Thorntree House - residence for Intellectually Disabled

In 1992, Esme Prinsloo, a housewife, mother of three, and owner of Lollapot Creche, became involved with disabled children when she saw Arnold at Cotlands, Turffontein. She was a volunteer there at the time and Arnold was CP(Athetoid) due to a near drowning accident. He was 14 months old and his developmental age was only 6 weeks. She immediately applied to have him placed with her in Foster Care. He is still in her care, now already aged 29.

Esme is registered with Department Social Development, and CMR. In 2008 she volunteered at Cresset House (Residential Care for Adults with Autism) and Lethabo le Khusto (Residential Care for Adults with Autism.

Currently she has 2 CP children in her care a 4 year old profoundly handicapped Hypotonic level 5 CP baby (abandoned at birth), a  4 year old little boy with Spastic  level 2 CP who is also deaf and blind and a four year old CP girl who was also abandoned at birth. We also care for three young girls aged 11 to 13 years.


Aberdeen is a small town some 55 km south-west of Graaff-Reinet, 155 km east-south-east of Beaufort West, 32 km south of the Camdeboo Mountains. Laid out on the farm Brakkefontein as a settlement of the Dutch Reformed Church in 1856, it became a municipality in 1858. It is named after Aberdeen in Scotland, birthplace of the Reverend Andrew Murray of Graaff-Reinet, relieving minister.



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