LITTLE EDEN is a registered non-profit organisation [001-827 NPO] and PBO [No.930/0000/03] providing life-long care to 300 children and adults with profound intellectual disability in two custom designed residential facilities – Domitilla and Danny Hyams Home in Edenvale, and Elvira Rota Village, in Bapsfontein.
We believe that no matter how profoundly disabled a person may be, he or she is still a whole complete being, with a body; a mind; a spirit and a soul.
Our special children may not experience the world in the same way that we do, but they have so much to teach us! From them we learn about the power of the human spirit, the joy to be found in simple achievements, the satisfaction of caring for those who are weaker than ourselves, love that seeks no reward.
Although the average age of our residents is 26 years, the average intellectual age is that of a one-year-old. Some function at new-born level and have to be fed, carried, changed and bathed. Others are able to manage tasks like feeding themselves, brushing their teeth, dressing and using the toilet.
The children are grouped according to their abilities and behaviour. Many of our residents also suffer from mental illness, disturbed behaviour and multiple physical disabilities. They are cared for in specific groups where they feel comfortable and safe.
To care for, develop and enhance the quality of life, with love and understanding from a dedicated staff, persons with intellectual disability of all races and creeds entrusted to us, by providing with trust in Divine Providence and in cooperation with the parents, the community and the State the necessary spiritual, nursing, therapy and stimulation services in as an efficient and economic manner as possible.
Who is eligible?
LITTLE EDEN caters for people with profound intellectual disability – those who are classified as uneducable – of all races and creeds. Priority is given to those who have been abandoned or abused, or who come from severely disadvantaged backgrounds. Once accepted into the LITTLE EDEN family, they remain with us for life.
How much does it cost?
The full cost of caring per resident is R12 500 per month. This includes 24-hour nursing and medical care, specialised therapy, food and clothing. Any contribution towards this cost is greatly appreciated!
With a workforce of 272, LITTLE EDEN is fortunate to have a staff to resident ratio of almost one to one.
It is inspiring to witness the commitment and dedication of each and every employee in fulfilling their role and responsibility in caring for our residents with intellectual disability.
We provide specialised training and team building functions to encourage staff to build strong connections with one another. We also have a Caring for the Carers programme which takes place on a weekly basis at both DDHH and ERV. All staff are invited to participate in 45 minutes of “time-out” to recharge and renew.
Mrs Xelda Rohrbeck, CEO of LITTLE EDEN, pictured with ERV resident, Jaco, with whom she shares a special bond.
Message from the CEO
Good things don’t last forever, they say. But LITTLE EDEN is disproving this theory! Despite the financial challenges we face – with last year being one of the toughest yet – we consistently provide world-class care for children and adults with profound intellectual disability.
Support from the community
This is due in no small part to the support we get from the community. Local businesses and caring individuals offer financial contributions, gifts in kind, and hours of voluntary work. In addition, we enjoy a steady stream of wonderful volunteers from Italy, France and India. Thank you to every one of you, for caring about our precious ‘angels’ and joining forces with us to ensure they are safe, comfortable and happy.
Adapt or die
Just because LITTLE EDEN has endured for over five decades doesn’t mean that it hasn’t changed. I’m a firm believer in the adage, “Adapt or die”. We’ve always been flexible, embracing advances in treatment and ground-breaking therapies, as well as new and better ways of running our organisation.
The growth of social media, in particular, has had a huge impact on the way we communicate with friends and supporters, and our ability to reach and interact with new audiences.
If you haven’t already done so, please ‘like’ our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Sharing our stories and pictures with others is another way of helping!
One thing has never changed though – and that is our commitment to our residents. The privilege we feel in being entrusted to care for these special ‘angels’ is at the heart of LITTLE EDEN. And our hearts are in it for life.
“Thank you for making LITTLE EDEN a home for Suanrie for all these years. We as family thank each and every one of you for taking care of our little angel! Suanrie is in Heaven now and is one of the most beautiful angels.”
“I fell in love with your ‘angels’ – they are the most innocent, precious people. Thank you to LITTLE EDEN for maintaining this safe haven in a selfish world, and thank you to the angels for teaching me what it means to be a good person.”
Kayla ThomasSouth Africa
“Thank you for allowing me to work with your care givers at LITTLE EDEN. It really is a most wonderful home. People don’t know how much goes into looking after your residents. I just had a little glimpse, and I salute every single person who works at LITTLE EDEN .”
Pascalle ClampSouth Africa
“Walking in the footprints of Danny and Domitilla … a privilege, an honour and an example! The mission has used all my skills, both personal and professional. It has been great being able to use all that I am and all that I know in my work at LITTLE EDEN.”
“Every single look, hug or smile remained imprinted in our hearts; what binds them is the change that we have seen develop in us … the frivolous young girls have become “women” and the souls more mature and sensitive thanks to our great little angels.”
Anna Rota MartirItaly
“Through a smile, through a hug, through the way they looked at me, through an imperfect word to say thank you, through their limitation and disability, they gave their love for me.”
“LITTLE EDEN is such a special place and I am honoured to have had the pleasure of working here. I am so glad I got the opportunity to meet you and I hope one day that I can come back. You truly are the most Inspiring people I have ever met.”
LITTLE EDEN FOUNDATION
The LITTLE EDEN Foundation was established on 21 July 2010 and registered with SARS on 29 October 2010 as a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO number 930 034 635).
Its prime purpose is to safeguard (ring-fence) all properties and investments of the LITTLE EDEN Society, in order to manage and grow assets for the benefit of the Society, whilst at the same time to reduce its operational risk.
The LITTLE EDEN Foundation operates under its own Constitution, is subject to the applicable statutory financial audits and controls, and is managed by a Board of Management (BoM) made up of members independent of the LITTLE EDEN Society.
Interested individuals and institutions are invited to partner with us to build a secure future for our organisation and those it serves – adults and children with profound intellectual disability. Donations to the LITTLE EDEN Foundation are used exclusively for capital development such as alterations or additions to the Land and Buildings, and are tax deductible in terms of Section 18A of the Income Tax Act.
Should you have any questions regarding the Foundation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.