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September 2016 Newsletter PDF Print E-mail

September NEWSLETTER 2016

 

The month of September is gone with its exciting activities. We all welcomed spring with joy after spending most of winter with lots of clothes. Well, our ladies were looking forward for spring as they started swimming. The pool was opened exactly on the 1st of September and the girls were playing with water and then they asked for swimming costumes of which every now and then they are ever swimming. The month is also indicating that the year is about to end. So our girls are fully aware that they have to study harder.
“It is important and necessary for one to know where she comes from….” These are the words used by most of our girls on Heritage Day. We had a celebration whereby each girl had a traditional attire that says who she is. Each one of us gave the speech explaining what is more outstanding about her culture and what it is means to her today. It was an exciting moment because the girls were indeed proud of who they are and where they come from. The ceremony was well organised because one of the girls was “a master of the ceremony”. It took place in the evening because of having to change and put lots of make-ups and etc. What was more striking was, even the girls whom we all have believed to be shy, on this occasion, they were as alive and spontaneous as ever we could think. This exercise has helped the girls to uphold the culture that is liberating and let go off what is oppressing. It has also made us aware that there is no the so called ´my culture is the best” rather that we need to accommodate each other by both giving and receiving. The girls also had a wonderful at school as they were also dressed up in their traditional attires. This was also the day we made people to real speak what they believe is their language! Oh we had such a laughter for now and then we needed translation. It was fun the whole evening. Even just by the mere of doing the thank you gesture, that was a fun. At the end of the celebration, the gifts were offered to the girls.

We are proud of our culture! Sr Alice giving one of the girls, a gift

The MC on Duty!

The MC on duty! Precious gift for the day!
During the month of September, we had a special occasion, our AGM. Our board members, as usual, worked very hard for the success of this meeting. “The wonderful work you are doing is a tree of love and life” (St Mary Euphrasia.) May our Shepherd Lord bless you for the love and time you give to Fatima House, foe we do appreciate your effort and time. It is always good to see all people who are interested to what we do to extend the mission of Jesus the Good Shepherd. From the reports which were presented, it was so clear that people do care and want this ministry to continue. One could realise the great change which has been brought in the lives of the girls who have passed through Fatima House. The reports also indicated a great need and support which spells out that we need each other to collaborate for a better service for we are dealing with people that are being pushed by our society to be where they are today. Please do check our website and see how you can still contribute in this precious mission.
Our home is privileged to be blessed by one of our joyful and active sister from Madagascar. She is presently staying at Fatima House. Her name is Sr Alice. We wish her all the best during her stay at Fatima House and we hope she will enjoy working in our ministry and staying in our Country.

We would like to express our gratitude to all our donors. We appreciate everybody who contribute in any way for the growth of Good Shepherd Fatima House. “Gratitude is the memory of the heart” St. Mary Euphrasia – the foundress of the congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd.

Compiled by: Sr Juliet
Edited by: Sr Lydicia

 
August 2016 Newsletter PDF Print E-mail

August NEWSLETTER 2016

It has been a great pleasure during this month of August which in our country is dedicated for women. We thank our Creator for the gift of women! From time to time, we had casual discussions with our girls, about what the month of August meant to them. They just loved the topic. The following are some phrases they used to express themselves: “Women are strong, courageous, caring…. Women nurture life… women can go through a lot of challenges and tough time, yet they will always put on smile on their faces.” The girls feel that women are worthy to be celebrated for who they are.
During the month of August three young ladies were admitted and welcomed by everybody at Fatima House. They have adjusted very well and are enjoying our programmes. The house is almost full. We are back to our normal programmes.


Computer lessons


Preparing for group discussion


Once again we were privileged to be visited by two ladies from Good Shepherd Catholic Church Hartbeesport. They brought us some woollen items and toys. We are very grateful for their support and kindness. “Be kind and merciful. Let no one ever come to you without coming away better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness.” Mother Teresa. We are being challenged to be merciful to one another as to contribute to the just world.

We would like to extend our gratitude to all who support us or contribute in any way to the wellbeing of our home. We are ever grateful and appreciate all that you do to extend this ministry to cater for others. “Our hearts overflow with joy and thankfulness….” St Mary Euphrasia – Foundress of the Good Shepherd Sisters.
On tracing, we continue to experience a high volume of interested parties and your stories are kept safe so that you could still have your privacy to the idea of adoption. Please feel free to send us emails and calls as we also want to treat you with care and protection.
As we say goodbye to the month of women, here are some few words full of wisdom from some courageous and caring women.
“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire”- St Catherine of Siena (Foundress of the Dominican Sisters)
“We do not need guns and bombs to bring peace, we need love and compassion.” - Mother Teresa (Foundress of the Missionaries of Charity)
“How happy we are, who are co-workers with Christ in his mission of love and friendship for each person” – St. Mary Euphrasia (Foundress of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd Sisters)

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

 
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