Hope for abandoned babies

2016-08-09 06:00
PHOTOS: supplied A Likhon iThemba child teaches the other how to ride a tricycle.

PHOTOS: supplied A Likhon iThemba child teaches the other how to ride a tricycle.

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LIKHON iThemba, a non-profit-organisation, believes that every child has potential no matter their background, where they come from or what they have been through.
Likhon iThemba spokesperson Kim Brown said: “We are passionate about improving the lives of vulnerable children in South Africa and giving them a head-start.

“We are dedicated to providing a safe and loving family environment for those who have no one. We are committed to ensuring that every child feels safe and secure and that their needs are met. We believe that children should be part of a family, they should feel secure, loved, never go hungry and have access to medical care.”

The organisation has a “baby house” called Holah Baby House, a place of safety that provides care for up to six babies.
“We have been registered since June 2012 and have cared for 32 babies so far. We look after the babies until suitable adoptive families are found or until they are reunited with their biological family if the circumstances are right. We have dedicated our time to working with child welfare organisations to ensure these babies are well cared for.”

Likhon iThemba has a branch called “Bowl of Plenty”, which collects food donations and distributes them to needy families in Durban, the South Coast and to rural areas.
“We serve an underfunded NPO home called Ikhayalethu’, in Nzimakwe­, which serves 46 cerebral palsy children. They receive no funding other than child grants. We assist another NPO project, Vuku Zithathe Project, which cares for over 60 orphaned and abandoned and at-risk children in Gamalakhe. We also feed 18 children in a crèche in Manzamhlope where we hope to build a homework centre.

“We have been fortunate to get regular donations of bananas from many local farmers, but welcome primarily, any and all food items, and if possible, clothing, school stationery and wheelchairs to assist us in making an impact in these forgotten rural areas.”

“Butterfly Effect Baby Cottage” is a new project, a “baby house” on the South Coast.

“This home is in Ramsgate and will be a respite centre for disabled children in the system who have become weak, sickly and undernourished and we aim to build them up and make them strong and healthy before going back into the system.

“We don’t believe in begging for money or expecting it, we hold fund-raisers to give our supporters something for their money. When we receive corporate funding or sponsorship for events, we ensure that those sponsors are given maximum exposure and connect them with organisations whose families are interested in adopting a special-needs child.

Likhon iThemba’s wish is to work with hospital social workers to get abandoned children and babies in hospitals into a family environment.
For more information, contact 083 232 5501.

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