El-Shammah Home for Abandoned Babies and Place of Safety (herein after referred as ‘the home’ is a NON Profit Organization (NPO) duly registered under registration number NPO 066-870.
The Home is situated at 5 Carnation Street, Primrose Germiston, Gauteng, South Africa and was officially opened on 13 May 2009.
The main objective and vision of the home is to care for Abandoned and Unwanted Babies from nu-born until approximately 12 months as a place of safety.
At full capacity the three bedroom Home can accommodate 18 babies in the age groups of nu-born- 6 months, 7-12 months and 12-18 months respectively. The home is a community project caring for babies of all races. At least 99% of the babies at the Home are black South African Babies.
The past two and a half years posed the great need for this facility in the surrounding communities as babies are regularly brought into the Home by the South African Police Service (SAPS) and various Social Workers and Child Welfare organizations.
As a Non Profit Organization the Home fully depends on public donations to keep its doors open and deliver the specialized service to precious needy children. Sometimes it is not easy due to limited financial means which constrains the effective operation and vision of the home.
As we are a small organisation with big ambitions, we are always looking for enthusiastic and committed volunteers to assist us. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available, ranging from office support, data capturing,marketing, assisting at events, providing lifts, fundraising, being an aunty or uncle to our children and many more. If you are interested in volunteering please complete the volunteer form and email it back to us on firstname.lastname@example.org . We run volunteer induction days once a month on a Friday afternoon. Please contact us to find out when the next induction is. To protect the children in our care and to provide for them as best as possible we have the following requirements that must be met by volunteers before volunteering with El-Shammah Home:
- Must be over 18 years of age, volunteers between the ages of 16 and 18 may volunteer but must always be accompanied by an adult (i.e. parent, teacher etc.)
- Complete a volunteer application form and ideally provide your CV Obtain a police clearance certificate
- We will use one of your certified copies of your ID to apply for verification from the Department of Social Development that your name does not appear on the Sexual offenders register
- Attend a volunteer induction day and informal interview with either Merencia or Allistair
- We may not always have capacity for volunteers in your area of interest, but please do stay in regular contact to see what is available at that time.
What You Can Do
DONATE YOUR UNWANTED GOODS
We can accept almost anything you no longer want and make good use of it – clothing, furniture, appliances, shoes, glassware… anything. Donations are first screened to see if they can be used in our foster home or to assist the Mothers that we help. We collect – please submit a contact form with your Name, phone number, address, items to be collected and time availability – we will phone you to confirm when we will next be in your area to collect.
ATTEND OUR EVENTS
We’ll keep you updated here for any new events!
3500 children are orphaned or abandoned every year in South Africa. We are eagerly looking for more South African families to adopt children who need a loving and stable home. This is certainly not a decision to be made lightly, but if you are seriously considering adoption, please contact one of our two Adoption Agencies:
Catholic Women’s League on
+27 11 618 1533
Impilo Adoptions on
+27 11 640 1343
Please note: Adoptions need to be processed through a statutory social worker with a registered Child Protection Agency.
El-Shammah Home are therefore unable to assist directly.
Adopt A Cot
Around 3,500 children are abandoned in South Africa annually. News of yet another child found dead or left in a precarious position elicits strong public condemnation and emotion. Public consensus on the issue of child abandonment generally provokes a knee-jerk response to blame and demonise mothers. But despite our deeply felt beliefs, research has indicated that while abandonment affects individuals, it is often as a result of wider socio-economic factors.
El-Shammah has overcome many battles, however it is now experiencing one of the most testing and challenging times of all. Due to inflation the price of food, fuel, nappies and baby formula has increased significantly therefore the organisation needs an additional R 25 000 per month to cover its running costs.
We are grateful for every large financial donation that we receive, but equally vital are the smaller monthly donations. Your drop combined with
another’s, and another’s creates a steady stream, our ocean!
We value being accountable and trustworthy with every cent, and will share with you how your investment goes a long way in transforming lives. Our financial reports (audited annually) are available for your perusal.
We would like to call upon all who live and work in South Africa, to contribute to our invaluable cause, which is to love and care for unwanted and abandoned babies placed in our care by the courts. The goal is to have 100 people donate R250 per month towards this worthy cause.
A 18A Donation receipt is available for all donations made to the Home
An Educare for our Babies
South Africa has set itself the ambitious target of achieving universal and equitable early childhood development (ECD) by 2030, with plans to provide every child up to five years of age with a minimum of two years of pre-primary school exposure before they enter basic schooling.
As the foundation phase in the education value chain, ECD has been found to deliver lasting benefit to pupils, particularly the poor and disadvantaged. Research shows that pupils with sufficient exposure to ECD have better attainment levels and cognitive abilities, and that the return on investment in ECD programmes can far exceed that of economic development projects.
El-Shammah would like to educate the babies for the duration of their stay at the Home. We believe in developing a young baby’s mind by:
- Interacting with them in our play area
- Talking to them
- Allowing them to explore with different textures
- Playing with blocks
- Playing hide and seek
But all of this is simply not enough…Please help us in Educating our babies with a formal ECD Centre by donating R500.00 pm for 12 months.
Youth Life Skills Camps
El-Shammah Home For Abandoned Babies would like to change the mindset of young people, to show them that there’s more to life than intercourse and also to highlight the effects of abandonment. We will do this by offering life skills camps to various secondary schools in disadvantaged communities because research has shown that ‘blessors’ seem to target young ladies from these areas and lure them with promises of a good life, gifts and money.
Our goal is to teach life skills and create awareness of the plight of the abandoned baby to four hundred scholars during 2018 but we need R 2 024 400.00 to make this a reality.
We change the life of Those
who have no Hope
The adoption process In South Africa, the only way in which you can legally adopt a child is by working through an accredited adoption agency, or with the assistance of an adoption social worker functioning within the statutory accredited adoption system.When working through an adoption agency, the process usually starts with the prospective adoptive parents submitting an application to the agency. Each agency has its own set of requirements – it’s a good idea to phone the particular agency to get their set of criteria before you actually apply in writing.
Getting your application right from the start can save a lot of time later. All prospective adoptive parents are required to undergo a screening and preparation process. Adoption agencies are often criticised for ‘all the red tape’ or ‘making applicants jump through too many hoops’. But if one considers that in most cases the social worker is completely responsible for making a decision about a child’s future, the involved process becomes a necessity to ensure that the right parent(s) is/are chosen for every child – the parent(s) that will provide the specific child in question with the best possible home and family.
The screening process normally involves orientation meetings, interviews with a social worker, full medicals, marriage and psychological assessments, home visits, police clearance and references. The screening process basically allows social workers to get to know prospective adopters as a family, their motivation to adopt and their ability to offer a child a warm, loving and stable home. Once the screening process is complete, applicants are placed on a waiting list for a child. Applicants have their own ideas and wishes about the child they wish to adopt – they can decide about the age and sex of the baby or child they would like to adopt and adoption agencies will try to meet those personal expectations It’s a very joyous and happy day when the new parents are informed that they have been matched to a child and arrangements will be made for them to meet the child. There is usually a period of introduction to the child, the length of time varying according to the child’s age.
The official placement of the child with the adoptive parents is a legal process, carried out through the Children’s Court. Once the child has been with the new parents for a period of time and the social worker has assessed the adoption to be in the best interests of the child, the adoption is finalised through the Children’s Court. The child then becomes the legal child of the adoptive parents as if the child was born to them and has all the same rights as a biological child.
How we help THE BABIES IN OUR CARE
Parent-Infant psychotherapy is supportive psychotherapy. The aims are not only to meet the immediate presenting problems in the baby or the toddler, but also to help the parent and child feel more positively about themselves and their interaction.
Outcome: To date we have helped 20 families bond with their new babies.
2. Play Therapy
Play therapy is to children what talk therapy is to adults. Research confirms that play is a child’s primary tool for communication, growth, and development. Therapy is useful for kids with all sorts of different struggles, including but not limited to:
Depression, overwhelming emotions, sensitivity, and irritability, anxiety, self-regulation, grief and loss, anger problems, aggression
Outcomes: To date we have helped 215 babies via play therapy to cope with abandonment and abuse with the help of our partners in psychology.
3. Operation Immunisation
Immunization protects children (and adults) against harmful infections before they come into contact with them in the community.
Outcome: To date 270 Babies has been immunized by our partner in baby wellness