St Louis Day Care Centre or ‘Thulamtwana Creche’ is a small school that services the community of Orange Farm, just outside of Johannesburg. There are between 60-70 children attending the crèche and they accept children from the age of 2 years old to 6 years old. This crèche was established as an outreach programme by two priests, Father Louis and Father Guido. They gave of their time and service to establish the crèche and help the children in this very needy community. Maria, the current principle, is faced with many challenges and is grateful for all the support she receives.
St Teresa’s Intermediate phase is also a dedicated supporter of this initiative. Every Friday of the year the Intermediate girls volunteer to bring cans of food and non-perishable goods to Mass which is then sent to the crèche. This incentive is guided by Intermediate Phase teacher, Alexis Bellingan. During the year the girls also contribute to buying tables, chairs and bedding for the crèche through the ‘lost property fund’. All this contributes to the feeding, running and maintenance of the crèche throughout the year.
In addition to this the Grade 6 girls are also given two opportunities a year to visit Orange Farm and spend time with the children in the crèche. As the Mercy Values and global vision is such an integral part of the Grade 6 outreach programme the girls are particularly excited about experiencing their kindness and being part of such a meaningful experience. Sister Mercedes, a former Principle of St Teresa’s, also supports this initiative and joins the girls on their outings. Our most recent outing was in November 2016. The Grade 6 girls filled a bus and trailer with all of their donations of clothing, toys and gifts. The girls spent a very special day playing, mothering, and sharing lunches with their little new friends.
You can watch a short video clip about our visit here.