Derrick & Di Darlow
16 January 1954 – 15 September 2021
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of the founder and the man who was instrumental in making Jerusalem Ministeries what it is today, Derrick Darlow.
You have paved the way for so many others and have lead by example. You may have left us behind here on earth but you have a place prepared for you alongside our Father above.
Go in peace faithful servant and rest easy knowing that we will carry on your legacy.
Until we meet again… Farewell!
Our prayers are with Diane, Jenny, David and Andrew at this time, as well as everyone at Jerusalem Ministries
In 1995 Di and Derrick recognised a great need in the community of Port Elizabeth among men who had become addicted to alcohol or drugs. Men who had lost everything and were living on the streets. These men had typically given up hope and could see no way out of their predicament.
They founded Jerusalem Ministries (JM) to help disassociated men to rejoin society as productive members. The process continues successfully. Rehabilitating addicts, providing psycho-social counsel, on the job training and work, in disciplined living and accountability. The men refer to their newfound dignity and home as Restoration.
Additionally, Di and Derrick put their personal resources into establishing the Human Dignity Centre (HDC) on four hectares of land close to Walmer township, a huge underprivileged community in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. A primary school functions from the HDC teaching children from the poorest families up to Grade 3 level. An adult skills training centre runs from the centre. Community feeding projects serve the very poor.
Restoration operates out of a large double storied building, known as White Lodge, near the city centre. Twenty three adult men are accommodated.
The men are mentored and their progress monitored as they are rehabilitated. When the authorities are satisfied that they are ready, the men are found work. They continue to live at White Lodge until they are strong and stable. Part of their earnings contribute to the cost of running the Lodge. A sense of belonging and family develops.
The rehabilitation success rate is sustained at ninety four percent.
Isibindi safety and after school supervisor monthly wages R19600
White Lodge running costs not covered by present income R28400
HDC and teachers wages not met by current monthly income R35600
The primary school at the Human Dignity Centre serves one hundred and five children in age from three to ten years. Classes are taught and the children are provided a wholesome meal each day. These children would have no other resource were it not for the Human Dignity Centre. All are from poor single parent families.
Skills training for unemployed women takes place at the HDC for individuals who cannot find work due to lack of skill. Items produced by the women are sold for the benefit of the individual.
An after school Safe Play and Homework open area is monitored in Walmer township providing security for young single parent children. This is known as Isibindi.