We opened our first home in Roodepoort in 2002 and by 2003 it was filled to capacity. To create space we began identifying and placing children with adoptive and foster families.
But not all babies are “adoptable.” Some are part of police investigations. Some biological parents refuse to allow their children to be adopted. As these parents are not capable or allowed to care for their children, the children have no other options but to remain with Baby Moses.
Merle Street 1
In our country where poverty goes hand in hand with alcohol and drug abuse, sexual abuse of young children is also on the rise. It is terrible that our youngest girl in this home for traumatised girls, is only 18 months old. Usually the abuser is a close family member or friend of the family and prosecution often unsuccessful due to various reasons.
Merle Street 2
The baby home is currently being renovated and admissions will only commence once a commitment is secured for the operational costs of this project. Six to ten abandoned, abused or orphaned babies can be cared for in this home. Here they receive immediate medical care and illnesses like hepatitis, kwashiorkor, tuberculosis, scabies, HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases are identified and treated. The aim for our little ones is to be adopted or fostered, but finding families willing to take in babies with HIV or mental disabilities often proof to be unsuccessful. They will then become permanent residents.
Dion Street Home
Here we care for 10 very special children. All are permanent residents, one who have been admitted as a baby only a few hours old. Others are HIV positive or mentally disabled. They are all cared for exceptional love and compassion.
Between 25 to 30 orphans are cared for in this rural home that is situated close to the towns of Lichtenburg and Mafikeng in the North West province of South Africa.
Because of the lack of infrastructure, this home does not have indoor plumbing. Water is fetched from a tap 15 meters from the house and the children use 2 pit toilets. In summer food is cooked on a paraffin stove or open fire and in winter on the coal stove in the kitchen.
The children vary from newborn to teenagers and are lovingly cared for by a housemother who is assisted by her daughter.
We also support two child headed households in the village and a 94 year old granny who also has 2 orphans in her care.
Children who are identified by social workers as living in extreme poverty can become part of the Baby Moses family (receiving food, toiletries, medical attention, school stationary, clothes, furniture etc.) without living in a Baby Moses home.
Instead of being institutionalized because their parents are no longer around, the children are supported and allowed to reside with extended family members in the home environment they are accustomed to.