Little Eden


Society for the Care of Persons with Mental Handicap.

Thirty eight years ago, when Matthew was born with Down Syndrome, LITTLE EDEN was struggling to secure permanent premises.


There was no place for Matthew. But the founders, Domitilla and Danny Hyams, didn’t hesitate.

The Story Behind It

They took the five-day old baby into their home and loved and nurtured him as if he were their own, until he was old enough to live independently at Elvira Rota Village.

At LITTLE EDEN, we believe that no matter how profoundly disabled a person may be, he or she is still a whole complete being, with a body; a mind; a spirit and a soul.                                      

Our special children may not experience the world in the same way that we do, but they have so much to teach us! From them we learn about the power of the human spirit, the joy to be found in simple achievements, the satisfaction of caring for those who are weaker than ourselves, love that seeks no reward.

LITTLE EDEN caters for people with profound intellectual disability – those who are classified as uneducable – of all races and creeds. Priority is given to those who have been abandoned or abused, or who come from severely disadvantaged backgrounds.

Once accepted into the LITTLE EDEN family, they remain with us for life.