St. Joseph Child & Youth Care Center Mbongolwane was founded by our congregation in 1988. Three of our sisters decided to build a home for abused, neglected and orphaned children from the area. It provides a safe environment for up to 30 children between the age of 0 and 12 years. It is located next to our convent in Mbongolwane, a rural town in the South African bush.
In more than 25 years of work, hundreds of disadvantaged girls and boys – often HIV positive – have found a substitute family with sisters and careworkers, who look after “their” children 24 hours a day. Project founders were Holy Childhood Sisters Reginarda, Lucella, Gottlinde and Elkana. The latter, now 89 years of age, is still working in the children’s home.
In 2014, St. Joseph Children’s Home was newly renovated and officially recognized as a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO Number: 028-791-NPO). Since then, it operates under its new name St. Joseph Child and Youth Care Center.
For more information or donations, visit St. Joseph’s homepage or contact us.