About us

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 27 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.

Our Mission

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 co-operation with the parents, the community and the State
the necessary spiritual, nursing, therapy and stimulation services
in as efficient and economic a manner as possible.

Core values

Our core values are encapsulated in a series of symbols that guide the way the staff and volunteers at LITTLE EDEN respond to children and adults with intellectual disability; to each other as staff; to the environment; and to the larger community.
Respect

Just because a person has an intellectual disability does not make them less worthy of respect and consideration. We value each person in our care and celebrate their uniqueness.

Sanctity of Life

We believe in the sanctity of life – these special people are precious in the eyes of God and they have a right to be here and to be helped to reach their full potential despite their limitations.

Love & care®

We offer our residents love and care … provide for their needs, and protect them from harm.

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 R14 160 per month. This includes 24-hour nursing and medical care, specialised therapy, food and clothing. Any contribution towards this cost is greatly appreciated!

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FAST FACTS

RESIDENTS

cared for since 1967

1 092
NAPPIES WASHED

every day

2 500
COST OF CARING

for one resident per month

R14 160
YEARS

in operation

56

Meet the Board

Mr Luigi Slaviero
Mr Luigi Slaviero
Chairman
Mrs Thato  Nkosi
Mrs Thato Nkosi
Vice Chairperson
Ms Sedzani  Mudau
Ms Sedzani Mudau
Treasurer
Mr Maurizio Galimberti
Mr Maurizio Galimberti
Member
Rev Doug Boake
Rev Doug Boake
Member
Mrs Rosetta Xaba
Mrs Rosetta Xaba
Member
Dr Matthew Street
Dr Matthew Street
Member
Ms Maleshini Naidoo
Ms Maleshini Naidoo
Member

With a workforce of 266, 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.

Xelda Rorhbeck
Mrs Xelda Rohrbeck, CEO of LITTLE EDEN

Message from the CEO

Starting a brand new year inspires us with a sense of hope and possibility. But, as Mehmet Murat Ildan said, “Without the stairs of the past, you cannot arrive at the future.”

Much of 2023 seemed like an uphill struggle, but we made it – thanks to friends like you. Thank you for being our ‘stairs’ … lifting us up above the challenges of yesterday to where we can reflect on our many successes. These included solar installations, a new medical centre and other ongoing improvements at both Homes, which add great value to the quality care provided to our angels.

As we begin 2024, I pray that you remain committed to the welfare and happiness of the 300 children and adults living with profound intellectual disability who call LITTLE EDEN ‘home’.

Whether you support the many exciting events we have planned for the year ahead, bless us with financial contributions, or spend time with our precious angels, your encouragement and involvement is deeply appreciated. Thank you!

Mrs Xelda Rohrbeck
Chief Executive Officer

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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 – children and adults 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 foundation@littleeden.org.za.