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February 2012

February 2012

We’re halfway through February already, well into 2012 and it’s been wonderful so far. We’re looking forward to a good, good year and although there have been many changes to the childcare act that have made our work more difficult and time-consuming, we’re hoping that the changes will ultimately benefit our babies. Please understand that if you wish to volunteer and we ask for a police clearance, it’s because the new child care act requires it.

We would like to welcome our new nurse, Candice who will be running the medical and social work under the guidance of Founder and Matron, Cheryl Pratley who will mentor her. As we have more and more HIV positive babies on ARV’s, the medication schedules have become intricate and need to be implemented meticulously and timeously and Candice has dedicated herself to doing the best for each little one.

Philisande, our miracle baby recently gave us a scare when he contracted pneumonia and doctors didn’t hold out much
hope for his recovery – once again he astounded everyone and pulled through and is even more full of mischief than
before! Always smiling, he thinks that throwing his snacks on the floor is hilarious and he’s a blessing to us all.


We remain so grateful to each person who takes the time to invest in our babies at Shepherd’s Keep, whether financially
or through the purchase of consumables, or through their time and skills. Total, from Island View recently fixed and
painted our gates which were hanging precariously and trimmed the hedges down the sidewalk as well as having a
new geyser installed for our high care nursery – huge thanks to you Total, we’re just thrilled! If you feel that you are able to donate any items from our wishlist, or would like a copy of our wishlist, please could you e-mail Michelle on – many thanks, we’d love to hear from you!


We had the huge privilege of having 3 past babes with us on Sunday 12th Feb to be filmed by a French journalist. Little
Rachel who weighed in at 800gr when she arrived 6 years ago is adamant that all she wants to be when she grows up is a
granny, like Cheryl Pratley – too cute for words. And Liam and Samuel are regular, well-adjusted little boys, as happy as can be with their amazing parents.


Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.
Philippians 4:8

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