It gives me pleasure to present a report on St. Philomena’s Childrens Home.
It has been a challenging but awesome five months for me at St Philomena’s getting to know each child with their different personalities and character has been a fulfillng experience. It is indeed a blessing to try and mould each unique individual into a wholesome being.
Currently we have 29 girls in our care, they are housed in different sections viz: Bethany, which houses 9 girls from the ages of 6 – 12; Eden, housing 13 girls from the age of 13 – 18 and Galilee which houses the after care program, girls age from 18 to 21. The aftercare programme is an initiative of St Philomena’s which runs for a two year period. The main objective if the programme is to encourage and foster independent living amongst the girls.
We have exciting programmes and outings planned for the girls in the months to come and hope to fulfill each and every item and outing listed. Our children are also allowed on their individual school excursions. We have been on a few outings to the parks, the movies and visiting other homes. A group of our girls belongs to the NACCW youth forum, where they attend sessions on a monthly basis. Two of our older girls attend the Kip McGrath Centre at westville, In a Cell C bring a girl child to work initiative. They fared very well at the centre and have been invited over again. We have also encouraged the centre to assist our girls with tuition in Mahts and English.
WE have also arranged talks and programmes with students from Unisa – Law Department; UKZN medical students; Boston Medial College to name few, creating opportunities fir the girls to be exposed to different careers.
We have a dedicated, hard working staff at the children’s home and our main aim and goal is to strive to do our best for each child placed in our care.
We face obstacles and challenges every other day, but through God’s grace, our team work and assitance and guidance from each of you, we know we can achieve greater heights of success.
Many thanks goes out to our donors and sponsors who so willingly dedicate themselves to assist us in cash or kind, we appreciate every gesture whole heartedly.
When we think of the aims of the year of the consecrated life, we can also adopt those aims in the home.
To look at the past with gratitude: Every obstacle that has hindered us, we are grateful that we have conquered and overcome.
To live the present with Passion: whatever project we undertake, we are giving it our 110% effort.
To embrace the future with hope: Let us look at our girls making a success of themselves as adults of the next generation.
In conclusion I would like to say thank you once again to each of you and may you be richly blessed for the impact you have made at St Philomena’s.