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


Number of new admissions


Number of adoptions

5   (4 local

      1 inter-country)

Number of babies placed in foster care


Number of babies reunited with biological family


Number of birth moms accomodated


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   or email




Jo-Anne Schermeier on November 4, 2014
Help us decorate our virtual Christmas Tree

Help us decorate our virtual Christmas Tree

Princess Alice Adoption Home invites you to celebrate the Season of Goodwill by helping us decorate our virtual Christmas Tree on

The Tree is a symbol of love, light & hope for the 30 little ones in our nursery. Next Christmas will be different, but this year we are the world to them.

Donate -

  • R50 to add tinsel
  • R100 to add a bauble
  • R200 to add a decorative present under the tree
  • R500 to add an angel

Dedicate your donation -

Each donation will be acknowledged & dedications are welcome.

The progress of our virtual Christmas Tree will also be replicated at the Princess Alice Adoption Home in Westcliff.

Email your name, proof of donation & a message to





Banking Details

Bank: Standard Bank
Branch: Library Gardens, Johannesburg
Branch Code: 001005
Account Name: Princess Alice Adoption Home
Account Number: 000 788 910


Remember that Princess Alice Adoption Home is a facility of Jo’burg Child Welfare and is a registered NPO (000-566) and PBO (18/11/13/1110). We care for up to 30 babies (aged newborn to two years old) who have been consented for adoption or abandoned.



Jo-Anne Schermeier on October 31, 2014

“Civilisation only begins when we feel that a neglected child is a personal reproach to each of us.”

-– HRH Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone.

October marked the 84th anniversary since HRH Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone officially opened Princess Alice Adoption Home in 1930.

We are very proud to continue with the service for which the Home was originally opened, and play a small but very vital role in the lives of our babies and families.

In the last post, we wrote that, in 2014 alone, we have cared for 50 babies (18 have been adopted, 1 baby placed in foster care and another 2 were re-united with their birth moms). We have also provided a place of safety for another 10 birth moms.

Thank you for all the support that makes it possible for us to continue on this journey – we look forward to celebrating 85 years in 2015.


Happy Birthday Princess Alice Alice Adoption Home

Happy Birthday Princess Alice Alice Adoption Home




Jo-Anne Schermeier on October 28, 2014

Buckle up! 2014 is flying by as we accelerate towards the year’s end. It’s been a bumpy journey with wonderful highs and some challenging lows – but we are staying on track through faith, hard work, dedication and, of course, bucket loads of help and support from our friends.

When all is said and done, PAAH is about the wellbeing, health and happiness of the babies in our care. It’s them and their future lives that bring smiles to our faces and ignite passion in us every day.

A few of our precious new arrivals

A few of our precious new arrivals

So while it’s not about the “numbers”, it is a great pleasure to be able to report on our progress and let you know that all the invested love and resources are carried with the little ones as they make the transition into family care.

Summary of Beneficiaries – January to October 2014

Babies/toddlers cared for



New babies admitted



Babies adopted


11 Local adoptions

  7 Inter-country adoptions

Babies placed in unrelated foster care



Babies reunited with birth moms/biological family



Birth moms accommodated



The good news doesn’t end here – there are another 5 adoptions (2 local and 3 inter-country), as well as 3 foster care placements (2 with biological family and 1 with an unrelated foster mommy) that are pending finalisation.

Just some of our happy farewells in 2014

Just some of our happy farewells in 2014

We’ll update these “stats” again before the end of the year to close the 2014 chapter of our ‘good story’.

Jo-Anne Schermeier on August 7, 2014

Some may call it the month of July but many South Africans now know it as Mandela Month and it was special in numerous ways – all thanks to the generous individuals, community groups and corporates who got involved with us as an organisation. Mandela Day has grown beyond the 67 minutes of giving back on 18 July, to a month of getting involved in communities that need assistance. Madiba’s legacy in the hearts of South Africans is exceptional in a way that words cannot describe.

Donations collage 2

Every moment was touching, but what could better sum up the real value of our service than having volunteers who were once adopted from Princess Alice come back to make a difference in 2014? We had more than one, they know who they are, and it is moving to meet them as mature individuals who started their lives in our nursery.

The donations in-kind were extremely generous, quite literally filling up our cupboards. We were also very fortunate to receive some of the bigger items on our “wish list” that have been beyond our budget for a while. And we are extremely grateful for the extensive maintenance done around the house and in the garden.

The babies and toddlers loved all the treats and breaks in routine. They’ve had parties, cuddles and lots of fun.  Naturally, we have needed to limit the number of people visiting at any one time, and appreciate that the corporate and community groups have been willing to spread their visits over a few weeks.

The nursery and domestic staff who were on duty on 18 July were treated by Lifeline to breakfast at the Wimpy. This act of “caring for the carer” was a wonderful acknowledgement of the contributions that they make on a daily basis.

Thank you to the following groups who were involved in our Mandela Month:-


Blackstar Group; Bowman Gillfilan; CNBC; Edcon; FirstRand; Forbes Africa; Four Seasons The Westcliff; Green Grass Design; HCI Coal; Injozi Digital Design;  JD Group; Hello Joburg Magazine; JP Morgan; Konca; Mutual and Federal; Nedbank; Oxford Landscaping; Philip Silver and Associates; Pipeline Performance Technologies; PCBS; RGL Africa; SA Rope Access; Scratch Solutions; Standard Bank Property Finance; Tracker Connect & Transaction Capital.


Lifeline; Lions Club Glenoaks/The Wilds; Moms and Tots Greenside; Music for the Children Foundation; Ryk Neethling Swimming Stars Kyalami; University of Johannesburg; University of the Witwatersrand & Wonderland Nursery School.

 Mandela Day Volunteer Collages


Jo-Anne Schermeier on July 12, 2014

“There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.” — Graham Greene

We are holding our Masters for Minors Charity Golf Day to help raise funds for the around-the-clock care of 30 babies (aged newborn to two years old). Our little ones have been consented for adoption or abandoned, and we are committed to providing them with the best possible second chances until they leave with their forever families.

Masters 4 Minors Advert

What you need to know about the day:

 Where:                 The Wanderers Golf Club, Illovo

 When:                  1 August 2014

 4-balls:                 R3 100/R775 per player

The cost of 4-balls includes green fees, dinner, shirt, prizes and an upfront donation to PAAH.

Bookings and enquiries: 

James –     or     Kim –

Sponsorship opportunities are available and we welcome donations of prizes, raffle items and giveaways.

We look forward to seeing friends and supporters out on the greens.

Jo-Anne Schermeier on June 22, 2014

With less than four weeks to go – have you thought about what can be done to honour Tata Madiba’s call to acknowledge his birthday and memory by making a difference in the community? As much as anything else, he left us with this legacy and obligation – to do what we can do to help those who are vulnerable and less fortunate than ourselves.

Mandela Day 2014

From our side, we welcome volunteers and donations but we also understand that it’s not always possible to get 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 July, here are some simple suggestions for doing your bit:

  • Donate 67 minutes to volunteering during the month of July.
  • Donate R67 (yes, R67 = 6 loaves of bread, 3 boxes of tissue or 6 bottles of allergex with change!)
  • Take one of our collection tins to your office/classroom/sportsclub 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)
  • 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 part of, and donate the money to us or buy items from our wishlist.

We were blessed to share a portion of Madiba’s life and inherit the legacy of his personal sacrifices.

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 May 17, 2014

On Mother’s Day we celebrate our moms and all that they mean to us. And on Mother’s Day, mom wants her whole family to be safe and happy, even while she is being pampered. Princess Alice Adoption Home was very honoured to be selected as the charity beneficiary of the Celebrity Cherubs Mother’s Day Garden Party, which provided just that – family fun for mom. The event was the brainchild of chief cherub, Carmel Fisher.

Celebrity Cherub Carmel Fisher

Celebrity Cherub Carmel Fisher

A lot of hard work went on behind the scenes in build-up to the event. It was an absolute pleasure to work with such dedicated, good-hearted partners – Celebrity Cherubs, La Vie En Rose, Nickerbockerdoodlebugs, Face 2 Face and Platinum Ice.

Collage 1

The lovely restaurant, La Vie en Rose in Illovo, provided the perfect venue to accommodate food, fashion, pampering, kiddies’ entertainment and even a man cave.

Venue collage

Moms and VIP guests were treated to pamper sessions provided by therapists from Face 2 Face. The massage table in the rose garden was a big hit, and sweet tones from the roaming violinist just added to the sheer luxury of an outdoor backrub in the warm autumn sunshine.

Therapy collage

Celebrity guest speakers, VIP guests and a good media presence added to the glamour of the day. Speakers included Jonathan Boynton-Lee (Top Billing presenter, Cosmo’s Sexiest Man 2014 & former Princess Alice baby); Sureshnie Rider (5FM presenter); Pearl Thusi (Radio presenter & actress), Jerri Mokgofe (Celebrity Blogger & Fashion Stylist); Matthew Mansoor (Tresemmè/Motions Celeb stylist) and Suzy Mukendi (PEOPLE Mag Fashion Editor).

Celeb collage

The kiddies’ entertainment area was a sea of colour and fun. Nickerbockerdoodlebugs did an amazing job in organising a wonderland for the younger family members. Soft play, jumping castles, face painting, cookie baking, pampering for the tweens and teens, slush, popcorn, yummy snacks and a stilt walker provided hours of entertainment.

Kids Collage

Time spent with family, a kid’s talent show, fashion shows, beauty stalls and makeovers, fashion designer showcases and great weather completed a very memorable Mother’s Day Garden Party.

 Random Collage

Thank you for the wonderful support. We’ll soon let you know how much was raised for the care of babies at Princess Alice Adoption Home.