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 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.

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 and 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 R12 700 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

1 038
NAPPIES WASHED

every day

2 500
COST OF CARING

for one resident per month

R12 700
YEARS

in operation

53

Meet the Board

Rev Doug Boake
Rev Doug Boake
Chairman
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Mr Maurizio Galimberti
Mr Maurizio Galimberti
Vice Chairman
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Ms Sedzani  Mudau
Ms Sedzani Mudau
Treasurer
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Rev Antony Bishop
Rev Antony Bishop
Member
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Mr Luigi Slaviero
Mr Luigi Slaviero
Member
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Mrs Rosetta Xaba
Mrs Rosetta Xaba
Member
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Mrs Thato  Nkosi
Mrs Thato Nkosi
Member
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Ms Maleshini Naidoo
Ms Maleshini Naidoo
Member
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With a workforce of 256, 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

Starting the year with a return to Lockdown Level 3 is not what any of us hoped for. Least of all our residents. Most of them can’t fully grasp the danger of Covid-19, but they do know that their usual activities have been upset – and they don’t like this!

Group activities
Group singing and games sessions are off the cards. Residents from different wings don’t mix and staff wear masks all the time. But not once have our angels been afraid; they may not be able see our smiles but they can still see the dedication and love in their carers’ eyes.

At ERV, activities like horse riding and music therapy took place in small groups as residents and staff remained in their sections to prevent cross contamination. Residents who ‘work’ are no longer allowed to do their chores in the kitchen and laundry, which saddens them as they really enjoy feeling useful and contributing to the running of their home.

Despite the hardships, our angels have been real troopers, praying every day for the ‘gogga’ to go away, so we can all be healthy and return to normal.

Covid outbreak
Although we experienced an outbreak of Covid at both Homes, we thank God that we have not lost any of our angels to the virus, despite their physical frailty and existing chest problems. Our staff have been amazing – tending to infected residents without reserve, while taking every precaution to avoid transferring the virus to their own families.

Generous support
We have been truly blessed by other ‘angels’ out there – people like you who have donated generously towards the cost of not only protecting and caring for our children, but lifting their spirits by enabling us to celebrate Christmas with gifts and special treats.

Through generous sponsorships, we also enjoyed a glorious ‘spring day’, where we were able to see each other and have fun dancing and singing in the open, while social distancing. It gave us all renewed hope. Thank you!

Ongoing needs
As I write this, our country is in the grip of a devastating second wave of Covid-19 infection. Everyone is worried and to stop the spread of the disease. But there are those among us – the elderly, the sick and the physically weak, like the LITTLE EDEN angels – who need extra care and protection. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers, and continue to provide vital financial support.

We pray for their safety and yours.

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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 – 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 foundation@littleeden.org.za.