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July 2016 Newsletter PDF Print E-mail

July NEWSLETTER 2016

In spite of the cold winter, life goes on! The girls who went home for holidays, were welcomed. They came back refreshed and ready to study harder. They are fully aware that the year is coming to an end. Those who have been with us from the beginning of the year, have come to the realization that, the challenges they have experienced during their pregnancy shouldn’t disturb their studies. So they have learned to be patient with themselves and those around them. This involves readiness to accept one’s mistakes and being ready to start anew. June and July our home experienced the ‘goodbyes and welcome to new faces’. Most of our girls left after they gave birth and new girls were welcomed.
“Mandela’s Month!!!” In our country, we have the new practice of honouring the late President Nelson Mandela during the month of July. So, we were among those who were remembered and blessed by receiving beautiful gifts during the month of July. “You have a heart created to love and to be grateful.”(St Mary Euphrasia) We were privileged to be visited by the Youth group from MPC Pretoria. They brought us a variety of toiletries, jerseys and clothes. We are indeed grateful for the gifts. Mandela has always made our residents know that people do care. On this very legacy of Mandela some even wished that their babies could be born in remembrance of this beautiful occasion.

MPC Youth Donations on Mandela Day!
During the course of the month, two beautiful babies were born. What a joy to the mothers who can now carry them in their arms and look at them. Their families were grateful for the support and care received by their daughters during their stay at Fatima House. They were thankful that young mothers and their babies were healthy and did not experience any complications during and after labour. Finally the baby girl came! All the babies so far have been baby-boys!

“We are not afraid of winter!” Said, the July babies!
We also had a joy of being visited by one of the old girls. It shows how much they are connected to this “new family” (Fatima House). They feel they can come and share their experience of life, and expressed their gratitude once more, for the time they stayed at Fatima House.
The emails of the past girls were received whereby the ‘mothers’ (past girls) are trying to trace their babies who were adopted. We managed to assist some as this is a long process. We appeal to those trying to trace to know that it takes both parties to agree and finally be able to meet as to overcome what has happened in the past. We do have the records and we try to keep both parties informed where possible.
Once again, a sincere thank you to our girls who choose life for the unborn babies, our benefactors, board members and all those people of good will who contributed something during the course of the month. We are grateful to you our reader! “Our hearts overflow with joy and thankfulness…” St M Euphrasia (Foundress of the Good Shepherd Sisters)

Compiled by: Sr Juliet
Edited by: Sr Lydicia

 
June 2016 Newsletter PDF Print E-mail

June NEWSLETTER 2016

 

Examination period is always hectic and full of anxieties. Yet it is a precious time whereby a learner becomes aware of her capacity of understanding whatever she has been studying. So, June has been a busy time at Fatima House due to second term examinations. One of our priorities is education. Therefore, everybody at our Home supported our girls by creating an atmosphere suitable for Examinations such as prayers, availability of transport when exams were late, extra time for study and many other possibilities!
However, there were moments of break from study. The girls continued with those wonderful relaxing programmes like cooking lessons, exercises, making cards, playing games(as a group) watching both educational programs and anything helping them to relax on DSTV.

Our girls in actions, in the kitchen cooking and tasting!
Once a heavy and tough mission is accomplished, then comes holiday time. At the end of June, after examinations is always a time which is loved by all learners, ‘school holiday!’ Some of the girls take this opportunity to be with their families, while other girls spend their holidays at Fatima House. Few relaxing trips were taken. Among them all, the most enjoyed ones was a trip to the zoo. Spending some time with different animals.

Holiday time on a pony and horse ride!
Another trip which was absolutely full of fun was a fundraising function organized by the Knights of Da Gama group. It was time of ‘come together’, having chicken braai, experiencing all different kinds of entertainments such as music, helicopter, dance and meeting friends. This was one of those days full of good and enjoyable memories. Holiday time is assumed to be a time of entertainment, eating out, sleeping, going for sight scene and exploring with life challenges especially going around with big tummies. The girls feel so ashamed especially if the out lookers keep on saying “How come it is a group of pregnant girls?” Somehow they get used to it and life goes on.
It was during the month of June that our board members had their meeting at Fatima House. They were welcomed by everybody. This was a good opportunity that our board members met our girls. We appreciate all their time, donations, work experience which they offer. There were lots of surprises that almost every board member brought the house lots of goodies. We are ever grateful for your continuous support especially now that the Social Development is not helping us with anything. We still continue to experience the generosity of our fellow Catholic members by dropping something, non-perishable food and the clothes.
During the month of June two babies were born. What’s a joy and relief to the young mothers! They were both welcomed by their respective families. So far all these babies are boys only and we start to wonder and there was only one successful adoption. The girls have got options to choose either keeping the baby, baby up for adoption or the foster care. We are very happy to see lots of hair on the babies as a guarantee that our girls were eating their vegetables very well.

Sleeping peacefully!
We wish to thank all the people who are so generous with this special ministry. Sometimes one wonders how many babies would not have survived if Fatima House wasn’t there. This is a mystery on its own for we experience God’s love through your sharing with us. We feel so blest and in return we hope you feel the same. There are certain people who play a major role at Fatima House with their time and talents. These are our board members, benefactors, volunteers, staff members, family members of our girls and all people who have interest in our mission. A big thank you to your continuous support. “Gratitude is the memory of the heart”. (St M Euphrasia – the Foundress of the Good Shepherd Sisters)

Compiled by Sr. Juliet and edited by Sr. Lydicia (missing Andile, our social worker)

 
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