With Christmas just around the corner, you may be looking for ideas for gifts for children with intellectual disability … for a friend’s child or even your own. No need to stress. Buying gifts for children with disabilities isn’t all that different from buying for any other child. You need to consider the child’s abilities,..
Christmas concert back on track! After two lonely years, when we couldn’t welcome visitors to our Homes, not even to share the joyful message of our Christmas nativity concerts, we’re thrilled to be able to invite you to join us on 25 and 26 November, 2022 at Elvira Rota Village for ‘A Star is Born’…
According to numerous studies, people with intellectual disability can not only experience mental health problems such as anxiety, stress and depression. They’re actually four times more susceptible to these conditions than the general population. However, they are less likely to be correctly diagnosed, let alone treated. Owing to something known as ‘diagnostic overshadowing’, health care..
Get behind amputee Estienne Arndt, who will tackle the gruelling Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon to raise funds for LITTLE EDEN. Never one to back away from a challenge, in 1996 Estienne was the first amputee to finish the Comrades Marathon with a prosthesis. Prior to losing his foot in a motorcycle accident, he famously ran..
Our residents rarely get an opportunity to ‘sleep out’. So you can imagine the excitement when a small group went to Dullstroom for a few days recently. Being in a completely new and different environment … enjoying the beautiful scenery and outdoor activities like walking, braaiing and fishing, is something they’ll remember for the rest..
With support from the Department of Basic Education, one of our special angels Mandy*, was identified as a child who would benefit from attending a special school. It’s taken three years to finalise the process – but on 10 August, Mandy set off proudly for her first day of school. Waiting for the school bus..
There’s nothing like the arrival of spring to encourage everyone to get out into the fresh air and sunshine … and start planting. At Elvira Rota Village, we celebrated spring day by planting a new flower garden. Active and mobile residents put in the hard work of digging and planting under supervision, while their less..
On the last day of July, long-time resident, Brigitte, slipped away to be with the other angels in heaven. It was a sad day for everyone at LITTLE EDEN. After 51 years with us, Brigitte was so much a part of our family. Her passing leaves a huge gap. She was one of the first..
Over the past few months we’ve become used to living on a building site, as walls came down, and new ones went up in front of our eyes. Some wings have been completed and our angels are already enjoying their bright new accommodation. We look forward to the completion of the new medical centre, which..
Every year, during Intellectual Disability Awareness Month, the South African Federation for Mental Health helps raise awareness around the rights and needs of persons with intellectual disability. Among the most marginalised people in society, they face discrimination and exclusion in almost all spheres of life, including education, employment and community involvement. This year, SAFMH worked..