Get involved

Without financial contributions from caring individuals and business,
LITTLE EDEN simply couldn’t provide the level of care necessary to our ‘family’ of 300 children and adults.
Cash donations are hugely appreciated, as they allow us the flexibility to respond to needs as they arise. But there are many other ways to support LITTLE EDEN – without having to dig into your pocket!

Donate items for our homes

With a ‘family’ of 300 children and adults, there are many day to day items that are always needed and greatly appreciated. In particular:

  • Good quality used clothing in all sizes – especially socks, pyjamas and tracksuits
  • Sheets, blankets and pillows
  • Toiletries – soap, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo
  • Office consumables – paper, stationery, specific ink cartridges
  • Toys – paints, crayons, colouring in books, jigsaw puzzles (up to 200 pieces), Duplo blocks, soft baby dolls, light balls, large plastic cars/trucks, musical instruments, plastic sandpit toys, push & pull along toys

Items may be dropped off at Domitilla & Danny Hyams Home (79 Wagenaar Rd/cnr Harris Ave) in Edenglen or at the second hand shop at De’ Sun Place, 33, 8th Avenue, Edenvale.

Please note that we use a special bio-degradable industrial laundry detergent, and unfortunately cannot use donations of ordinary washing powder or fabric softener.

Support our charity shop

Our second hand shop in Edenvale is so popular, we can’t keep up with the demand for good quality second hand clothes and shoes! If you have items you no longer use, please consider donating them to LITTLE EDEN.

All proceeds from the shop go directly towards providing quality care for the 300 residents with intellectual disability in our care. So you can get rid of unwanted items and help our children at the same time!

Apart from a wide range of second hand clothing in all sizes, we also stock china, kitchenware, books, toys, linen, furniture, small appliances and bric-a-brac. So if you’re planning a clear out at home, please bring all your unwanted items to the shop – De’ Sun Place, 33, 8th Avenue, Edenvale – or drop them off at  Domitilla and Danny Hyams Home in Edenglen.

Opening hours:
Mon-Fri from 09h00-16h00
Saturday from 08h30-12h30
Sundays and Public Holidays – Closed

For more information, please tel. 011 453-8065.

Buy our products

These items are available at Domitilla & Danny Hyams Home (79 Wagenaar Rd/cnr Harris Ave) in Edenglen and at our second hand shop at De’ Sun Place, 33, 8th Avenue, Edenvale

Handmade Rosary

These rosaries are made with the help of residents as part of their therapy programme at Elvira Rota Village


Emptied for Filling

The English version of the story of Domittila and Danny Hyams told by Italian journalist and author, Daniela Taiocchi.


Vuoti a rendere (Emptied for filling )

The story of Domittila and Danny Hyams told by Italian journalist and author, Daniela Taiocchi.
The original Italian version.


Il Piccolo Paradiso (A Little Paradise)

The story of LITTLE EDEN by Italian journalist and author, Daniela Taiocchi. Available in the original Italian or English translation.


Pecan nuts fresh from our orchard

These nuts are shelled and packed by residents and staff of Elvira Rota Village. Available shelled or whole.

Price list:

Shelled halves (500g) R115
Shelled halves (200g) R50
Broken pieces (500g) R90
Broken pieces (200g) R40
Bulk (10kg and over) R190/kg whole halves
Bulk (10kg and over) R150/kg broken peices

LITTLE EDEN 50 Years of Love & Care

LITTLE EDEN 50 years of Love & Care (1967 to 2017) by Luigi Slaviero is an interesting and lively read. It not only describes the past 50 years of LITTLE EDEN’s existence, but also relays the emotions, motives and prayers involved in founding, growing and maintaining the Homes.



LITTLE EDEN accepts volunteers for both long and short term assignments working with our children and adults with profound disabilities. For the safety of our residents, all volunteers must submit a police clearance report and sign a resident protection form. For more information, please contact Nichollette Muthige on +27 (0)11 609 7246 or email

Community service for scholars
You must be 16 years or older to do community service at LITTLE EDEN. Younger scholars may be accepted provided they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.

We accept individuals and groups for community service during weekdays from 08h30-12h00. NOT IN THE AFTERNOONS, WEEKENDS OR PUBLIC HOLIDAYS. For this reason, students are advised to arrange for their community service during the school holidays.

Please contact Nichollette Muthige on 011 609 7246 for more details and to make arrangements.

Enjoy participating in sporting events?

Why not run, cycle or swim for us?


Simply go to Doit4Charity or BackaBuddy – and set up a fundraising page, with LITTLE EDEN as the beneficiary. Add a photo of yourself and a message to encourage your family and friends to support you. Any money you raise will come straight to us – you don’t have to handle cash – and you can see who’s supporting you by visiting your page on a regular basis.

It’s so easy to make a difference, and knowing that you’re helping to provide love and care for children with profound intellectual disability will add to your achievement.

Even if you’re not sporty, there are lots of other occasions – such as a milestone birthday or anniversary, which offer great fundraising opportunities.

Adopt an ‘Angel’ – by donating monthly towards the cost of care

Adopting one of our ‘Angels’ not only makes a real difference in the life of a child with profound intellectual disability – it also has a personal and meaningful impact on your own life.

When you sponsor a child at LITTLE EDEN with a regular monthly contribution, you receive a photograph and brief case history of your ‘angel’ in a Certificate of Appreciation. And you can enjoy further involvement by visiting your child any time (just phone first, please, to arrange a convenient time!), or arranging a birthday party for him or her.

It’s amazing how interacting with our angels – many of whom radiate joy despite having to spend their lives in a wheelchair – can put day-to-day frustrations into perspective!

Above all, enjoy the satisfaction of helping to bring joy, security and dignity to a child who has to depend on the compassion and goodwill of others for life.

The cost of caring for a child at LITTLE EDEN is R12700 per month and covers everything he or she needs … from basic food and shelter to 24-hour care, medication, and intensive physiotherapy, speech therapy, occupational-, hydro- and music therapy.

We welcome monthly sponsorship of any amount – from the full R12700 to gifts of R5000, R2500, R1000 and less – all help towards the cost of care. All donations to the Society are deductible in terms of Section 18A of the Income Tax Act.


Sponsor a birthday party

Birthdays are a special time at LITTLE EDEN – and with 300 residents, there’s a birthday to celebrate almost every day!
Food for the party is always greatly enjoyed and appreciated. Please consider donating:
  • a birthday cake
  • cup cakes
  • chocolate
  • Cheese Curls/Flings
  • soft sweets (no boiled sweets or suckers)
  • ice cream (in tubs – no lollies or cones)
  • fresh fruit
  • cool drink
Birthdays for the older and more mobile children are sometimes celebrated with an outing to the local steakhouse for burgers and chips. Please contact Nichollette Muthige on 011 609 7246 or for more information, or click the button to contribute towards this special need.

Get a MySchool or Makro Card

Support the children of LITTLE EDEN without spending a cent extra – simply by applying for a MyVillage Card or a Makro card and naming us as the beneficiary, and swiping it every time you shop at Woolworths, Engen, ToysRUs or Makro.

The MyVillage Card is not a debit or credit card; it simply tracks transactions made at the till and allocates a proportion of the sale to the nominated charity. More than R1.5 million is disbursed to various schools and charitable organisations through the system every month. Apply online at You will also find a full list of participating stores on the website.

If you already have a MySchool Card, you can add LITTLE EDEN as a secondary beneficiary, and your earnings will be divided equally between your existing beneficiary and our Society.

You can apply for a Makro card by downloading the Makro mCard App from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. LITTLE EDEN earns R5 for every R1000 spent, while you earn your usual MReward points. For more information contact Masana on 011 609 7246 or email

‘Donate’ your birthday

When friends and loved ones ask what you’d like for your birthday this year, why not suggest they make a donation to LITTLE EDEN instead of buying you a gift?

As we get older, we realise the things we really want – love, friendship, good health, peace of mind, more time with beloved children or grandchildren – can’t be bought. And that helping someone less fortunate is money well spent.

Many of our children will spend their birthday … and every other day of the year … in a wheelchair. But your thoughtfulness ensures their days are filled with comfort, care and love.

Leave a bequest to LITTLE EDEN

Most of us get great satisfaction from doing good … helping to make the world a better place and changing the lives of others less fortunate than ourselves. Leaving a bequest to your favourite charity is a way of continuing this influence beyond your own lifetime.

A Legacy is also a wonderful memorial – keeping your spirit of compassion and generosity alive for years to come. It’s also a way of saving money, as gifts to charity are exempt from estate duty and may reduce the size of your estate to the point where it will not attract any tax.

If your own family is grown up and independent, you might like to make provision in your Will for children who will never be grown up and independent in the sense we know it … those who suffer from intellectual disabilities.

The children at LITTLE EDEN are here for life – and we have made a commitment to care for them as long as they live. By naming the ‘LITTLE EDEN Foundation’ in your Will, you’ll be an integral part of the LITTLE EDEN story for ever.

For more information on Wills and Bequests, please contact Melanie van Wyk at or write to P O Box 121, Edenvale 1610, South Africa.