August 2009
Thanks to the effort of a few American volunteers
as well as a donation from Pitch In For Baseball,
Sparrow fielded its first ever baseball team. The
season began last September and the team joined
the Southwest Gauteng League. Read more

Sparrow Ministries Issue No. 2
19 December 2011
Sparrow Ministries Issue No. 2

Sparrow Ministries

Cnr. Lola & Nadine Streets
Maraisburg, 1710
Gauteng, South Africa

P.O. Box 1570
Florida, 1710
Gauteng, South Africa

Phone: 011-472-6628
Fax: 011-672-9852



CEO: Rose Letwaba
Chairman of the Board: Dr. Raymond Billa

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Many Thanks

Dear Corine,

Despite the cold chill of winter, Sparrow sends warm greetings to all of our many friends around the world.


Rose's PhotoRev. Dr. McClintock has turned over the day to day management of Sparrow to her very capable deputy CEO Rose Letwaba.
This long planned and carefully orchestrated transition has been achieved without even a hiccup. Rose has been at Sparrow since 2007 and has brought a wealth of experience from her previous position at Alexandra's clinic. A psychiatric nurse by training, she received her degree from the University of Johannesburg. As she views the road ahead, she will be focusing on ensuring that Sparrow provides the right programs and environment to ensure that the children will have a promising future. "We are here because of the children and we cannot compromise on that."
She believes that society must "wake up" to the needs of HIV positive children and be prepared to address them. Corine's vision for Sparrow will continue as she takes on the title of Organizational & Nursing Coordinator. " I am interested in taking care of people and not necessarily spending all of my time on the administrative side of Sparrow" she says. "Rose had all of the right skills and motivation to ensure that Sparrow Ministries will always be there for those who need us."


We have had to say good-bye to our beloved Dr. Henry. He has been a fixture at Sparrow for the last two years. Dr. Henry Welsh has been the recipient of the David N. Pincus Global Health Fellowship affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Henry graduated form the Medical School for International Health at Ben Gurion University in Israel. He has always been interested in international health having done work in India, Central America and Lesotho during his years in medical school. The fellowship is for 2 years and focuses much of its effort at the hospital in Francistown, Botswana. There Henry worked on decreasing the mother to child transmission rate of HIV positive women. Although he was at Sparrow only every other month, his impact was very significant. His mission was to develop a disclosure program for the children based on their age and their ability of understand the nature of the disease. It also gave him the opportunity to talk to our teenagers about respect in terms of sex and healthy living. Telling a child that they are HIV positive is difficult at best but it is no longer a death sentence and Dr. Henry developed a protocol that would ensure that our children understand their disease but at the same time understood that they can live a healthy and normal life. We thank you Dr. Henry for all that you have done and hope we will see you again in the future. Best of luck in your new position at Children's Hospital of Phildadelphia.

Dr. Henry
David Pincus has been a long time and very generous supporter of Sparrow and we thank you for bringing Dr. Henry into our family.


Our boys who play baseball have shown us what it takes to succeed. Nine of our baseball players were selected to play in the provincial tournament in George. Sparrow kids were included in the Under 10, Under 12, Under 14 and Under 16 teams. They worked hard all season and were rewarded with this wonderful trip to the coast. For most of them, it was the first time they had seen the sea and they had the opportunity to experience the wonder of the waves. A trip of a lifetime for some of them. The teams all played exceptionally well. The Under 14s and the Under 16s came in third in their divisions. A pretty remarkable feat considering that this league has only been in existence for 3 years. Congratulations to all of them. They and many other young boys are looking forward to next season.

Congratulations to Gift Motaung who has just completed her requirements to become a qualified professional nurse. She began her employment at Sparrow as a care giver and has worked extremely hard to achieve this significant milestone.

Mama Gugu of Cluster 1 has retired after 10 years of tireless and unselfish service to the children of Sparrow. She will be greatly missed by all of the children who have been in her care. Her dedication and compassion has made a difference in the lives of so many children. Enjoy your retirement Gugu, we already miss you.

Nonhlanhla Khubeka has successfully passed her Matric exams. Well done and best of luck in the next phase of your life.

The Wakefield Grannies (Canada) raised a substantial amount of money by making over 1000 living angels. Thank You.

Best Regards,

Sparrow Ministries


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