Charity Number: 2011/004180/08 - NPO Number: 126-228 - PBO Number: 930043067 021 910 1578 info@iris-house.org

Our parents share their heartfelt stories about their children  across the Western Cape who are unlikely to reach adulthood, or ever be able to live life unassisted. Families caring for these children – often 24 hours a day, seven days a week – are under enormous emotional, physical and financial strain. These are ordinary people leading extraordinary lives.

Click the links below to read their stories:

Nomaindia and Esona

A mother of four, Nomaindia embodies strength, courage and perseverance. The story of Her strength and vigour although superhuman, is not unique, it is commonly shared by all mother’s,parents and families of children with disabilities. Her story started with concerns...

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Mathew Smith

Mathews Story… My journey with Mathew started when he was two years old when a paediatrician said he was PDD-NOS. No explanation and no details at all on what it is and what I should do. At a later stage, I tried to get details myself and found out it was Autism. I...

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Michael Rademeyer

A mother of four, Nomaindia embodies strength, courage and perseverance. The story of Her strength and vigour although superhuman, is not unique, it is commonly shared by all mother’s,parents and families of children with disabilities. Her story started with concerns...

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Ruan Belcher

Mathews Story… My journey with Mathew started when he was two years old when a paediatrician said he was PDD-NOS. No explanation and no details at all on what it is and what I should do. At a later stage, I tried to get details myself and found out it was Autism. I...

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Our parents are encourage to join Life Coach Marina de Freitas, an Iris House Mom for FREE life coaching sessions

“My name is Marina de Freitas. I’m one of the moms in Iris House. I’m also a certified Life Coach. I believe  I’ve been through a long and very exciting journey myself because of my child and would really love to give back what I’ve gained. 

My niches are Parents of special needs kids and People who struggle with addictions, but I also do Life Coaching on general topics.

So if you feel that…

  • you are stuck somewhere in your life 
  • If you can’t except your child as they are.
  • you can’t cope with life on life’s terms
  • or may be you just have a goal you would like to achieve and need someone to help you in this journey

We can discuss it and make up a action plan on how to achieve whatever is bothering you at the money.

… I am ready to volunteer to help you)

I’ve been through all of this myself, and I understand how tough it is for you. But if you’ll understand that it’s not what happens to us that effects us but how we perceive it, then you’ll realize that there is always a choice in how we live our life…

My name is Marina de Freitas. I’m one of the moms in Iris House. I’m also a certified Life Coach. I believe  I’ve been through a long and very exciting journey myself because of my child and would really love to give back what I’ve gained. 

My niches are Parents of special needs kids and People who struggle with addictions, but I also do Life Coaching on general topics.

So if you feel that…

  • you are stuck somewhere in your life 
  • If you can’t except your child as they are.
  • you can’t cope with life on life’s terms
  • or may be you just have a goal you would like to achieve and need someone to help you in this journey

We can discuss it and make up a action plan on how to achieve whatever is bothering you at the money.

… I am ready to volunteer to help you)

I’ve been through all of this myself, and I understand how tough it is for you. But if you’ll understand that it’s not what happens to us that effects us but how we perceive it, then you’ll realize that there is always a choice in how we live our life…

You can contact Marina by email  OR contact our office 021 910 1578 to set up an appointment