THE GREAT NEED
by Sandy Dacombe Ferrar.
An absorbing record of the dedication and bravery of a handful of nuns, from the School Sisters of St Francis who, on arrival to a dilapidated farm mission near Barberton, in South Africa, found to their deep consternation that they were faced with an almost insurmountable challenge. From providing a safe boarding hostel for school children, developing and managing a Care Centre for terminally ill Aids patients and a home for orphans, whilst understanding a new language and culture, learning how to live with death around them, and yet maintain their faith and humour, they achieved the almost impossible. Sandy Dacombe Ferrar has written a compassionate and candid account of 30 years dedication by these women of St John’s Care Centre.
This is a disturbing book in that it makes us aware of the hardships and stigma of living with HIV/Aids, though decades of education have helped to partially remove this stigma, and the effects of politics, government education policy and bureaucracy. Very readable and well written Dacombe Ferrar also pays homage to the many people who, even in a small way, helped where they could, and the resilience of the human spirit.
ISBN 9781654392895 Published by Sandy Dacombe, available through Amazon, Loot, Takealot and directly from the author.