Estcourt was the place where the Augustinian Sisters first established a convent in South Africa.
On the 31st October 1891, at the invitation of Bishop Charles Jolivet nine Augustinian Sisters from France arrived in Durban.
They came to establish a Hospital but as the Bishop was not able to find land to build it on he settled them on a Mission in Estcourt. After a long trek to Estcourt the sisters were established there on the 6th November 1891 where they opened a school and Hospital and also offered medical care to the local people in the district.
Today the sisters Young and old continue to pray in their convent in Estcourt and to reach out to the poor through the Ithembalethu project.
The young women who join us today do their Noviciate training in the Estcourt Community.
The Ithembalethu Outreach Project
The Ithembalethu Outreach Project is an initiative operated by the Augustinian Sisters of Estcourt and is a registered Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) No: 081-696, PBO No: 930041514. The organisation provides quality care and support to People Living with HIV/AIDS and Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Estcourt,Wembezi, and other surrounding communities.
Our mission is to join the endeavour to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS, provide quality care and services to PLWHA and OVC, reduce the incidence of stigmatization and discrimination, and build the capacity of staff and volunteers to render quality care and service.
HIV/AIDS is one of the most devastating social disasters affecting communities in South Africa.
Government health institutions are unable to cope with the ever-growing need and demand for services.
Ithembalethu Outreach Project was established in 2008. In response to this ever-growing need and demand to help alleviate the suffering endured by people in our communities who are either infected or affected by the disease. We help in these areas:
- Prevention and behaviour change
- Palliative Care
- Care of Orphans and Vulnerable Children
- Capacity building of staff
- Addressing Stigmatization and Discrimination.
If you would like to make a donation or get involved, please contact us on the details below:
Contact the Novitiate: