Every Life Has A Meaning

Elim Home is a special care facility in the historical Moravian mission station town of Elim, just outside Gansbaai. The home is dedicated to providing optimal care for children and young adults with severe intellectual and physical disabilities that range from Down’s Syndrome to severe Autism. For the majority of the residents, this is the only home they will ever know. The struggle to keep Elim Home from disrepair is ongoing, and although subsidies and disability grants are received, these represent a mere third of the costs needed to run the three-hectare facility. There are currently 50 full-time residents at Elim Home who are cared for by a dedicated team of staff and volunteers.

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Elim Home was founded in 1963 by the Moravian Church of South Africa. 

In recent years a team of dedicated staff and willing volunteers have been lead by the Home’s guardian angels, Sister Lesinda Cunningham (the Homes Director, with over 30 years of experience as a highly qualified nurse) and Stephen van Dyk (Human Resources, Maintenance and Project Manager). 

The slow and painstaking task of restoring the buildings while caring for their residents has been met with faithful diligence that is obvious to guests visiting Elim Home. The team encourage visits from the public, realising that the only way forward is by the continued help and support of the public.



The staff at Elim Home don’t view any stumbling block as a problem, but rather as an opportunity to create a project to empower the home. This highly positive attitude has borne fruit such as the ‘Saving Water Project’, ‘Building the Shed Project’, ‘Shade at Last Project’ and their most notable project which is ‘The Agriculture Project’ which continues to grow from strength to strength.

The Agriculture Project (Elim Homegrown)

Elim Home is proud of their hydroponic growing tunnels which have been approved by the Department of Agriculture. The massive tunnels stand proudly on the grounds of the Elim Home property and house healthy organic crops of delicious tomatoes and tasty green beans. All the produce is tended to by members of the Elim settlement and a small team of international volunteers. The crops are fast becoming a valuable source of added income for the home. Both the Gansbaai and Bredasdorp SPAR supermarkets, local shops, guesthouses and the local community, strongly support the agricultural project. The Wyoming Spur Steak Ranch in Bredasdorp uses the home’s outsized tomatoes to top their burgers, and most recently the first batch of tomato jam was exported to Germany where it has been received with rave reviews. 

Elim Home Outreach 

Elim Home Outreach run daycare facilities in Gansbaai and Bredasdorp that offer a much-needed service to working parents of children who are disabled. The correct care of a severely disabled child with mental and physical disabilities will often prevent additional physical- and mental health issues which tend to cause problems later on in life. Emphasis is placed on educating the families of the disabled children and young adults who attend the daycare facility as to the proper care of their loved ones. 

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A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life


Residents are divided into small, manageable groups according to their mental age and physical ability. Each group has its own caregiver who acts as a house-parent, taking care of each individual’s specific needs.

Disabled children require constant care and specialised stimulation, both physically and mentally. At Elim Home, these needs are met not only by the caregivers in charge of each group but also by a part-time physiotherapist and a full-time occupational therapist.

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Occupational therapy is an essential part of the rehabilitation process in any home for intellectually and physically disabled persons. Besides learning basic life skills, cognitive development is also improved, enabling children to gain independence in other basic tasks. 

The Physiotherapy programme, in which patients are exercised with passive movement and stretching, helps prevent contractures and increases mobility.



Elim Home needs your help.

Building, repairs and maintenance are an ongoing project and there are many other small duties that the public can lend a hand with. Please call Elim Home and speak to Sister Cunningham for further details.

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Banking Details

Banking Details

Remember, no donation is too small and every cent counts. Elim Home thanks you.


Elim Tehuis
Nedbank Bredasdorp 
Branch Code: 12514280
Electronic Bank Code: 198765
Swift Code: NEDSZAJJ
1 Van Riebeeck Street



“Only special people can do this special job.” - Sister Lesinda Cunningham

A special mention of thanks goes to:

  • Moravian Church Foundation
  • Zeist Zending Genootschap
  • British Moravian Board
  • Church of Hessen & Nassau
  • Evangelisches Mission Work in Solidarity 
  • Moravian Churches South Africa
  • Moravian Churches in Germany
  • Moravian Churches Netherlands 
  • Kinderfonds MAMAS
  • Kirstenbosch Rotary Club  
  • Bredasdorp Rotary Club  
  • Gansbaai Lions Club
  • Bredasdorp Lions Club
  • Overberg Lime Works
  • Rotary Anns
  • Inner Wheels 
  • Overberg Kwilters Gilde
  • Cashfocus Aquino
  • Step Children Motorcycle Club
  • Parents
  • Volunteers and their Families 
  • Adoption Plan Supporters
  • Friends in South Africa
  • Friends in Germany
  • Friends in Switzerland 
  • Department of Social Development 
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning 
  • Pick ‘n Pay
  • Trustees
  • Woolworths Golf Society
  • Kirchheim Confirmed 
  • Broers - Vereniging
  • Susters - Vereniging



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