The Fold is a registered Private hostel founded in 2009 by Paul and Micky Prince. Based on a concept first tried out in Sweden, which was a series of small houses for the children, not a "block". Each house accommodates between 6 - 8 children, of different ages, and the children are looked after by a house mother.
Paul and Micky spent a lot of time researching orphanages and childrens homes in South Africa and found that some were just places of "storage". They wanted to help children in need and create a loving, caring environment which the children, throughout their lives, would regard as home.
The first house, named Ruth House, was ready in summer 2010, then following a thorough search for good house mothers, the first children were welcomed into The Fold by Christmas of that year. The second house, named Michael House was opened in September 2012 and is also full. A third house, named Dorothy House was opened in January 2016. A fourth house was opened in January 2018. We now have 32 children in our care. Our own private learning centre was opened on the property in January 2016 for a quality education with individual learning for each child’s special needs.
The Fold's MISSION is to help vulnerable and orphaned children in the Limpopo area. Some, inevitably, have health problems, and they are well looked after by experienced staff.
Paul and Micky are driven by their Christian faith, and their Christian values are evident in all that The Fold tries to achieve.
MEET THE TEAM THAT MAKES
LOVING THESE CHILDREN POSSIBLE
The Fold Children’s Home consists of committed individuals – employees, volunteers, supporters and partners – who are bound by one purpose: CREATE A LOVING AND SECURE ENVIRONMENT WHERE CHILDREN HAVE HOPE FOR THE FUTURE.
PAUL & MICKY PRINCE
Paul and Micky both work hard at fund-raising in the US, where they have many supporters as well as in South Africa and the UK.
LORENZO & THUNETTE CLOETE
Thunette handles the never-ending admin and makes sure The Fold complies with government and social department regulations. Lorenzo handles the day to day maintenance around the property and is a father figure for the children. Together they oversee the day-to day running of The Fold, and have a tremendous dedication and commitment to helping children, who otherwise would have had little hope in life.
OUR CURRENT HOUSE MOTHERS
& THEIR ASSISTANTS
Kedibone is the house mother in Michael house.
Magdeline is the house mother in Ruth house.
Mapula is the house mother in Dorothy house.
Francina is house mother in Olivia House
Lydia is an Assistant House Mother
Catrin is an Assistant House Mother
Educators at The Good Shepherd Centre
MARCUS & BLESS
Our Gardeners & Maintenance Men
They look after the property, and are a huge help in the market garden. They do the planting, watering, weeding and harvesting, and keeps The Fold's kitchens full of fresh vegetables. They also look after the chickens to fill the freezer's and supply fresh eggs for the houses.