Completed Projects


The NJCH has 80 children and 40 children are properly housed in a residential house built out of recycled shipping container and we are looking for sponsorship to build a residential facility to house the remaining 40 children presently housed in a cramped garage that has been converted into a dormitory with no sanitation. The cost for the building of the residential facility is R3 000 000 – 00. Your support to provide these children with a habitable home with proper sanitation and loving house parents to live with will truly restore their self esteem, dignity and privacy

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The core tenets of permaculture are

Care for the earth: Provision for all life systems to continue and multiply. This is the first principle, because without a healthy earth, humans cannot flourish.

Care for the people: Provision for people to access those resources necessary for their existence. Return of surplus: Reinvesting surpluses back into the system to provide for the first two ethics. This

includes returning waste back into the system to recycle into usefulness.

Permaculture design emphasizes patterns of landscape, function, and species assemblies. It determines where these elements should be placed so they can provide maximum benefit to the local environment. The central concept of permaculture is maximizing useful connections between components and synergy of the final design. The focus of permaculture, therefore, is not on each separate element, but rather on the relationships created among elements by the way they are placed together; the whole becoming greater than the sum of its parts. Permaculture design therefore seeks to minimize waste, human labor, and energy input by building systems with maximal benefits between design elements to achieve a high level of synergy. Permaculture designs evolve over time by taking into account these relationships and elements and can become extremely complex systems that produce a high density of food and materials with minimal input.

The design principles which are the conceptual foundation of permaculture were derived from the science of systems ecology and study of pre-industrial examples of sustainable land use. Permaculture draws from several disciplines including organic farming, agroforestry, integrated farming, sustainable development, and applied ecology. Permaculture has been applied most commonly to the design of housing and landscaping, integrating techniques such as agroforestry, natural building, and rainwater harvesting within the context of permaculture design principles and theory.

Twelve design principles

New Jerusalem Children’s Home has designed it’s in line with the twelve Permaculture design principles articulated by David Holmgren in his Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability:

  1. Observe and interact: By taking time to engage with nature we can design solutions that suit our particular situation.
  2. Catch and store energy: By developing systems that collect resources at peak abundance, we can use them in times of need.
  3. Obtain a yield: Ensure that you are getting truly useful rewards as part of the work that you are doing.
  4. Apply self-regulation and accept feedback: We need to discourage inappropriate activity to ensure that systems can continue to function well.
  5. Use and value renewable resources and services: Make the best use of nature’s abundance to reduce our consumptive behavior and dependence on non-renewable resources.
  6. Produce no waste: By valuing and making use of all the resources that are available to us, nothing goes to waste.
  7. Design from patterns to details: By stepping back, we can observe patterns in nature and society. These can form the backbone of our designs, with the details filled in as we go.
  8. Integrate rather than segregate: By putting the right things in the right place, relationships develop between those things and they work together to support each other.
  9. Use small and slow solutions: Small and slow systems are easier to maintain than big ones, making better use of local resources and producing more sustainable outcomes.

10. Use and value diversity: Diversity reduces vulnerability to a variety of threats and takes advantage of the unique nature of the environment in which it resides.

11. Use edges and value the marginal: The interface between things is where the most interesting events take place. These are often the most valuable, diverse and productive elements in the system.

12. Creatively use and respond to change: We can have a positive impact on inevitable change by carefully observing, and then intervening at the right time.


Orange Babies Montessori Pre-School was established in 2009 by New Jerusalem Children’s Home “NJCH” with aim of addressing early child developments of the orphaned, abandoned, abused, traumatized, vulnerable and HIV positive children in NJCH residential care.

Pre-School is offering a learning/development program based on the teaching principles of Dr. Maria Montessori to children of New Jerusalem Children’s Home and children from surrounding communities.

Montessori Pre-School follows a modified learning/development program, facilitate and create opportunities for learning and development which are carefully matched to the individual child’s needs, interests and developmental levels. The Montessori method also fosters independent decision making and the universal values that are instilled through the Montessori program are self-worth, respect, kindness, peacefulness, helpfulness, honour, individual responsibility and acceptance of the uniqueness and dignity of each individual.

Orange Babies Montessori Pre-School programs:

  • Practical life exercises
  • Culture
  • Sensorial exercises
  • Art
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Language
  • Sports
  • Geography
  • Outdoor activities
  • Botany
  • Excursions

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    In every home there is a skill and potential, in 2013 New Jerusalem Children’s Home saw a need to generate income through the available baking skill in the home and opened a bakery.

    The bakery also came to play a role in bread cost cutting for the home, over 6 months of its establishment it penetrated into the bread distribution market with 320 loafs baked a day and generating income to address minor needs of the organisation and more market still to be touched.

    Our mission with the bakery is to transfer baking stills to our children while being the best bakery in our communities suppling freshly produce in the market.

    Vision of the bakery being to have it as a sustainable project of the home and financial supporting New Jerusalem Children’s Home while giving life skill to children and supplying cost effective quality products.

    Our bakery specialized products

    • Bread
    • Tiger bread
    • Scones
    • Biscuits
    • Rolls (hot dog/round rolls)
    • School buns
    • Fruit loafs
    • Cup-cakes
    • Muffins

    Bakery wishes

    New Jerusalem Children’s Home through its bakery wishes to supply freshly baked produced to communities in and outside Greater Midrand, we further wish to support our local/school feeding scheme’s and communities with any of our produced at an affordable price with the spirit of botho/Ubuntu at heart, while ensuring sustainability of New Jerusalem Children’s Home.

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    In 2013 New Jerusalem Children’s Home continued its eco-friendly footprint and utilization of natural resources, this time around it looked at a life need, water. you will remember that the completion of the Green House saw an integration of a Bio Box (water effluent treatment for the homes grey water) in this year the organisation focused on a borehole.

    The borehole had been a vital need of the home to help alleviate its utility cost as experienced through water consumption. With a 10 000 Litter tank and two quality pumps NJCH can now boast of uninterrupted water supply at a minimal cost to its entire premises.


    The borehole project was conceptualized with an eye towards careful water management and renewable water supply thus helping to reduce the organization’s eco footprint on the environment. With this project completed the organization now has ample water for all its needs ranging from supplying the school on its premises, to the residential quarters for the homes children, to its irrigation and various water needs.


    Pi Lab (Computer laboratory) was established in December 2013 by two young dynamic partners with a knack for technology. As part of New Jerusalem Children’s Home skills transference initiative, it singled out IT skills as one of the most influential qualities that could make a difference in children’s lives as they proceed into the work space.

    The Pi Lab is a dynamic, design-based learning project that enables young people to develop and explore new technologies in a “fail-friendly” environment. Our 12-month accelerated learning program offers opportunities to:

    • Learn fundamentals of computer coding
    • Apply their newfound knowledge to build working web and mobile applications
    • Explore hardware development through simple Raspberry-Pi based robotics projects
    • Discover how to apply existing online tools and technologies to bring positive social change in their communities

    Our facilities have been carefully set up to combine cost effective technology to delivering effective and progressive results for child-in-IT. Click here to see PiLab Africa