Jacqui was born and raised in Johannesburg, South-Africa. In the early 1990s she attended Africa School of Missions (ASM) in White River where she also trained as a nurse. Jacqui served in Mozambique as a medical missionary from 1995 working as a nurse and midwife at a mission for orphaned children.
Jacqui returned to White River RSA in 2012 with two adopted Mozambican children, twins Daniel and Esther. She continued her missionary service at ASM clinic. In 2013 she started a soup kitchen for the elderly in a local informal settlement called Msholozi township. In 2016 Jacqui established El Roi Ministries. Together with ASM clinic and Pro-Vision International she founded a Primary Health Care clinic in that impoverished community.
The El Roi/ASM Clinic serves up to one hundred patients a day with Jacqui and her team of fourteen volunteer nurses and helpers.
The clinic ministers to the poorest of the poor. Mostly undocumented persons. They have no birth certificate or identity documentation. For that reason, they are unable to get treatment at government clinics or hospitals.
The clinic operates out of a church. The rooms are unsuitable. A tent has to be erected every clinic day. However, with donor help a small stand in the centre of Msholozi township has been purchased. The critical next step is to place three shipping containers converted into clinic facilities on site, as permanent premises.
Funds to cover the conversion of two of the three containers @ R32000 each
Purchase of medicines. Augmenting shortfall in committed monthly funding R4500
Additional food parcels for those in desperate need R2000/month
Vehicle maintenance R1200/month
Financial support for staff R6600/month
The clinic patients comprise mostly of the elderly, young mothers with small children, and pregnant women.
Pre- and post-natal treatment, monitoring and counselling is given. Dietary advice and nutritional teaching, together with the provision of food parcels are a regular service. Malnutrition is prevalent.
AIDS and COVID testing and treatment is provided. Malaria sufferers receive care. Recently cases of leprosy and bilharzia were diagnosed. All receive the necessary ongoing treatment.
A recent visitor to the clinic commented, “You are not just providing primary health care, – you are healing the nation!”