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

miracle child

In June 2010 Albridge Swarts (4½ years) was admitted to St. Joseph's Home with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL). On his initial admission, doctors advised that he would have to stay for an extended period and that he had already faced many health challenges.

He had already battled pulmonary TB and ALL symptoms like progressive pallor at various hospitals prior to being diagnosed with ALL at Red Cross Hospital. He has also been away for most of the time from his brothers, sisters and grandmother who live in Middleburg, Eastern Cape. Added to that, he had to battle a number of relapses after treatment sessions.

From being a normally quiet, shy boy, he has now turned the corner. Albridge has learned to speak isiXhosa fluently and is no longer afraid to articulate his opinion. At present he is also able to visit his mother in Welgemoed during the weekends. She also attended his school concert and saw her son perform on stage!

This little STAR has had a rough time and truly can be called a miracle child.

sod-turning ceremony

We celebrated the arrival of spring with our sod-turning ceremony marking the official start to our long awaited multimillion rand building and renovations project at the Home.

Thanks to a generous overseas donation, the R36 million project will be completed in 2016. The renovations include the modernization of the existing five wards; the establishment of a therapeutic hub and a family/ visitors' area; the upgrade of the nurses' home and the reception/admin area.

Provision is also made for the landscaping of the ward gardens and certain outside areas.

"We are confident that this will contribute considerably to the improvement of our current facilities which are nearly fifty years old!" Director Thea Patterson said.

sod-turning ceremony

 

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Lily Ward
The building alterations are well under way and the first changes have been made to our home. We have opened an interim medical ward in our Main Hall. Our Maintenance Team has done great work. Lily Ward is now a cosy, bright and safe home and has a 30 bed capacity. In fact, the newly established ward has even become a real hotspot for afternoon activities!

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A huge thanks goes out to all of the organizations and companies that chose St Joseph's Home as the charity for their 67 Minutes of Service on Mandela Day. The kids had a wonderful time!
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