St Joseph's Home for chronically ill children, Cape Town




Changing Lives, One Small Step at a Time

What our Nurses Do

Most of our children are away from home for the first time and our nurses are not only responsible for their medical care, but also ensure they feel safe and secure.

We do this by creating an environment where the children feel loved and are able to express their feelings. Our nurses are essentially parents for our children while they are away from home.

This responsibility also involves bathing, feeding, hair care and teaching our children basic developmental responsibilities that every child learns at home.

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Our Miracle Child

Rebecca gives new meaning to the term inspiration. She comes from Lusaka, Zambia and lives with her mother and two sisters. Rebecca had severe scarring on her face as a result of her falling into a fire when she was three years old. Her sister ran to fetch help, leaving Rebecca to pull herself out of the fire. In the process she also burnt her arms and hands.

An English Vicar, Mr. Rod Corke, met Rebecca in Lusaka when she was 8 years old and returned to his church in the UK and started raising funds to help her. Jane and John Maclure joined the drive and contacted Dr. Adams, Plastic Surgeon at Red Cross Children's Hospital. Dr. Adams confirmed that his team could assist, however Rebecca would have to undergo four operations and would be required to stay in South Africa for a year.

The requirement would be that the operations be paid for as Rebecca was not a South African citizen. As Rebecca's benefactors, Jane and John firmly believed that she was part of God's Plan and Rebecca was admitted to SJH in June 2012. Her mom and her younger sister stayed in our family accommodation for the first two weeks and then returned home.

She has undergone two operations so far and is one of the bravest girls you will meet. Her inner strength and beauty has touched everybody around her. And she is undergoing the operations without her mother by her side. She is learning to speak our languages and is in Grade 4 at St Josephs Primary School.

Rebecca wants to become nurse when she grows up and has a passion for shoes and bright colours. Rebecca is surrounded by people who love her and are working hard to raise funds for her future operations.

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Individuals Changing Our World

Since 2008, SA has been celebrating the giving spirit of Mandela Day in July.

Mandela Day is a call to action for individuals everywhere - to take responsibility for changing the world into a better place, one small step at a time, just as Mandela did. We are very lucky at SJH as we are blessed by people who make a difference everyday.

Thank You.

Help Us

Visit from Bubblz the Maths Clown | Party hosted by KPMG


1st prize for most innovative product at Mzansi Magic Market Day


Make Over of Sweet Basil Ward by Ackermans Cape Town


Ways to Donate

Deposit a once-off or recurring donation
through your bank:
St Joseph's Home for Children
Standard Bank, Account Number:
271 1666 14
Branch Code: 036 309
Swift Code: SBZAZAJJ (for international donors)
Credit card donations are accepted via our website
Product donations are very welcome

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