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January 2011 Newsletter PDF Print E-mail

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

ADMISSIONS:

4 new girls were admitted during the month of January. They all came from within and around Pretoria. Their age range was from 14 to 17.

BACK TO SCHOOL:

All of the new girls are school going and they managed to register with Hospital School (for pregnant girls), in order to continue with their respective grades.  A total of 5 girls are in school, two in grade 11, and one in grade 10, 9 and 7 respectively.

BIRTHS AND FAREWELLS:

We bid farewell to most of the 2010 girls. All of our 2010 girls wrote their end of year exams including the one who wrote her matric did well in the exams. They went home immediately after their exams. They are doing well as they now and then send us “sms” or a phone call to share about their lives. 5 girls stayed at Fatima house during the December holidays and only one birth was recorded in December, while in January a total of 2 births were recorded. There were all normal births and all baby boys. Having a supportive family, one girl went  back to her parents soon after giving birth, while the other one had to go to her boyfriend’s family because the mother has no place of fixed abode and is no way able to look after her and the baby.

The third girl went back home to her mother’s house. She was so determined to keep her baby believing that all will be fine with her after all the necessary skills she learned to look after her baby. She is doing very well with the help of her neighbour. Over Christmas we had four girls who had no where to go.

Through the generosity of Fatima house friends, girls had a gorgeous Christmas, taken from one place to another with lots of gifts.

ACTIVITIES:

Our daily activities centre 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 and basic computer training skills, with the 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). Cooking is one of the skills that our girls do learn when they are with us. They only get a chance on Saturdays to implement it.



THANKS: 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…

Karen

 
October 2001 Newsletter PDF Print E-mail

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

 

Admission:

We welcomed Zameka, two sisters Ntswaki and Dibuseng from Lesotho and Polokwane respectively. The two sisters came to South Africa in 2004 with their mother and had been staying in Dennilton, until the passing on of the mother in May this year. They were to be placed in a place of safety and this is when it was discovered that they were both pregnant.

We also welcomed Roelanda from around Pretoria and she has been an inspiration to the young pregnant teenagers through sharing with them, her life story experiences. Roelanda came to us after being kicked out by the boyfriend once he discovered that she was pregnant. She has had terrible miscarriages due to her living conditions. She has been to the hospital for thorough check up and now she is happy that her baby is fine and ok! She is a woman in need and this is how she is being empowered.
Births and Farewells

We bid farewell to Nthabiseng who gave birth to a baby girl on the third of October through a cesarean. Nthabiseng joined Fatima House in May. She went to her grandmother’s place. Lucia gave a normal birth to a baby boy on the 23rd of October. “She had been looking forward to a baby boy from the start”. She went back to Polokwane and with the help of her social worker, a cousin sister of hers agreed to take care of both Lucia and her baby. Lucia had been with Fatima House since July.
Proud of our girls!

Our girls are doing very well at school. Tshepiso a grade 10 student got an award for the best student in Maths and Geography while Shanice, in grade 11(although not with Fatima House any more as she is back with her family now), is still continuing with the school, also got an award for the best student in Business Management. The others did very well except one who understandably had been out of school for years and only got back to school, when we registered her this year. Lerato the grade 12 learner participated in the matric dance on the 08th of October and was very happy. She also celebrated her Birthday with us on the 30th October with lots of blessings and love.

 

Exam Time:

The girls have started well with their end of year exams and final Matric exams. Only one is in grade 12, while the rest are in grade 10 and 9 respectively. The three new admits could not be admitted to the Hospital school because they had already started with their end of year exams.

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Activities:

Activities on a daily basis still include card making, knitting, cross stitching and computer studies especially for the non scholars.

 

Thanks:

Our special thanks go to our donors and friends of Fatima House who are always assisting the girls in one way or the other. Fatima House is in dire need of funds to assist and maintain this work of the Good Shepherd Sisters. Most girls are from poor backgrounds and do not have any support system base moreover claiming for the place of safety previously done via the Department of Justice has always been a struggle.

Donors to assist in any way are always welcome.

 

Our Banking Details:

Account Name : Good Shepherd Fatima House
Bank : Standard Bank
Account Number : 011322128
Branch : Pretoria North
Branch Code : 010445

Compiled by the Social Worker.


 
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