Imagine being 14 days old and being dumped in a container, left all alone to fend for yourself on the streets of Johannesburg. In 2007 Pastor Bertha Spies sat down with a young man who could not cope with day to day life, this traumatic ordeal was his horror experience. It was precisely from this counselling session that the vision of a home, which could care for abandoned, neglected, unwanted and abused babies was born. EL-Shammah Home for Abandoned Babies was born on the 13th of May 2009.
Striving to rehabilitate precious gems, EL-Shammah Home for Abandoned Babies caters for 0-18 month old infants. The facility takes great pride in their various programs and methods for bringing babies out of shock and back to a loving and caring environment. One such program that the facility offers is Playful Therapy. Once a primary caregiver abandons or abuses a young infant, the reflection of one’s self is compromised. The development of self-imagery happens from early childhood and it is how the child will ultimately place in the world. By rehabilitating the baby with love and associating people with good virtues and positive natures the infant slowly learns to trust again; in a happy, playful environment.
Like any parents’ pocket, raising children costs a pretty penny. EL-Shammah Home for Abandoned Babies has received a helping hand from the public. Featured on Jacaranda FM and the television show ‘In Jou Skoene’, in an overwhelming display of support the community has raised a whopping R850 000. These funds are dedicated to the purchase of the property, which the facility currently operates out of. The public pushed even further and an additional R100 000 was raised, which will be used for upgrades in and around the facility itself.
The team here at PRIO Communications and Digital Marketing have a special spot in our hearts for the EL-Shammah Home for Abandoned Babies. In conjunction with our adopted charity, The Michael John Connor Institute, we have pledged R10 000 which will go towards baby equipment and other vital accessories needed to raise these bundles of joy. Michael John Connor was a baby boy who was abused by his mother and father at the tender ages of three and four months, sustaining injuries that resulted in brain damage, spastic cerebral palsy and blindness. “Baby Michael” passed away at the age of 8 years.
EL-Shammah can accommodate up to 18 babies; however, with limited equipment and staff the home currently cares for 11 precious baby boys and baby girls. 11 lives are in better hands because of your backing and earnest kindness. Caring for children is a full-time job that requires ongoing support. We urge you to get involved and continue fostering a better world for our youth; putting an end to abused babies’ stories.
Written by: PRIO Communications and Digital Marketing