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Amor House


Amor House developed from the original home for unmarried mothers, namely Susanna Coetzee-home. The “Women’s Christian Temperance Union” started the accommodation and caretaking of women that were released from prison and were homeless shortly after the Anglo Boer-War.

The first financial aid for this cause came from the three Free State branches of the WCTU of Bloemfontein, Kroonstad and Harrismith.

During 1908 and 1909 there was a growing involvement and support from other females. In March 1909 a rescue house was started at 13 Reitz Street, Bloemfontein. The project was launched by Christians with faith without any subsidy from government. The first matron was Miss. Marais and the first occupants were women from the prison with their babies. The aim was to accommodate the women and then be able to convert them.

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