Nazareth House children’s home in Johannesburg currently has 33 babies and children in their care. The National and Provincial Social Welfare departments, the Children’s Court and the South African Police refer abandoned babies and children to Nazareth House on a regular basis.
The staff care for the children’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs – they provide 24 hour care, housing, nutritious food, clothing, education, specialised nursing and medication.
While providing the children with “as normal a life as possible”, you can imagine the laundry piling up, every day clothes and linen. The children attend the local nursery and primary schools, have fun playing in the gardens, riding bikes, going on outings, baking cakes, and reading, watching TV and listening to music.
When SACBC told Nazareth house earlier this year about the some legacy funding to supporting orphan programmes around Johannesburg, they were so happy for the opportunity to get their old and broken washing machines replaced.
Sr Anna-Mercy and children Tsepiso and Angela showed me the newly purchased industrial size, Speed Queen washer and dryer. Sister reported that on the day the machines arrived the children jumped up and down with excitement asking if they can keep them forever…