New Jerusalem | Sir Lowrys Village
Building relationship with Jerusalem Children's Home
'If I can stop one heart from breaking, If I can ease one life from aching, cool one pain, or help one fainting robin unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain " (Emily Dickinson)
Fearless compassion, love, service, sacrifice, selflessness, surrender are some keywords connected with the initiators of 'The New Jerusalem Children's Home', a haven for traumatised, abused, abandoned, orphaned, HIV positive and vulnerable children (age 0 - 14 years). The Home was founded by Anna and Phina Mojapelo. The two sisters are qualified professionals and share the same passion of serving and helping children in need. Anna is a qualified advocate, business woman, manager, spiritual counselor and experienced community worker. She left her job as an advocate to help and support children in need and surrendered her comfortable life. The challenges she faces now are enormous, but she prefers to follow her heart and is determined to make a vast difference for those ones in need. She worked in Midrand for more than 10 years in uplifting the community,in poverty alleviation and in economic empowerment programs. She has been taking care of abandoned babies and teenagers in distress since 1998 and her motto has been all the time:
'I live to serve, I love to serve, I serve to set life free'.
When the project became too much to handle she invited her sister Phina to work with her. Phina is a qualified social worker with 17 years experience in working with elders, youth, children, project management for the upliftment of communities, marital problems and HIV/AIDS related problems. In the year 2000 'The New Jerusalem Children's Home' was born out of the union of Anna and Phina.
Since its establishment the Home has served and supported more than a thousand children, youth and mothers in distress. Most of the children have been ultimately reunited with their parents or guardians and some were adopted or fostered. The Home gives shelter to an average of 50 children between age 0 and 14 years and in the beginning of the year 2006 a Montessori Preschool has been established which is also open to the public of the neighbouring communities.
New projects to come are renovation, the building of units for a family like environment and the building of a school. The Home is officially acknowledged and the vision is to grow, to give housing and 24 hour-care to 120 children. Your love and support are most welcome and appreciated.
Please visit the Jerusalem Children's Home website at newjerusalemchildrenshome.org