What we do
In St. Joseph, we give the children a safe haven to enable them to grow and develop in their own pace. This is their “home away from home”, where all of them are loved and cared for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
Our children’s home is situated in a very rural area without a lot of infrastructure. Our children visit the crèche on the mission’s premises and later move on to a selected primary school in the surrounding area.
Our children grow up in rural Zululand. We want their lives to feel normal and for them to feel connected with their culture. That’s why we promote local Zulu customs and traditions in our daily work.
Build a network
The roots of our congregation lie in Germany, but we also have convents in the USA and South Africa. We are building international networks with friends and donors to support the work in St. Joseph CYCC.
Where we work
South Africa has a society with one of the biggest inequality rates worldwide. A small middle and upper class draws a picture of a thriving society. In reality, more than half of the population has less than 25 Rand (1,50 Euro) per day. One out of five South Africans doesn't know how to pay his next meal. One of the poorest provinces is KwaZulu-Natal, where St. Joseph CYCC is based. In the rural area of Mbongolwane, people suffer from numerous problems. High unemployment and bad living standards lead to high numbers of domestic and gender-based violence, alcoholism and drug abuse. HIV is a huge problem. More than half of all women between 30 and 39 years live with the virus. In St. Joseph, some of the children are HIV-positive as well.
More than half of all South Africans live off 25 Rand a day.
61% of all poor people in KwaZulu-Natal are younger than 25. They often don't have a chance.
25% of all adults in KZN are HIV positive. With women between 30 and 40 years, the number is 56%.
21% of all households in KZN don't have access to electricity. 13% don't have access to water.
We are a registered Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) in South Africa
NEWS FROM ST. JOSEPH
Full house in St. Joseph
The year 2022 started with busy and exciting times for our children’s home in Mbongolwane. Five new children have joined the St. Joseph family. Read more AboutFull house in St. Joseph
A Christmas story: Preschoolers donate with love
Giving back to less fortunate children: Following the idea of a six-year-old learner at Holy Childhood School, the Grade R class of 2021 collected toys and other items from their homes to give to St. Joseph CYCC children as a sign of their love and care. Read more AboutA Christmas story: Preschoolers donate with love
The South African Sugar Technologists’ Association (SASTA) has donated a R20000 cheque to St. Joseph CYCC. Staff and children are truly grateful for their generosity. Read more AboutSiyabonga SASTA
Difficult times for St. Joseph CYCC
The civil unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and other South African provinces deeply affected the whole country. At the same time, the Holy Childhood Sister’s projects in South Africa faced great challenges – especially the children’s home St. Joseph CYCC in Mbongolwane. Read more AboutDifficult times for St. Joseph CYCC
Goodbye Sr. Rose!
Sr. Rose has spent 56 years in South Africa – many of those in Mbongolwane Convent. Now she has left the Region of St. Clare and returned back to Germany. Read more AboutGoodbye Sr. Rose!
For six years, a development worker from Germany supported St. Joseph’s team – and our beautiful children. Management and staff are very sad to see her contract ending. Read more AboutSaying farewell
In April, 16 of our careworkers celebrated their graduation. All of them passed their exams – a huge success not only for themselves, but for St. Joseph CYCC as a whole.
Celebrating St. Joseph
The family of St. Joseph CYCC stood in prayer as they celebrated the feast of their patron saint. Read more AboutCelebrating St. Joseph
During the summer break, St. Joseph CYCC went through some long-needed renovations. Now, the children’s home and its surroundings are looking shiny and new. Read more AboutMaintenance
Eshowe ladies donate happiness
For the third consecutive year, Eshowe ladies joined together before Christmas to bring joy to our children. Read more AboutEshowe ladies donate happiness