New mom juggles life, and offers hope

2016-09-20 06:00
Photo: Kalisha Naicker Melissa Scheepers manages to juggle her family, career and run a charitable foundation.

Photo: Kalisha Naicker Melissa Scheepers manages to juggle her family, career and run a charitable foundation.

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IF you are a new mother finding the time to help others probably seems impossible. However, Melissa Scheepers, mother to a six-month-old baby­ girl, manages to juggle her family, career and run a charitable foundation “Hope Through Giving Foundation” that she formed to help moms in need.

“I am a full-time graphic designer, facilitator, counsellor and charity worker. I work alongside a friend Ms Antigone, who is also passionate about helping moms in need. Together we have teamed up to do what we can with what we have,” she said.

Scheepers helps mothers-to-be who do not have money or, due to circumstances, cannot afford to get their soon-to-be-born baby the essentials it will need.

“We help them with the basic knowledge they will need to begin their journey of motherhood. If they need further assistant and help we refer­ them to the appropriate people or organisations.

“I started doing this because I know how expensive things are especially, baby goodies. It’s not just that, I started because women who are about to have a baby need the best support they can get.”

However, her focus is on the mother-to-be and her baby or babies.

“So getting her essentials for baby and herself after the birth is vital. The reason being is because these goodies amount to a lot of money, which puts pressure on the mother, and [indirectly­] baby­.”

Scheepers, friends and donors put together a love bag which includes nappies, baby clothes, toiletries, blankets, towels, baby bottles, wet wipes, Vaseline, dummies, toys, baby food (Purity 1, 2, 3 and baby cereal), baby medication (Panado, nystacid, teething gel, etc.) and toiletries, including maternity pads.

“We rely on people to donate what they can, and if they buy goodies to donate­, that is perfect. The need is so great in KwaZulu-Natal that I realise we are going to struggle if we do not grow our volunteer and sponsorship base,” said Scheepers.

She said her dream for the foundation is to give to mothers in need - be it baby and/or mom goodies, know-ledge and teaching, time, love, help and support, and to show them that they are supported and not going through motherhood alone.

“Open your heart and empathise with these moms and families in need.
“We don’t always know what goes on in others’ lives, but we can help them along the way. The gift of giving is far more than just material - it’s showing someone you care and that they are worthy.”
For more information log on Facebook or to sponsor or volunteer, WhatsApp or call 071 679 2676.

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