Two of our staff members, our Occupational Therapist and Therapeutic Manager, had a radio interview recently on The Voice of the Cape :
An official sod-turning ceremony on September 3rd marked the start of a three year multi-million rand building and renovations project at St Joseph’s Home (SJH) for Chronically Ill Children in Montana, Cape Town.
Described as a dream come true, Director Ms Thea Patterson said that the renovation of the Home took two years of intense planning, working with a wide range of experts defining the scope of the project, refining the design of the upgrade and still keeping within budget. Continue reading
Please support our 2014 High Tea sponsors – we are very grateful for their wonderful support for St Joseph’s Home!
Revaldo was admitted to St. Joseph’s Home at five months. He suffered from dangerous malnutrition partly caused by acute Gastroenteritis, an infectious stomach virus.
As a result, Revaldo was afflicted by severe failure to thrive. When he was admitted to St. Joseph’s Home in April 2013, he merely weighed 3.1 kg at a length of 58 cm. In comparison, children of that age usually weigh about twice as much in average.
Due to his illness, Revaldo was not able to develop motor skills appropriate for his age.
Ever since he was referred to our home, Revaldo recovered from his initial poor sucking reflex and went on a strict soy milk diet. He was constantly under medical observation and was weighed daily.
Today, at 17 months, we are proud to say that Revaldo is no longer malnourished. Surprisingly, he is now known for his good appetite!
Shortly after his first birthday, Revaldo was able to stand on his own without any support. And two months afterwards, he even started walking.
Looking at Revaldo today, it is unbelievable that he was admitted because of malnutrition.
Please join us for our annual High Tea which will be held at Kelvin Grove this year. Funds raised will be used to purchase medicines for our children.
To book please contact us.
The children and staff at St.Joseph’s Home for Chronically ill children are so grateful for the support that the community have shown over the Christmas period.
Our children are treated to heaps of presents and special parties which put big smiles on their faces. In fact it would be wonderful if we were able to bring this level of joy to our child patients throughout the year! Continue reading
Touviqlin was a very healthy and lively girl until she got TB in January 2013. She became very ill and the doctors didn’t know the diagnosis. She developed high fevers and suffered from a stroke twice and fell into a coma for 3 weeks! Continue reading
Do you enjoy the delights a High Tea has to offer? How about enjoying one and supporting a good cause at the same time?
Join us for a fabulous High Tea at Kelvin Grove on the 25th of April, all in aid of St Joseph’s Home for Chronically Ill Children. Please contact us to book your place!
Tadiwanashe is 5 years. She was admitted to SJH in 2008 when she was 10 months old. Tadi was born with respiratory problems but the problems were exacerbated by exposure to her environment. Her family was forced to flee their home in Khayelitsha to the city hall in Macassar as a result of the xenophobic attacks in 2008.
She developed a rare and life threatening form of lung disease in which small airways are compressed and narrowed by scar tissue or inflammation. As a baby, Tadi depended on oxygen to manage her condition and help her to breathe. Continue reading