Anglican Diocese of Cape Town

Zonnebloem Cottage - Foster Home

Fikelela Aids Project in partnership with Home from Home

And in May 2009 the Zonnebloem Cottage was established, It is really a pleasure to have the Zonnebloem Cottage situated on the Zonnebloem Estate.

Being on the same premises as Fikelela Aids Project we get to see more of the 6 children.

They age from 4years old to 13years old of which 4 are boys and 2 girls. They are cared for by their housemother Emmie Adams. The children attend the Zonnebloem School and are nicely settled in and Family life is as normal as it can get.                                                                                                                                                  

 Like any home there is a little wish list that we would like to share with our readers:

We looking for creative toys – activities during holiday seasons , example trampoline, play station, X box, bicycles, skipping ropes, volley ball net, table tennis board, tennis bats and balls, soccer balls .

 We thank you for showing an interest in the Zonnebloem Cottage


Cambridge Street, Zonnebloem, 8001

Contact Number: 021 461 4640

Contact Person: Mrs Brigette William


Leliebloem House

Leliebloem House was founded as a House of Mercy by Bishop Gray in 1868. Archdeacon Lighfoot, gave a sun of money for the purpose of establishing a refuge for fallen woman in Plein Street, Cape Town. In 1886, House of Mercy was resettled on a site on the Leliebloem Estate (where the present Holiday Inn is), made possible through the generosity of the society of St John the Evangelist.

Today, Leliebloem House is a registered, non-for-profit organization, a residential center for 84 children from troubled families, i.e. children who are in difficult circumstances and in need of special care and intervention. We endeavour to offer the least restrictive setting for these children who have been placed with us by the courts because of the inadequacy of or a complete breakdown in the primary care environment.

Leliebloem House is run under the auspices of the Anglican Church of South Africa and is located in a middle class neighborhood. The children, however, come from high-risk environments where very poor and negative socio-economic conditions prevail. The main characteristics of the children are:

  • They are mostly from single parent families where unemployment, alcohol or drug abuse is prevalent.
  • They have been neglected and abused, either sexually, physically or emotionally.
  • They are at-risk because of poor parental control as well as emotional or physical deprivation.

The biggest challenge is to establish and maintain healthy interpersonal relationship. This challenge is huge when one considers that they did not form strong attachments with primary care-givers.

The affairs of the house are governed by a management committee consisting of nominated members of the church and elected members of the Leliebloem House Association. The principal is accountable to this management committee for the efficient daily management of the house. The Activities of the staff are co-ordinated through three departments, viz, Child Care, Treatment and Auxiliary Services. Ten residential Child and Youth Care Workers, and seven Household Assistants provides for the needs and developmental opportunities of these most lovable children. We utilize the services of volunteers, and high school children are encouraged to do their community projects at Leliebloem House.

Each cottage accommodates 14 children who are enrolled at schools in the local community, and they are encouraged to participate in well-structured community projects and activities. The healthy, professional relationship that develops between agency, staff, and children, is the vehicle by which Leliebloem House’s and the children’s goals and objectives of both are met.

The house is fully committed to the concept and practice of Customised Treatment & Development Programmes. Our volunteer program has been in place for a few years and has proved to be very successful as we have had volunteers from USA, Holland, Italy, Switzerland, and England.

We have embarked on Experimental Learning Camps for educators and learners which proved to be a huge success and the Family Re-unification Programme which has shown its successes year after year. Our objectives are to bring wholeness and healing of the child and the family. The child has to be reunified with his/her family and returned to the community. The challenge is to equip the child with the necessary skills to master his or her life situation whilst offering the family new skills as part of the reconstruction and development of that family unit. The interests of the child are always pf paramount importance. What is best for the child is the norm.

We appeal to you for your support. Join us in our efforts to provide the very best second chance for our children, who are being provided with the opportunity of reworking and re-negotiating their developmental stage of their lives.

Address: Korne Close, Belgravia Road, Athlone

Contact Number: 021 697 4947, Fax 021 696 4174

Contact Person: Francisco Cornelius (Director)

Email address:



St Francis Home

PO Box 38, Crawford, Thornton Road, Athlone, 7764

Contact Number: 021 697 1344 / 5

Contact Person: Sharon van der Heyden (Director)


St Anne's Home - Shelter Programme

Shelter, care, and empowerment of destitute, abused and disadvantaged mothers and their children.

We are motivated by the principle of empowerment and do our best to enable disadvantaged and distressed women and their children to find relief, support and a chance to become independent, confident and self-sufficient.

Our Background:

St. Anne's Homes is a non-government organization under the patronage of the Archbishop of the Church of the Province of South Africa.

There are nine staff members and a Management Committee elected because of their ability, involvement and positive contribution.

We are situated in Woodstock near Cape Town. We offer our services to destitute, abused, rejected and disadvantaged women and their children from throughout South Africa.

Our History:

St. Anne’s originated in 1904, when a group of people from the Anglican Church worked together to obtain a house for any women or girl in need. The demand grew and later larger, more suitable premises were required. Thus a new home on the same site in Chapel Street, Woodstock was erected to accommodate 25 women.

This home was officially opened on 9 April 1942 by Lady Duncan and named St Anne's Home. In 1989 a comprehensive evaluation of the service was done and the recommendations were implemented. The services, staff, structure and approach were adapted accordingly. The premises were sold and a smaller, more homely house in Balfour Street was acquired. This continues to function as a short-term shelter.

In December 1993 we were able to acquire another house in Listowel Street to use as a Second Stage House. In February 1994 the first women and children moved into the house. This house is for employed women and is called Peace Haven. In November 1996, Balfour Court, a block of four flats next door to St. Anne's was acquired for a comprehensive shelter, rehab and multi-purpose centre for homeless mothers on the streets; because of this growth we changed our name to St. Anne's Homes. Balfour Court functions as a Stroller Mum's shelter, creche and offices.

Recipients are involved in decision making, problem solving, daily running and planning of the household. We try in our approach to discourage dependency and enable/empower women.

Our Vision:

To see women with children living free from abuse, poverty and discrimination by offering the world a model of care and social empowerment.

Our Mission:

As an expression of God’s love, we seek to provide shelter and support for pregnant, abused and homeless women with children; through a holistic self empowerment programme that develops social, personal, creative, vocational skills within a framework of Christian values and discipline and a culture of mutual learning, accountability and respect for the unique value of every human being.

Current Programmes offered:

  • St. Anne’s Shelter for 17 women with young children who would land up on the street if there was no place for them to go.
  • Stroller Moms Shelter for 10 mothers living on the street with their children.
  • Second Stage House for 4-6 employed women coming through the first phase these single parent families require a little extra support before complete independence.
  • Crèche/Children’s Project provides educare, counselling and therapy to the traumatized children in the shelter & from low-income families in the community.

Our Beliefs:

  • Poverty is not a good enough reason for a child to be separated from its biological parent!
  • Our women are healthy, capable human beings; only desperate for a chance to prove themselves!
  • A rehabilitated mother is the best gift you can give to a child!
  • Babies and children should not be brought up on the streets! We break the cycle of poverty, homelessness and dependency by being a strong support to the mother as she takes up her responsibility towards herself and her child!
  • Our Empowerment/Reconstruction and Development Model works and can be replicated as an effective alternative to removal of children from vulnerable single parent families affected by poverty and unemployment.

Address: 48 Balfou Street, Woodstock, 7925

Contact Number: 021 448 6792, Fax 021 448 8518

Contact Person: Joy Lange (Director)

Email address:



St George's Orphanage for Girls

St Georges Home is registered to accommodate 40 girls. The girls are divided into 4 families of ten. Each family has a qualified childcare worker (house mother). We also have one releif childcare worker. The overall care is provided for by a social worker

One of our main focuses is to re-integrate the children with their families as soon as possible. By providing specialised care and education and teaching life skills to the girls within a ecure environment, caregivers empower them with the necessary skills and knowledge to become confident individuals.

The girls are fully integrated into the local community. They attend schools in the surrounding areas, worship at a church of their choice and are actively involved in extra-mural activities.

There is great need in the Western Cape to assist the many children at risk. The St Georges Home for Girls in Wynberg, Cape Town is one such organisation that responded to this call. The Home has a rich legacy that dates back more than a hundred years to 1862 when the first child was taken in.

St Georges Home for Girls is a registered Children’s Home with the Dept: Social Development. In fact, it is currently the only residential care facility in the Wynberg District which provides for children who are abused, abandoned, neglected and orphaned. Children from failed foster placements and those with behavioural problems are also cared for.

By providing specialised care and education and teaching life skills to the girls within a secure environment, caregivers empower them with the necessary skills and knowledge to become confident individuals. Equipped with these vital tools the girls are eventually able to leave the home and make a positive contribution to society.

In order to nurture the children, the home strives to provide an environment that closely resembles a warm, loving and caring family home. The forty girls between the ages of two and eighteen are divided into four smaller families of all ages, each in the care of its own Child Care Worker. Overall care is provided by a Relief Child Care Worker and the Social Welfare Co-ordinator.

The girls are fully integrated into the local community. They attend schools in the surrounding areas, worship at a church of their choice, and are actively involved in extra-mural activities.

St Georges Home for Girls provides a safe haven for girls in need. The Home plays an invaluable role in South African society and the staff and management remain dedicated and committed to ensuring the continued wellbeing of the girls who have been placed in their care.

BACKGROUND: During 1870’s there were 200 orphans in the institution. Ms. Mary Arthur opened a mission school at which some of the girls were trained to become teachers of the younger ones. On the 19th December 1891 Ms. Mary Arthur died. Thomas Fothergill Lightfoot succeeded as the superintendent.

Plans were produced for additions to the St Georges Orphanage and a new wing was opened by Dr. William Marlborough Carter on 5th December 1917.The trustees of St Georges orphanage Cape Town sold certain pieces of land on which were situated Granite Lodge and the old St Georges Orphanage, Cape Town. Granite Lodge was later used as a
boarding house.

As the work grew, the institution moved from Granite Lodge to Scandia in Rosebank. HRH Princess Alice opened the Rosenbank Home. The Home moved later to Kincora in Claremont.

In 1970 the new home in Wynberg, St Georges House, was opened by the Archbishop of Cape Town, Most Rev. Robert Selby Taylor. We have 40 girls at the Home at present. We are still operating from 5 Bute Road Wynberg to this date.

Address: 5 Bute Road, Wynberg, 7800

Contact Number: 021 797 0262, Fax 021 762 9934

Contact Person: Graeme Cairns (Director)

Email address:



St Michael's Children Home:

Main Road, Plumstead 7800

Contact Number: 021 797 4186, Fax 021 797 4274

Contact Person: Michelle Linger (Director)

Email address: