The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BULAWAYO, Fri­day, Au­gust 12, 1966 — St Clare’s Home, refuge for un­mar­ried moth­ers and place of safety for girls in need of care, tells its story of com­pas­sion, pro­tec­tion and guid­ance in an il­lus­trated brochure which has been sent to all mem­bers of the med­i­cal pro­fes­sion, min­is­ters of religion and women’s or­gan­i­sa­tions.

It is well-timed be­cause the home’s an­nual meet­ing will be held to­day. The su­per­in­ten­dent, Miss AE Sams, will ad­dress the meet­ing. In her re­port, al­ready cir­cu­lated, she says there was a sub­stan­tial in­crease in the num­ber of res­i­dents — a to­tal of 61 girls passed through St Clare’s last year, but 11 of these came in to­wards the end of 1964.

Nine girls were from out­side Rhode­sia and two were “care and pro­tect”, cases. Three of the nine girls who elected to keep their ba­bies had since mar­ried. Twins born in the home last year were now set­tled in their own fam­ily cir­cle.

The girls were mainly all teenagers or in the early 20s. Miss Sams records that “our first wed­ding of the year was a very happy oc­ca­sion”.

There were also birth­day cel­e­bra­tions, a 21st birth­day, bee­tle drives, and var­i­ous out­ings where the girls’ pri­vacy was as­sured. The girls were grate­ful for the se­cu­rity and pri­vacy given by the home, says Miss Sams.

They found time to study the true pur­pose of their lives. Many had been trained for suit­able em­ploy­ment in spe­cial classes at home. They had now set­tled down in their own homes and in jobs, and had found new friends.

The trea­surer, Mr FL Wigley, says in his re­port that the in­creased num­ber of girls in the home last year was ev­i­dence that St Clare’s had be­come more widely known. He did not be­lieve it in­di­cated that the num­ber of un­mar­ried moth­ers was in­creas­ing.

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