, how the actions of one person can impact on a nation and change the lives of many. This made them reflect on their own lives, realising their mistakes as well as the impact that these mistakes have had on the family as a whole.

 

*life lesson
The girls also had the privilege of being invited to and witnessing a kindergarten graduation at Makaunyana. This gave them an insight into parenthood/motherhood. Seeing the little ones graduating made them realise the responsibility that lies on their shoulders to ensure that their babies get a decent education. Thanks to the government and the sassa grant even those from families who cannot afford school fees, children can at least get an education, and to adoptive parents for ensuring that the wishes of the girls for their children, in terms of education, are met.


This was an emotional event as the girls got to understand the importance of pro-life. Seeing those little babies graduate made them realise they had made the right decisions by keeping their babies and that they had given another human being a chance to live, laugh, and love.


Congratulations to these little princes and princesses on their first graduation

 

Discharges
One of the girls bade farewell to the Shelter after being blessed with a bouncing baby girl. The young lady was successfully re-united with her family

One of our beneficiaries and her gorgeous baby


The joy reflected on this young mother’s face on meeting her baby is more than reason enough to keep Fatima House running. Knowing that we have helped yet another expectant teen to celebrate life gives us joy and peace. We say congratulations to this lady and all the other young mothers out there, your bravery will forever be an inspiration to other pregnant teenagers.


To the friends of Fatima House, we would love to say thank you very much for all the work and efforts you have made in assisting us in keeping these girls’ dreams alive. We would not have made it without you, yet above all we thank the good Lord for the success. Happy holidays to all our readers and friends of the Good Shepherd Fatima House. Give to the needy and share your love with everyone.

Faith makes all things possible, Hope makes all things work, love makes all things beautiful, May you have all three for this Christmas.


“Gratitude is the memory of the heart” St Mary Euphrasia.

 

Compiled by Andile Moyo
Edited by Sr Lydicia and Sr Juliet

 

 
October 2015 Newsletter PDF Print E-mail

October NEWSLETTER 2015

Admissions

We admitted one girl from Soweto this month and discharged two, one with a baby girl that was born on the 30th September. She had normal birth and she is able to travel from school to write final exams. The other girl was a bit disturbed and needed a special care. We had tried to meet her half way but she seemed to be in need of high care. The others are non-scholars and are kept busy learning skills and some academic stuff preparing to go back to school next year.
”Rejoice every day: Live joyfully!”…St Mary Euphrasia… As the sun continues to warm the house so does the love you share with us and the beneficiaries of the Good Shepherd Fatima House.
The girls still continue with their everyday programs and engage with the sisters and midwife on the road to delivery while the social worker provides therapeutic services to add a balance to the road to delivery and thereafter. Pregnancy can take its toll on a woman, and because we understand this, we ensure a flawless holistic service delivery which is appreciated by our beneficiaries even after exiting the shelter. Our lessons remain a part of them forever these are tattooed on the girls’ hearts to last forever.


The thought of bringing a young being to the world seems a bit overwhelming to the girls initially. (Why? When? Who? How? What? )These are common questions we deal with here at the house from our teenagers, but thanks to all our volunteers and professional staff all these are addressed adequately prior to the birth of a child. Once the girls leave our care they are well equipped to face the world and deal with challenges, they are also goal driven and strive to achieve their set goals.
The aim of the Good Shepherd Fatima house is not only to assist the girls with their pregnancy needs, but to help them build their characters and attitudes as well as to mould and direct them towards a brighter future.
We have seen an enormous shift in the girls’ view of the world and themselves. As they enter the shelter, the world seems to be a bit cloudy and they don’t really understand where they stand in it, this confusion causes a rise in tempers and sometimes a wave of sadness as well as a negative attitude towards future aspirations, after a while this confusion clears and the girls perfectly fit in to the system willingly as they begin to understand themselves and focus on rebuilding their lives.



Fatima House prioritises its beneficiaries’ school work and as such we ensure that they have all the equipment they need to assist them in this regard. Thanks to the Sisters, Staff and the friends of Fatima House for assisting us in this regard. Please keep our girls in your prayers as they write the matric and also those who will be writing in November. They have worked so hard and they deserve to pass with distinctions!!!
As you are well aware that here at Fatima House the birth of everyone is worth celebrating. We had our hip hip hoorays this month as we celebrated the Sister in Charge’s birthday. Fatima house values team work and this was a great reflection of our team spirit.

The house also welcomed our two sisters from Madagascar on their way to Hungary. Memories have been made with them and we have learnt a lot from each other. Nous vous remercions de votre soutien (we thank you for your support).

“…we must be everything to everyone
Do well all that you do
Love the girls, love them very much”


St Mary Euphrasia – foundress of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd Sisters

 
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