New kids’ shop for needy orphans

2016-01-19 06:00

A secondhand baby and toddler shop has opened in Fish Hoek – but this is one with a difference. All the income made at the Naomi’s Joy shop will go towards finding “forever families” for orphaned or abandoned children.

Only a year old, Naomi’s Joy is an organisation which cares for abandoned and orphaned children until they are adopted. It helps families get accredited as care families for these children, and will soon have four families accredited and trained to care such children. The organisation’s first adoption is currently in progress.

While setting up the organisation, founder Jane Stephenson realised a source of funding was needed to support her work.

“We realised everything costs money and we saw needs in our community. Often children are removed from abusive situations with nothing. We began to brainstorm how we could help the department of social development and decided to put together packs that could be collected from us and taken with the children to their new places of safety,” she says.

The shop is also a resource centre for the care families to be supported with clothing, prams and cots, Stephenson says.

“As these are used, they will be returned on a library system. However, the shop is also open for anyone,” she says.

The proceeds will go towards the day-to-day cost of Naomi’s Joy, as well as looking after the organisation’s babies.

“A child may need special medical care and we could be able to support those costs. We also have some community projects in mind that include job-creation projects. We would like to contribute to other like-minded organisations and are looking at ongoing care for those who do not get adopted,” she says.

V For more information visit www.naomisjoy.co.za or Naomi’s Joy at 4A Green Parrot Place, Recreation Road.

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