MOTHER HOSTIA'S HAVEN CENTRE OF THE SISTER OF CHARITY OF JESUS AND MARY (SCJM)

NPO. REG.NO. 213-133NPO          *         NPC REG. NO.: 2017/662707/08

MOTHER HOSTIA'S HAVEN CENTRE OF THE SISTER OF CHARITY OF JESUS AND MARY (SCJM)

NPO. REG.NO. 213-133NPO          *         NPC REG. NO.: 2017/662707/08

Mother Hostia’s Haven, is a registered Section 21 Non Governmental Organization registered in 2017 that started work in 2018, run by the Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary (SCJM) as part of their charism; to assist the needy of all kinds from all walks of life. This project focuses mainly on the homeless elderly sick women ranging from the ages of 50years old and above, with our eldest resident being 93 , our residents who after being discharged from state hospitals have nowhere to go and some families cannot offer them proper care due to family challenges and others have absolutely no one to take care of them and end up homeless, destitute and even dying on the streets alone. These elderly ladies suffer a lot of social ills, some are raped and contract HIV, their properties which is mainly Rural Development Project (RDP) houses are illegally sold and transferred by family members who only want to benefit and not take responsibility of their needs. Some of these ladies are educated, but however through chronic illnesses they end up suffering various mental disorders are not able to make any valuable decisions regarding their well being and properties so they are easily taken advantage of by relatives and friends who purport to assist them whilst they manipulate them. The South African government gives a disability grant and pension that at times gets misused. This has seen a lot of elderly people fall ill and then abandoned in state hospitals. We work through social workers from neighboring state hospitals, they refer suitable ladies that meet our criteria and have a medical report to us for possible residency, most of these ladies are from local townships and informal settlements in the Gauteng Province. Unemployment, drug and alcohol abuse play a very important role in such circumstances.From inception of the project we have assisted 22 elderly ladies but sadly, 6 of our residents  passed away due to the severity of their illnesses. 3 were reunited with their long lost families which was a great success and jubilation to both parties. Our most sucessful re-unification to date has been a resident  was reunited with her long lost family she left when she was only 15 and got sick and abandoned by friends and her partner, she fought bravely to recuperate but  passed away at her family home, two weeks after being re-united with her family. She remains a great inspiration to us and the work that we do.