Jo-Anne Schermeier on December 10, 2015

2015 produced its fair share of changes and challenges, internally and  Newbies    externally, and it seems to have passed us by in the blink of an eye! We’re pleased to have achieved some of our short term goals for the year, like initiating the Granny Programme and installing appropriate toilets and basins for the toddlers.

As always, we are immensely grateful to our donors (who provide support in-cash and in-kind), volunteers, social workers and pro bono partners who make it possible for us to do what we do.

The well-being, health and happiness of our babies is always at the heart of everything that is done at PAAH. It’s them and their future lives that bring smiles to our faces and ignite new energy in us every day.

When we look back over the year, we can only smile and think of all the little ones who have joined us, those who are in our nursery now and those who are already in the arms of their forever families. We are priviledged to be able to love such little characters, each unique and special in their own ways.

While our service is about the quality of care and not the quantity, we are happy to be able to report the following numbers for the year:

Summary of Beneficiaries – 1 January to 31 December 2015

Infants/toddlers cared for

66

New babies admitted

42

Babies adopted

29

21 Local adoptions

  8 Inter-country adoptions

Babies placed in unrelated foster care

3

Babies placed in related foster care

1

Babies reunited with birth moms/biological family

4

Birth moms accommodated

8

 

Thank you for being a part of these happy stories.

Jo-Anne Schermeier on August 2, 2015

Invitation to Comedy Night with Princess Alice Adoption Home

“A day without laughter is a day wasted” — Charlie Chaplin

 

Laughter is always the best way to cope with life’s challenges and so, Princess Alice Adoption Home will be hosting a Comedy Night at Parkers Comedy Club, Monte Casino on 18 August. Join us as we laugh together to raise the funds that are needed to support the babies in our nursery.

The talented line-up is guaranteed to keep us in stitches for the whole evening – starring  Joe Parker, Kedibone Mulaudzi, Robby Collins and Dave Levinsohn.

Pre-booking of seats is essential. Drinks and meals can be ordered separately on the evening but it is advised that groups pre-order their meals to avoid delays during the show. (Menus will be provided at the time of booking.)

 

Other important information that you should know:

Bookings and Enquiriesmanager@princessalice.org.za or 011 6465641

Arrival Time:    18h30 for 19h00

Tickets:             R140 per person  OR  Group Bookings of 6 or more: R135 per person

 

See you on the 18th…

 

 

Jo-Anne Schermeier on July 23, 2015

Paint Niite Collage

Proceeds from our Paint Nite on 28 July 2015 will go towards the cost of keeping the nursery warm and lit up this wintertime.

Join us for an entertaining evening as we each paint a masterpiece – Japanese Cherry Blossom – under the guidance of Master Artist, Lorin Edgar. The only skill that is needed is an appetite for trying something new!

The event will be hosted at The Baron on Main, Bryanston. Paint Nite’s motto is #DrinkCreatively and so it is suitable for over 21′s.

Tickets cost R350 per person, which includes all the materials needed to complete your masterpiece. Food and drinks are extra and can be ordered on the night.

Enquiries can be directed to manager@princessalice.org.za.

Bookings and more info at https://www.paintnite.com/johannesburg/buytickets/902262

See you there with your creative hats on.

Jo-Anne Schermeier on June 23, 2015

 

Mandela Day 2015With less than four weeks to go – have you thought about what can be done to honour the legacy of Mandela Day by making a difference in the community?

From our side, we welcome volunteers and donations but we also understand that not everybody can be directly involved. And as much as we love hosting volunteers it isn’t always possible for us to accommodate all groups of people in the nursery on 18 July.

If you would like to make a difference during “Mandela Month”, here are some simple suggestions for ‘doing your bit’:

  • Donate 67 minutes to volunteering during the month of July.
  • Sign a debit order to donate R67 a month (yes, R67 = 6 loaves of bread, 3 boxes of tissue or 6 bottles of allergex with change!)
  • Apply for a MySchool/My Village card and nominate Princess Alice Adoption Home as your beneficiary. The easy online application can be done here https://www.myschool.co.za/supporter/apply/
  • Take one of our collection tins to your office/classroom/sports club etc and ask colleagues to fill it with their spare coins.
  • Get together with friends, colleagues or family and make a lasagne, vegetable soup or cottage pie that can feed babies or birth moms (these can also be frozen and used after 18 July).
  • Circulate our Wish List (please remember that every contribution makes a difference)
  • Donate Dis-Chem vouchers that will enable us to purchase nappies, medicines and other Wish List items.
  • Take on one of our small maintenance projects. Contact us on 011 6465641 or office@princessalice.org.za for more info.
  • Spring clean your cupboards and donate unused items to us. Anything that can’t be used will be passed on to other childcare centres or sold second hand to raise funds towards our monthly costs.
  • Clear your bookshelves and donate books to our book sales.
  • Have a cake sale at your work, book club, church or any community group that you are a part of.
  • Support one of our fundraising initiatives.

In whatever way you choose to get involved this year, we wish you a fulfilling experience and the knowledge that, in the end, it is the combination of individual contributions that make the collective difference.

 

 

Jo-Anne Schermeier on April 14, 2015

As part of Jo’burg Child Welfare (JCW), our vision is to create a caring community that protects all of the children, meeting their needs for love, safety and opportunity.

“The Granny Programme” is the brainchild of Spence-Chapin; a USA-based Non-Profit Organisation that has been offering adoption services for more than 100 years.

Spence-Chapin established the programme with an understanding of the critical impact that physical and emotional contact has during a child’s early stages of development. The programme came about based on the fact that children growing up in institutions are often deprived of basic human interactions: warm hugs and kisses, games, storytelling and laughter. Overburdened staff cannot possibly provide all the necessary and relevant interactions around individual attention and nurturing that the mentioned children so desperately need and deserve daily. Moreover, institutional care (no matter how high the quality) does not give children the opportunity to form consistent early attachments. Therefore, the Granny Programme mitigates against the mentioned challenges.

JCW initially implemented the programme at Othandweni Family Care Centre in 2012.  The programme paired children with “Grannies” who are retired local women from the community; the latter spends special one-on-one time with each child. Each Granny is assigned two (2) children and spends two (2) hours per day with each child for five (5) days a week. The objective is to provide individual stimulation and education that is important for the child’s healthy overall development. The programme introduces consistent stimulation, attention and love from a trusted primary caregiver adult, thus improving bonding and attachment skills of the child.

The programme is now being extended for the benefit of the children at Princess Alice Adoption Home.  Our children will be exposed to a situation where they can develop meaningful relationships with their“granny” so that those relationship building skills can be transferred to their future parents or carers.

We are recruiting volunteers for the Granny Programme, based in Westcliff, Johannesburg.

Remuneration: A stipend of R1 350 per month will be offered to assist towards the cost of transport.

Requirements:

  • Be between 45 to 60 years of age;
  • Have working experience;
  • Have adequate proficiency in communicating in English and other indigenous languages;
  • Ability to write Reports in English;
  • Natural flair of working with and love for children;
  • Grade 10 pass (Minimum);
  • Good communication skills; friendly with good interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to relate meaningfully to children from 0-3 years old;
  • Be available to offer the 5 days that is required for the children;
  • Be flexible.
  • Conscientious; responsible; accountable; respectful; trustworthy and reliable.

 If you are interested in applying, please send your CV and a letter of motivation to manager@princessalice.org.za .

Jo-Anne Schermeier on April 14, 2015
Join us on 9 May 2015

Join us on 9 May 2015

We all deserve a little pampering, just because we’re worth it. Join us for an early Mother’s Day treat – come along with your mom, sister, friends or just yourself for some down time.

100% of the proceeds will go directly to Princess Alice Adoption Home.

Hosted at Camelot International in Houghton, with refreshments catered for by La Vie and Rose restaurant, each Pamper Package includes a 30 minute Back Massage + an Express Mani and Express pedi + a Gift and light refreshments.

Pre-bookings are essential for the 4 available time slots – 09h00, 10h30, 12h00 and 13h30.

Pamper Packages cost R350 each + a packet of nappies

For EFT payments, banking details are:

Princess Alice Adoption Home

Standard Bank

Branch: Library Gardens, 001005

Account: 000788910

Reference: Your name

Proof of payment: manager@princessalice.org.za

Enquiries and bookings – Jo-Anne at manager@princessalice.org.za.

See you there!

 

 

 

Jo-Anne Schermeier on March 26, 2015
Quizmaster keeping everyone on their toes

Quizmaster keeping everyone on their toes

 Our Quiz Night at The Wanderers Golf Club lived up to its promise of being a FUNdraiser. We had a good turnout of teams that were highly competitive throughout the night and more than up to the challenging questions posed by Quizmaster Brendan from IC Promos. The hearty food catered by the Club helped to keep the  brain cells awake and working.

The winning team

The winning team

Costs are being finalised but, provisionally, the evening raised just over R24 000 – thanks to our generous participants and supporters. Best of all, we had fun raising the money for a great cause.

Kim Leicher with Maria E. (raffle winner)

Kim Leicher with Maria E. (raffle winner)

 

A big thank to the prize sponsors who ensured that more of the entry fee could go directly towards the care of our babies.

Nicola Kirby (raffle winner), Jo-Anne and Sarah Flemmer from the team that clinched 3rd prize)

Nicola Kirby (raffle winner), Jo-Anne Schermeier, and Sarah Flemmer from the team that clinched 3rd place)

Our Sponsors: Photography by Inga (raffle prize – photo shoot worth R2000); Legacy Hotels & Resorts (raffle prize – R400 dinner voucher from Maximillien Restaurant); Sorbet; Lazzara Leicher Attorneys; The Wanderers Golf Club; Body Tech; La Dolce Vita; Justin Kramer and Kim Leicher.

The Winners:

1st Place

1st Place

2nd Place

2nd Place

3rd Place

3rd Place

Thank you to everybody who supported the event and to the energetic group of volunteers who helped to make it all happen.

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There is just one remaining question? When is the next Quiz Night?

Jo-Anne Schermeier on March 3, 2015

Photo for stats Feb 2015

We are immensely grateful to all our caring donors (in-cash & in-kind)and volunteers who help us through every day.

Without their support, we would not be able to proudly commemorate our 85th anniversary later this year. More importantly, we are grateful that they care about the well-being of the vulnerable babies/toddlers in our nursery who, despite a difficult start in life, all face very bright futures.

 2015 is rolling onwards, and just two months into the year, we are very proud about what we are already able to report on.

 Our “stats” for January and February 2015: 

Number of babies cared for

34

Number of new admissions

11

Number of adoptions

5   (4 local

      1 inter-country)

Number of babies placed in foster care

1

Number of babies reunited with biological family

1

Number of birth moms accomodated

3

Two adoptions and three foster care placements are pending finalisation.

Thank you for caring and making a difference.

Jo-Anne Schermeier on February 18, 2015
All proceeds from Quiz Night will go towards the care of 30 babies in our nursery

All proceeds from Quiz Night will go towards the care of 30 babies in our nursery

Jo-Anne Schermeier on November 11, 2014

Our virtual Christmas Tree is being decorated through donations given as symbols of love, light and hope for the little people in our nursery. Next Christmas will be different, but this year we are the whole world to themEach donation goes directly towards their care.

 

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The Christmas Tree is a Symbol of Love

 

Donations - 

Janine Turner                   Inga Hendriks & Albert Terblanche             Eileen MacFarlane

Zanele Mngadi                  Mike & Janita Lawrence                             Rob & Clayton

Edmund Bovijn                 Arlaine Kramer                                        Lida & Kobus Snyman

Jenny Mansfield                Anne & George Rennie                              Leon Putzier

Tyrone Pharmacy             Jo-Anne Schermeier                                   Lisa Lazarus

J.Whitter                         Jeannie, Megan & Kayla Holden                  Glenda & Kyara Rynhard

Kim Leicher & Friends       Louise Latham & Friends                      Dulwani Rathugamage

CP Hughes                       Kevin Veyidiaka

Dedications -

“I would like to dedicate this to my beautiful angel of a wife, Linda Bovijn (née Hind), who started her life’s journey through your special home. We are eternally grateful for the wonderful work that you do as “angels” to all the orphaned children that have the privilege to pass through your loving home.”                                                                                                                                   -       Edmund Bovijn

“A very Merry Christmas to all you wonderful babies & toddlers. Angels watch over you.”                -       Mike & Janita

“In honour of Neil Mansfield’s 50th birthday.”                                                                             -       Jenny Mansfield

“Happy Christmas to all at Princess Alice. With love”                                                                    -        Anne

 

“The ‘virtual’ gifts are on behalf of our 8 grandchildren (& proxy grandchildren):

Callum, Jamie & Lewis MacFarlane who all live in Bermuda

Liam Campbell who lives in Toronto Canada

Malia Campbell who lives in Orno Canada

 And my ‘proxy’ children:

Aimee & Sara Redman who live in Singapore

Liam Featherston who lives Victoria Australia.”                                                                            -      Eileen MacFarlane

Merry Christmas, with love: Gabriel 15.01.2002 and Joshua 17.08.2003                                -        Leon Putzier

With love to all the little angels at the home                                                                                    -        Megan, Jeannie & Kayla Holden

To all the wonderful staff who give so freely of their love.

May you be richly rewarded                                                                                                                    -       Glenda and Kyara Reynhardt

This donation is really in the name of 3 blessings that the women and babies, as well as those who care for them at Princess Alice, all deserve:  Love, Hope and Friendship.                                                              - Louise Latham & Friends

Read more about our Christmas Appeal on http://bit.ly/1tXkkAB   or email manager@princessalice.org.za.