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December 2015 Newsletter PDF Print E-mail

December NEWSLETTER 2015

 

It has indeed been great year for all of us here at Fatima House. The girls enjoyed their holidays and look forward to the new school term. Although it has been a hot month, our girls have managed to cope with the heat and it has not affected any of them. We thank the good Lord for good health.

Programs have been running as usual and our doors open to the public. In the Christmas spirit our girls managed to make beautiful Christmas cards for each other bearing in mind that it isn’t the cost but the thought that counts. Some of our girls had gone for the holidays but the ones who stayed behind really had a good time. They were home away from home

A snippet of how Christmas was spent here at the house. The girls had so much fun and took many selfies. None of them was on a low spirit wishing they were home, they loved every minute of their holiday.

As a house norm, we party big and share with our friends. We would love to thank these ladies for taking some time out of their personal plans and coming out to celebrate with the girls. These gestures forever remain tattooed in the girl’s hearts, these are memories they will treasure forever, knowing you were there for them at a time when friends were on a deficit.



“Gratitude is the memory of the heart”… St Mary Euphrasia
There is never a dull moment here with the love showed to girls by the sisters of the Good Shepherd. The girls are taken out on educational and inspirational outings. These tend to complement in-house programs as the girls get to have a clearer and deeper understanding of theoretical programs offered in the house.
As upcoming mums the girls are taught what motherhood entails and are given an opportunity to engage with little children as a way of learning about the role they must play as parents.

In commemorating Christmas, the girls celebrated with these children and watched them act out the Christmas play and perform a lot of presentations. The girls were greatly honoured to spend this particular graduation day at one of our schools in Madidi as children performed and danced songs like Sarafina!!!
As we begin a new year we hope one of your resolutions is to help the needy. Remember change begins with one person and that one person is you, yes you. What are you waiting for?


We wish you a fruitful and blissful, new year!!!


Compiled by Andile (social Worker) and Sr. Juliet
Edited by Sr. Lydicia “Thank you ever so much for being so generous for Fatima House”.

 
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

 

 
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