In the early 1900’s a terrible influenza epidemic swept through a beautiful part of the world called the Western Cape of Southern Africa, leaving large numbers of children orphaned & in desperate need.
Groups of starving children would congregate at St Paul’s Church on Bree Street, where they were offered food on the steps of the church by the priest Reverend Sidney Warren Lavis. The street became known as Orphan Street.
The enthusiastic Rector campaigned to set up one of the first children’s homes ~ an orphanage for boys ~ which finally opened its doors in 1919 in an old farm house at the foot of table mountain.
Still going strong in today’s topsy-turvy world, known as the St Francis Children's home in Athlone, this extraordinary home cares for around 45 little boys in need from the age of 3 upwards.
ORPHANAGE are proud & staunch supporters of the St Francis Children’s Home that we are honored to derive our quirky name & rich heritage from...because our type of tom-foolery has a social conscience.
in march 2012 orphanage opened a cocktail emporium on the corners of orphan & bree street which, donated over R154,000 to the St Francis Children's Home (to end 2015 so far...). exciting plans are afoot for 2016 and beyond.
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