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Meet little baby Patricia.
Although Patricia is technically just over 2 months old, she should have only been out of her mommy’s tummy 3 weeks ago!
Patricia was born 7 weeks too early and sadly this is because her mommy is addicted to drugs. As a result, tiny Patricia has a very low birth weight, which means that she needs Kangaroo Care.
Our carers keep Patricia tucked away under their clothes, close to their hearts so that she can experience skin-to-skin contact. This makes a huge difference in helping her to gain weight. Our Occupational Therapist has done some special training with the carers so that they know how to handle her tiny body and keep her safe.
Sadly we see a huge increase in babies like Patricia due to serious substance abuse which leaves the little one alone and vulnerable. We are committed to care and nurture her with food, clothing, shelter, medical care, and most of all, love.
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How Nazareth House Cape Town restored a little boy to his family
Daniel was placed with us more than 2 years ago after him and his mother were found destitute with nowhere to stay.As with many of our children, after they stay with us, we find out that their troubles are much more complex than they seem on the surface.This little (then) 2 year old boy was originally from overseas and his mother brought him to South Africa. His other family including his sister, and father remained overseas while the mother brought this little boy into our country.
When Daniel was first placed with us, we found that he would take extra food and hide it under his bed…later at night, we often found him eating the food. Daniel explained that he needed to keep the food in case there was none for him the next day. This broke our hearts and shed some light on the type of difficult living situation he had been exposed to.While the mother did visit Daniel sometimes, we found that they had a strained relationship. The doctors explained that because Daniel had experienced so many disrupted attachments in the care of his mother (as she often left him for long periods due to drug abuse), that he was now struggling with forming relationships with anyone, and building trust was especially difficult for him. This meant that Daniel struggled emotionally, and was desperate for attention from anyone who would look in his direction.
We worked closely with the external social workers, the children’s court, as well as the embassy’s and International Social Services to repatriate this young boy back to his country of origin where his family lived.Repatriation is a very lengthy process and with different laws in different countries, it makes the process even more complicated and delayed. We also had challenges in terms of travelling with Daniel due to new laws in Home Affairs regarding children travelling across borders.After just more than 2 years, in collaboration with multiple agencies and governments, we obtained the necessary documentation for Daniel to be repatriated to his home country. Daniel would be placed at a children’s home in the country while he built a relationship with his father and sister again (whom he had not seen in over 2 years), before he would be placed back into their care.
While we were not given much time to prepare (exactly 2 days!) before we knew when we would be travelling, arrangements were made for our social worker to accompany Daniel to his home country and back to his family. Daniel was particularly excited about flying on a plane. Now a busy 5 year old boy, he could not contain his excitement at the airport and seeing the planes and how large they were! The flight was a long 12 hours, but Daniel loved watching the cartoons on the little screen on the seat in front of him. He was particularly impressed that he could eat “on his lap” and watch TV at the same time (not something we would usually do at Nazareth House!).
When we arrived at the new home, it was wonderful for Daniel. He was blown away by all the toys – a lot of wooden, educational toys; and he was especially fond of the train track. While playing with the trains, Daniel looked at our social worker and said
“I am so glad that you brought me here,I am going to be happy here”.
Our social worker also had the opportunity to stay a few days to help Daniel settle into the new home, and be with Daniel when he saw his father and sister. The reunification was emotional as Daniel last saw his family when he was very young. But after spending some time with his sister, Daniel said to our social worker
“I love my sister. I think she is my best friend”.
While it’s taken us two years to help this little boy get back home and to his family, it has all been worth it. We have enjoyed every moment of caring for Daniel and being a part of his childhood. We are so happy that he gets to be with his family now and pray that he will continue to grow from strength to strength.