The new wing of Blessed Gérard's Care Centre and Hospice
The ever rising number of patients who seek care at Blessed Gérard's Care Centre and Hospice has made it necessary to extend the building by adding a High-Care-Ward, a change room for the care givers, another store room, a refuse room and a gardener's store room and extending the scullery, pantry, sluice room, laundry and mortuary. The first floor of the new wing houses Blessed Gérard's Community Development Centre, i.e. the Sewing School, which was transferred from St. Anthony's Parish Hall next door.
It was a great honour that Bishop Dr. Mansuet Dela Biyase came to Mandeni together with the two bishops of Botswana, Bishop Franklyn Nubuasah SVD of Francistown and Bishop Boniface Tshosa Setlalekgosi of Gaborone on the day after celebrating his 25th Jubilee as the Bishop of Eshowe and his 40th Jubilee as a priest to bless the new building.
The new High-Care-Ward in Blessed Gerard's Hospice
Blessed Gérard's Hospice has been the one and only hospice on the entire KwaZulu/Natal North coast with an inpatient unit and cared for patients from as far as Matubatuba, Ladysmith, Melmoth or Ballito. It works closely together with the local clinics and doctors, the hospices in Empangeni and Durban and the Cancer Association.
The old slogan "give a fish to a poor man, then he has enough for a day - teach him fishing, then he will always have enough" is still true and expresses best what Blessed Gérard's Community Development Centre achieves. It gives skills to the needy to encourage self-employment and thus to make them independent of charity. The first step towards this is a sewing school. Mrs. Mdletshe, a qualified sewing teacher gives dressmaking courses.
Starting as inexperienced beginners the participants after a while are able to sew beautiful garments of high quality. Many of them are now self-employed or have found employment at the local textile industry.
This page is part of the Newsletter No. 20 of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard
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