Nazareth House is a non-profit making charitable organization, which has served the communities in Gauteng for over 100 years.
Nazareth House Johannesburg was established in 1896 with the objective to serve the homeless human casualties of the sprawling mining camp that was Johannesburg. Nazareth House Johannesburg aims to improve the lives of men, women and children who are not able to care for themselves and those living with the effects of HIV and Aids. The Sisters of Nazareth radiate the charisma and ethos of their foundress Victoire Larmenier and have opened their doors to the vulnerable and poor in caring for the sick, destitute and under privileged children and elderly with many other problems prevalent in a growing metropolis like Johannesburg.
Often referred to as The needle in the haystack, An Oasis in the desert or A refuge in the midst of chaos and confusion.
That is exactly what Nazareth House Johannesburg is. Within the walls of this well-established campus, set in beautiful landscaped gardens, lies a place of safety for the weary and afflicted.
Under the watchful supervision of Olivea Louw, the House Manager and her dedicated team, Nazareth House Johannesburg has the following ministries of care:
A total of 40 abandoned/ orphaned HIV positive babies and children.
A total of 20 terminally ill patients in the Aids hospice.
A total of 135 financially burdened or destitute frail-aged.
A total of 20 destitute or abandoned mentally challenged women.
A total of 1300 people living with the effects of HIV and Aids and their families as well as the poor and destitute through an outreach programme through which they receive food, counseling and care.
A total of 1000 patients on Anti Retroviral Therapy and 500 on HIV care in the Out-patient clinic receive nutritional support in the form of soup and bread on their visits to the clinic as well as with food parcels.
Trainee nurses are offered practical experience.
Support group members who are part of the hospice receive support through skills training e.g. cooking, baking, sewing, knitting, beadwork and computer skills.
A 6 bed End of Life Unit for those in need of care in their time of passing.
The health, social and emotional impact of the services offered improves the quality of life of each individual cared for by the staff and Sisters of Nazareth. Nazareth House continues to adapt and change their focus to address the social needs of the community.