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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.

ADMISSIONS:

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.

BIRTHS AND FAREWELLS:

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.

FEBRUARY A MONTH OF VISITS!

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.

ACTIVITIES:

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).

MOTIVATION

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..

 

 

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…

 

 
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

 
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