We change the lives of those who have no Hope

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Nazareth House is a non-profit, charitable organisation, which has served the communities in South Africa for over 130 years. The Sisters of Nazareth have opened their doors to the poorest of the poor in caring for the sick, destitute, aged and under privileged, orphaned children.

Poverty-stricken communities often abandon or neglect children with special needs and the frail elderly who are dependent on the goodwill of others. Being ostracised by the community because of poverty, age and disability is not a rare occurrence. Many families disown or abuse their children because their disability is a burden on them or their medical status may be exposed and the family ridiculed because of it. Their conditions demand expert care, which low-income families cannot afford emotionally or financially. Nazareth House provides medical and relational care regardless of religious affiliation to the most vulnerable elderly and children. Our comprehensive approach ensures that we address all levels of Children’s and Elderly development and health, albeit on an intellectual, emotional and/or physical level. Our interventions are both programmatic and systematic in nature as it allows children to live healthy and contributing lives, regardless of their circumstances. Through our interventions, we have prevented these forgotten groups of children and elderly from experiencing further abandonment, abuse and ridicule and has created a homely environment. A place they can call “home".

The Southern African Region extends from Harare, Zimbabwe in the North, to Cape Town, South Africa in the South and includes ten Houses that provide:

  • Accommodation and care for the aged in all the houses
  • A specialised Dementia Care Home in Cape Town
  • Care for children whose ages range from birth to the teenage years in Johannesburg and Cape Town
  • Accommodation and care for severely disabled children as well as a last resting place for children with terminal conditions in Cape Town
  • A clinic and a hospice for the treatment of TB and HIV patients in the Johannesburg House
  • A Home Based Care hospice for the treatment of TB and HIV patients in Warrenton, near the 14 Streams f arm
  • A creché on the 14 Streams farm
  • Larmenier Villages for retired independent living in Cape Town, Pretoria, Harare and Johannesburg


Every child at some stage longs to find their roots, who they really are and who they belong to. We owe it to them to do all we can to help them find the answers.


With Government subsidised homes for the aged stretched to the limit, care of these vulnerable elderly people falls onto the shoulders of organisations such as Nazareth House.


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Volunteers are one of the life-lines of our organisation and are needed to fulfill a multitude of tasks from feeding the babies, reading to elderly residents to performing admin tasks.


Fundraising for Nazareth House is a rewarding way for community groups, schools, clubs, workplaces and individuals to make a difference for those in need.

Meet The Nazareth Sisters

We, the Sisters of Nazareth, aim to share the love of God through our ministries of care and education and our openness to respond to the needs of the times.

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Sr. Anne Margaret Craig

Sr. Anne Margaret Craig

Regional Superior
Nazareth House Southern African Region

I grew up in a small village in the West Country of England where for several years we were the only Catholics in the village.

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Sr. Lorraine Akal

Sr. Lorraine Akal

Sister Superior
Nazareth House Durban

My name is Sister Lorraine Akal. I am from the South African Region and my country of birth is South Africa.

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Sr. Gladys

Sr. Gladys

Sister Superior

My name is Sr. Gladys born and bred in Kenya. I come from family of eight siblings, (yes 8), three brothers and five sisters. I am second oldest with a gap of 9 years.

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What People Say About Us:

Merle Borgström

Place of refuge for people who need to be cared for. Loving nuns and caring attendants for people who are in need of tender loving care. Humbling experience to visit and will keep visiting.

Leah Matthee

In the world we live in it's amazing to find people who put others before themselves. Restored my faith in humanity. Around such selfless love, how can one doubt the existence of God.

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