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March 2011 Newsletter PDF Print E-mail

Welcome once again, it’s a pleasure to be sharing our newsletter with you this 2011.



We welcomed one new girl from Centurion, who joined us on the 14th of March. She was transferred from another children’s home upon the discovery that she was pregnant. She is in grade 9, and was immediately registered for the second term at Hospital School.


A total of 3 births were recorded during the reporting period. All were baby girls and born at Kalafong Hospital. The first one born on the 2nd of March was born through a caesarean section. Mother and baby are doing very well, and are currently staying with a friend who is willing to take of them till the mother gets on her feet. The second baby girl born on the 18th of March was a normal birth. They went back home where there is a sister and her baby. The two were both admitted in Fatima House on the same day, and it was the older sister who gave birth first in January.

The initial plan for the latter was for her to be placed into a place of safety while the baby is put into foster care because she is still a child herself. The third baby girl was born on the 23rd of March just after writing her matric test as it was a daily prayer that the baby would arrive when the school closes so that she could have a quality time with her baby.

Fortunately for her, an aunt is willing to foster the baby. Those who could go home for school holidays were granted the opportunity. We had two girls during the holidays.



Holiday time is an opportunity for all of our girls to learn self help skills especially for scholars. We do card making, knitting, sewing, cross stitching, crotching, basic computer training skills and cooking only implemented on Saturdays. We engage them in all of these activities with a positive hope that when they go back home mastering any one of the skills, they can be able to make a living, become independent and most importantly take care of their babies, (most want to keep their babies).

They also get an opportunity to visit places of interest such as Hartsbeeport dam, the Union Buildings. Most girls especially those from outside Pretoria have never been to these places and it’s a life time exciting opportunity for them.



4 girls were in school in grades 7, 9 and 12 respectively. They all wrote their end of term tests before they finally closed on the 25th of March. For the grade 7 learner the baby came a little too early for she was still in the process of writing her tests, while for the grade 12 learner however it was really a blessing giving birth the following day after finishing her tests. Our girls and their families are really encouraged to visit each other. Those with a family are able, can go home for the holidays or their families can visit them at Fatima House. This will make them feel cared for and as still part of their families. In a way they would not feel isolated and or abandoned.



Our gratitude goes to all Good Shepherd people, friends, benefactors and our donors who generously make life easier as we continue the struggle with Social Development to pay for the girls placed here through the courts. The Department has not paid Fatima House for the past two years and it has been difficult to assist our girls who choose life for their babies.

Sr. Bridget Lawlor is the re elected Congregational leader of the Good Shepherd Sisters. She visited Fatima House in November 2010. The girls were eager to know how she manages around the globe. Our girls are always welcoming. They were so amazed to meet our mother general in this occasion.

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February 2011 Newsletter PDF Print E-mail

Thought of the month: Psalm 23:1  “The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want……”

Welcome once again, it’s a pleasure to be sharing our newsletter with you in this new year of 2011.


We welcomed two new girls aged, 17 and 18 respectively. One comes all the way from Durban while the other one is from North West [Rustenburg]. They were successfully registered at Hospital School for them to continue with their respective grades, grade 10 and 12 and they are adjusting well both to Fatima House and the school.


A total of 2 births, one girl and one boy were recorded during the reporting period. The girl was a normal birth, mother and child were discharged the following day back to their home. The aunt was more than willing to foster her baby and to be of help when needed. The little boy was born through a cesarean section and the two had to be in Hospital for quite some time because the boy was also born prematurely. The sister and the maternal grandfather who are the only known and close relatives to her are supportive.


We had several visits from people in and around Pretoria and other Provinces. On the 13th a group of 5 ladies from Loreto Convent School (ex-pupils) threw a party for the girls. They brought along goodies for the girls.

The following week on the 17th we had a group of 7 probation officers coming all the way from Limpopo to do an observational visit. They had placed their client with us but had never been to Fatima House, only the person who brought the girl here knew the facility, so they took it upon themselves to come and see for themselves and also get to know more about the operations of the home for pregnant teenagers. They were so impressed.

A group of twelve ladies gave our girls a surprise on the 26 February. They are mostly from the Eastern Cape working in Pretoria. Out of their own pockets they went deep and this has been done to other charity communities. They came to know us through Bulelwa, one of our new board members. They brought the girls some goodies, toiletries, and many other things for after birth. They spent their time with the girls so that they could feel with them. Their motto is to give back to the community what they have received.

One of our girls from the 2009 group also paid us a visit. She was in grade 12 the time she stayed at Fatima House. She is now in college studying journalism and her baby girl is doing well. She was full of smiles. This was followed by two more visits from group of-students from Akasia High School who also brought along goodies for the girls. Having people visit our girls makes them not to feel isolated and alone. It gives them an opportunity to socialize, to know that there are still people out there who still care unconditionally and most importantly to know that they are still part of the bigger society no matter their current situation and condition.


Our daily activities still aim on imparting self help skills to our young expecting mothers, especially those who are not in school due to a variety of reasons such as non attendance for many years such that registering her back into school becomes difficult.

We do card making, knitting, sewing, cross stitching, crotching, basic computer training skills and cooking which is only implemented on Saturdays. We engage them in all of these activities with a positive hope that when they go back home mastering any one of the skills, they can be able to make a living, become independent and most importantly take care of their babies, (as most want to keep their babies).


A worried woman went to her gynaecologist and  said:

'Doctor, I have a serious problem and desperately need your  help! My baby is not even 1 year old and I'm pregnant again. I don't want  kids so close together.  

So the doctor said: 'Ok and what do you want me to do?'

She said: 'I want you to end my pregnancy, and I'm  counting on your help with this.'

The doctor thought for a little,  and after some silence he said to the lady: 'I think I have a better  solution for your problem. It's less dangerous for you too.'

She  smiled, thinking that the doctor was going to accept her request. 

Then he continued: 'You see, in order for you not to have to take  care 2 babies at the same time, let's kill the one in your arms. This way,  you could rest some before the other one is born. If we're going to kill  one of them, it doesn't matter which one it is. There would be no risk for  your body if you chose the one in your arms.

The lady was horrified and said: 'No doctor! How  terrible! It's a crime to kill a child!
'I agree', the doctor replied.  'But you seemed to be OK with it, so I thought maybe that was the best  solution. The doctor smiled, realizing that he had made his point. 

He convinced the mom that there is no difference in killing a  child that's already been born and one that's still in the womb. The crime  is the same!

If you agree, please forward.  Together we can help save precious lives!

Learn from Yesterday,  live for Today, hope for Tomorrow..




Special thanks goes to all those who keep contributing one way or the other for this work to our young pregnant teenagers to continue. We have seen an increase of your generosity towards Fatima House for the past two years and this makes our work a little bit lighter.

St Mary Euphrasia (foundress of the Good Shepherd Sisters) in her letters states “If you would be good enough to favour us with some moments of your precious time, we would be much better able to explain our ideas more clearly”. Gratitude is the memory of the heart. With these words we, the Good Shepherd Sisters wish to thank all of you for supporting this work through the years.

Compiled by the Social Worker…


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