Elim Home established in 1963 has been catering for the the needs of the most severely intellectually and physically disabled children and young adults from disadvantaged communities for 51 years and is still going strong.
Situated in the historical town of Elim some 200km’s from the
city of Cape Town, children from as far as Upington, Pofadder, Port Elizabeth and George are residents of the home.
The Home is one of only very few full-time residential facilities for disabled children in the Western Cape and was, in fact, the first and only home to accommodate black and coloured children at the time it
The residents are provided with 24 hour supervision by qualified nursing staff from the community of Elim and surrounding areas, because of the special needs of these children there are also physiotherapist and occupational therapists to help them stimulate and maximise
developmental potential that may exist so that the individual child’s opportunities for rehabilitation and their quality of life are increased.
The fact that the Elim Home is situated far from the general public there are many obstacles that they are faced with and requirements that are needed in order to continually provide the best service that they can for the children, they have a wishlist:
Other needs are for equipment that will enable the children at Elim to be more mobile (i.e. wheelchairs & walkers); household requirements (i.e. clothing, bedding, towels,
blankets); staff development &
administration; and the agricultural project (which will help us to both reduce overheads and hopefully also
generate a small income).
The above list is just a guideline, I think the most important thing that we can offer these children are love and support some of them only seeing their parents once or twice a year.
For more information on the Elim Home you can visit their website, any little help is welcome and will be put to good use.
‘Every life has a meaning’- Elim Home