German friendship spans 83 years!

From left: Sister Annemarie Niehsen (SAC Pallottine Order), Roland Seidler (German Consul to South Africa) Noemi Rentz (volunteer from Germany at SJH), Thea Patterson (director SJH) and staff nurse Sibongile Mazibuko. The relationship between Germany and St Joseph’s Home goes back more than 83 years. Ten Pallottine Sisters from Germany were called upon to nurse and care for ill and impoverished children after the Great Depression. SJH was started in Philippi and later moved to Montana, still caring for poor and vulnerable children. The facility currently has a bed capacity of 175 and an allocation of 6 wards.  Since inception, it has provided free holistic intermediate care (between an acute hospital and home) for more than 23 000 children from poorly resourced homes.