Here they will be safe

2016-12-20 06:01
Janine and Dion Fabe. PHOTO: Samantha lee

Janine and Dion Fabe. PHOTO: Samantha lee

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After seeing the impact that being an orphan had on her father, she had a burning desire to make a difference in children’s lives.

Janine Fabe, recently left her corporate life after feeling she needed to do more for children. It took six months, but she is now an official safety and emergency parent and works closely with local social services.

Hannah’s Place of Safety, is named after her 9-year-old daughter, who she and her husband Dion adopted. “I volunteered at an orphanage for many years and one day this baby came in. I asked what her name was and they told me she did not have one. I decided I would wash her and spend time with her. We just had a great bond,” she says.

Hannah was found abandoned and was not in good health. She had with her a clinic card, but her family could not be located.

Already in the process of adopting a child in Wellington, Janine felt strongly that she needed to change her plans and adopt Hannah.

She decided to become a safety parent to help children who come from difficult backgrounds. “I want to help make them adoptable,” says Janine.

“It was always a burden in my heart and I spoke to Dion about it. He asked me to wait but one day I just could not wait any longer and I handed in my resignation,” she says.

It took two months before the first child was placed in her care and she has since took four children aged between three weeks and nine years old.

She says it is a family initiative, with everyone helping. “The family works together, because they know the reward.”

Two of the children have since been placed in permanent homes. “The goal is to get them adopted or fostered within three months because I don’t want them to go to an orphanage.”

Janine urges others to also become safety or foster parents, but says it must be done for the right reasons – their reason being love. “There is no money in this and we never ask for money, we would rather accept donations of food and clothing and other items they may need. And if we have a lot, we share,” she says.

She shows no signs of slowing down and says: “I plan to do this forever.”

Hannah’s Place can accommodate six children up to the age of 10.

Janine says they accept any donations. Some of their needs include porridge, yoghurts, noodles, preserves, non-perishables, toiletries and washing powder and also clothing, any sizes between 0 and 10.

V If you would like to donate anything, visit Hannah’s Place of Safety on Facebook or call Janine on 082 214 8330.

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