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The Nazareth Story Registration No: 038-257-NPO EDITION SEVENTEEN: SEPTEMBER 2019 The official newsletter of the Sisters of Nazareth African Region since 1882 Dear Sisters, Staff, Board Members, Donors, Colleagues and Friends of Nazareth As we approach the end of the winter season and move into spring, we are thrilled to get some warm weather and enjoy the change in landscape and surrounding gardens. The blossoming of the flowers and rejuvenation of plants around us, always puts a smile on our residents faces and the joy therein for each person is ever present. In the Cape, we are further excited to enjoy the transformation of the Namaqualand which stretches across the Richtersveld National Park, Goegap Nature Reserve, and Skilpad Wild Flower Reserve. Al- most 4,000 different species of plant seeds lie awaiting germination that depends entirely on what the weather is doing. Thus, every year between July and October brings a different formula, and a different selection of flowers. The spring wild flowers are a phenomenon that never ceases to amaze and delight, even for those who live in what is considered South Africa's "outback" – Namaqualand. As an organisation, we are excited to be moving into the new season including preparing for the An- nual General Meeting of Nazareth House African Region, to take place at Nazareth House Cape Town on the 17 September 2019. These meetings are always a great opportunity to give feedback to all our donors, benefactors and friends of Nazareth, on the progress and challenges overcome during the previous year, and most importantly provide some foresight and planning for the upcoming year. Much is still to be done and we embrace the ever-changing world around us. The care and services we provide to our houses, outreach programmes and ministries are the very reason we continue to grind forward with passion and determination. “Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.” – Luther Burbank Best wishes Wayne Devy & Sister Margaret
CAPE TOWN HOUSE Established 1882 DID YOU KNOW? Cape Town House was the very first Nazareth House to be established outside of the United Kingdom. You may have noticed a number of changes in the newsletter lately. In this edition we are excited to introduce a new section which will feature one of the Nazareth Care African Region houses each month. Cape Town House was the first Nazareth House established in Africa—and the first Nazareth House established outside of the United Kingdom! In 1882, five Sisters of Nazareth travelled to South Africa and arrived amidst a smallpox outbreak. Initially a Children’s Home, Cape Town House now has both children and elderly in their care. In the last year twelve new children were admitted. Two children were discharged— one was adopted and the other reunified with their family. Sadly, three deaths occurred due to progression of the chil- dren’s respective conditions. Cape Town house can accommodate 40 elderly residents, offering Independent Living, Assisted Living, Frail Care and Palliative Care, as well as 24 residents in our specialised private Dementia Care facility, The Villa. Our social workers and occupational therapists have begun introducing group activities that bring our children and elderly residents together which have resulted in many beautiful moments.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH YEOVILLE, JOHANNESBURG Sister Bridget Mary Ambrose has shared her testimony with us and we, in turn, would like to share her journey with the Sisters of Nazareth with the rest of the Nazareth family. Sister Bridget arrived in South Africa in 1965 to care for the elderly at Nazareth Care Johannes- burg House. After 13 years she trained for her State Register Nursing whereafter she was sta- tioned at our 14 Streams Outreach near Warren- ton in the Northern Cape. She continued her vocation to care for the elderly, serving at various houses in Southern Africa, until she became ill and was no longer able to continue nursing. In 2000 Sister Bridget was given the ministry of Nazareth Care Johannesburg House’s Community Outreach in 2000. She visits Yeoville daily, bringing food, clothing and blankets to the poor and indigent living in shacks and derelict flats. Sister Bridget Mary Ambrose “In this ministry I feel fulfilled and need- • 83 years of age ed, especially useful in my latter years • Born in County Limerick, Ireland where I can encourage and lift the • Eldest of 12 children. downhearted.” • First Profession in 1952 at the Mother House in Hammersmith, England. Working with the poor can be challenging. “As a Sister of Nazareth, it is a challenge be able to bring • Trained as a nurse at the Southhamp- some relief and comfort to the suffering… to be tion Nursing College in 1963 and as a friendly and happy and give them something to State Registered Nurse in SA in 1978. smile about, to show that somebody does care.” Sr Bridget collecting patients for transport to the clinic.
NEWS FROM OUR HOUSES JOHANNESBURG HOUSE SENIOR RESIDENTS DAY The warming weather in Johannesburg meant the Senior Resident’s Day was a wonderful event enjoyed by staff and residents alike. DURBAN HOUSE SPA PAMPER DAY The Activity Room and TV lounge was transformed into our very own Naz Spa complete with soft instrumental music, vanilla scented candles and individual manicure stations were set up. Each resident was given the choice of Mani, Pedi or Shoul- der Massage from our carers. PRETORIA HOUSE WOMEN’S DAY PSG Financial Services Group collected scarves, socks, slippers, gloves and beanies as part of their Women's Day Event. Pictures left are residents Mrs Gildenhuys and Mrs Stoffberg with PSG’s generous donation. DURBAN HOUSE WOMEN’S DAY We celebrated the women in resi- dence at Durban House with a spe- cial lunch includ- ing delicious choc- olate and vanilla
EMPLOYEES OF THE MONTH Thank you to our dedicated staff in all departments who continue to go above and beyond to care for the children and elderly residents in our care and exemplify the core values of the Sister of Nazareth. CONGRATULATIONS!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT CAPE TOWN Pump Events hosted a Toy Drive in benefit of Nazareth Care. Tonia and Sr Virginia accepted the awesome toys and a cash donation on behalf of Nazareth Care with much gratitude. Thank you Jeremy and Gino of Pump Events. Thank you Teleperformance SA for enabling our children to have awesome backpacks and full stationery kits. Nazareth Care Cape Town was the beneficiary of Cadbury's Little Generosity Shop initiative. We took delivery of boxes filled with various toys for our children's home. ELSIESRIVIER Minus 40 continued to show their generous support by donating a much needed double door fridge. Thank you! JOHANNESBURG Thank you to Henley Business School for visiting our residents and bringing toiletries for our elderly. DURBAN The amazing caterers at Nazareth Care Durban House sponsored a wonderful herb garden so our residents can enjoy delicious meals made with fresh ingredients. Thank you Ethekweni Caterers for always going the extra mile. PORT ELIZABETH The Grade 7 pupils from the Community Service Club of Collegiate Junior treated our residents to an afternoon’s pampering and socialising session. Thank you for taking an interest in the elderly in our care and for making them feel special. A huge thank you to Umicore Catalyst for covering the cost of the major repairs to Port Elizabeth House’s Heat Pump. Thank you to Andrew Quenstedt of E Q Agencies for repair- ing PE Houses’s Wheelie-bins at no cost. PRETORIA HOUSE The choirs from Tukkies visited our Pretoria House. Thank you for your amazing performance!
Current Fundraising Campaign We have essential supplies that need to be transported from our Cape Town House to our Outreach in 14 Streams near Warrenton in the Northern Cape. These include supplies such as: - Hospital beds - Wheelchairs - Walking aids - School stationery - Books - Educational tools - Tables and chairs At 14 Streams, the Sisters of Nazareth work to alleviate poverty and uplift the community by offering home-based care for those suffering from chronic and life-limiting illnesses as well as the elderly; operating a soup kitchen through the Winter months and providing Skills Development. 14 Streams also provides care, food and learning to over 50 children between the ages of 2 and 7 years at the Morning Star Creche and pre-school. These children live at Nazareth Village, Ikhutseng Township and local farms. Transport is provided to children from more distant areas at a monthly cost to Nazareth Care of R8000. Can you help us get these supplies where they need to be or assist in transporting our chil- dren each school day? Contact us on email@example.com or +27 21 461 1635. You can also support our 14 Streams outreach through our crowdfunding initiative on GivenGain: https://www.givengain.com/cc/14streams-outreach-transport/
We endeavor to live out the Gospel and our Core Values in everything we do. These values give the Nazareth Care houses and all our ministries their special spirit. CORE VALUE FOR SEPTEMBER - HOSPITALITY “I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” - Matthew 25:37 Victoire Larmenier welcomed everyone in a spirit of friendship and acceptance. At Nazareth Care, we welcome and receive all into a warm, friendly and open atmosphere. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER We will never share your email address with anyone else Feast Days of the Sisters September 2019 Visit www.nazarethcare.co.za to SIGN UP 4th Sister Mary Rosalia Burke 15th Sister Millicent M Nyakairungi FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA 18th Sister Priviledge Sibanda For the latest news and updates BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD Make a sponsorship today of: Fill out the form below … R100 R250 R500 Credit Card Payments: Please debit the amount of from my credit card. R per month for a months Master Card Visa Diners Card American Express Expiry Date: towards Card No: CCN NO: last 3 digits on back please sign below R General donation of any amount Debit Order: My method of payment is: I wish to sponsor by debit order R to Nazareth House Cheque Cash EFT Credit Card on the of (month) 20 ___ and each month thereafter. Account No Every Month Once only Account Type Savings Current Transmission A donation by debit order will help us to regularily provide these critical services. What a difference this will make for someone in need! Bank: Branch: NPO NO. 038-257 Registered Section 18A Company with SARS Date: Signature:
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