Sunflower Ward Renovation Complete

St Joseph’s Home for Chronically Ill Children (SJH), celebrated another milestone on Friday when the modernised Sunflower ward, was officially blessed. This is the third ward that has now been re-opened since a major R40 million renovation programme started nearly two years ago.

StJosephsHome-Sunflower-Ward-3The renovated Sunflower ward has been designed to accommodate patients between 0 and 18 years who have been referred from State Hospitals to SJH for rehabilitation. Since the rehab pilot project started nearly three years ago, nearly 170 children have benefitted from its rehab services which include physio-, speech-, and occupational therapy. The 14 member staff also include social work and counselling support. Continue reading

Celebrating 80 years of health and wellness for vulnerable children

For 80 years, St Joseph’s Home (SJH) for Chronically Ill Children has cared for orphaned and vulnerable children from all races. Against a background of political turmoil and poverty, the facility has survived, defied Apartheid and touched the lives of more than 21 000 children.  

On 22 September (11:00) this landmark achievement was celebrated with a special Mass at St Joseph’s (which incidentally followed one day after International Peace Day). The Mass was conducted by Archbishop Stephen Brislin and more than 200 special candles, sponsored by SPAR Western Cape’s CSI  were lit to celebrate the healing of children. Sisters from the Pallottine Order from Rome and Germany  also attended while Mayco member, Suzette Little, conveyed good wishes from the City.

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Minister Mbombo officially opens two brand new wards at St Joseph’s Home


WesternCapeGovernmentOn Friday Dr Nomafrench Mbombo officially opened two brand new wards at St Joseph’s Home, nicknamed Sweet Basil and Daisy. The upgrade of the care centre is a flagship of the management of St Joseph’s Home. This much needed upgrade was made possible by a generous overseas donation and totals R36 million. It is a complete facelift for the home with its new innovative child- and eco-friendly designs.

This 55 bed addition to the centre includes unique features such as: Continue reading

Decision Inc.’s Andrew Espin getting ready for epic Ecuadorian race

In just a few weeks’ time, Decision Inc. manager Andrew Espin will be competing in the epic Ecuador leg which is the Roving Race of the global 4Deserts series. His preparations are nearing completion for this gruelling self-supported foot race he is using as a platform to raise awareness and much-needed funds for the St Joseph’s Home for Chronically Ill Children. Continue reading

Decision Inc’s Andrew Espin takes on 4 Deserts for Charity

Andrew Espin, general manager of Decision Inc. in Cape Town, will be competing in the epic Ecuador leg of the 4 Deserts extreme self-supported foot race. Andrew will be undertaking this gruelling race in order to raise awareness and funds for the St Joseph’s Home for Chronically Ill Children.

Andrew EspinThe Racing the Planet event takes place at the end of July and covers six stages translating to roughly 250 kilometres in 7 days. Carrying his own supplies, Andrew will run through mixed terrain, climbing to just under 4 000m. Continue reading

Events Calendar for 2015

St Joseph’s is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. Planning has already started last year and we are ready to go!

With your support, this could be a very special year for St Joseph’s, its Founders, Board, Funders, Partners, Staff and Patients. We have several events lined up for this important year, and you can download our document to keep as a reminder of these upcoming events.

Download Events Calendar 2015


Graduation Day for Auxiliary Nurse Zuzeka



Zuzeka being capped by Principal Hayley Carpenter

FOR Zuzeka Thethani International Diabetic Day was a very special day as she graduated as an auxiliary nurse from the St. Joseph’s Home Nurses Training School. Being a diabetic herself, she was admitted as a patient at St Joseph’s when she was merely six years old and remained until 13. Continue reading