2016 Has seen changes to the El-Shammah Home for Abandoned Babies’ (ESHAB) Advisory board. Bertha and Frikkie Spies, the founding members of the Home has resigned 1 September 2016 due to more pressing obligations. They felt that they have completed their portion of the race and wanted to hand the baton over to people with the same vision and zeal. They nominated Merencia and Allistair Scholtz onto the board to fill their positions as chair- and vice-chair person.
The property which the Home has been occupying since its inception was owned by Frikkie Spies, who wanted to sell the property but gave the Organisation first preference before advertising it on the open market. ESHAB was given 5 months to come up with the funds or risked moving by the end of February 2017.
Allistair and Merencia, now the new full time Management team were tasked with the awesome responsibility of raising eight hundred and fifty thousand (R850 000) plus transfer cost within five months.
The management team successfully marketed the home in the newspapers, social media, radio and television. The amount of visitors to the Home has quadrupled and has seen celebrities like Muthu Murugan, Bobby and Karlien van Jaarsveld get involved with our vision.
The Jacaranda FM’s Good Morning Angels Team along with the celebrity siblings; corporate sponsors and individuals pledged to save the Property for El-Shammah Home by the end of April 2017. Bobby and Karlien Van Jaarsveld managed to secure Three Hundred Thousand Rand in pledges and this really warmed our hearts.
ESHAB has started a new program in January 2017, called Mommy’s in Distress, which aims to help single mothers with no financial support with a baby
hamper to the value of R2000.00 or more. These hampers are made up of pre-loved clothing and kind donations by the public. To date we have helped four mommies and hope to do much more during the new financial year.
ESHAB has increased its assets with one SUV purchased on 25 February 2017 with funds secured by a generous donor, Afric Oil. The once off donation of Three hundred and fifty thousand came at a time when ESHAB’s finances were at a low point. This donation was not project specified by the donor and thus the balance was utilized towards the monthly budget, insurance and the purchasing of the property. This definitely eased the burden of transporting the babies to hospital appointments and doctor’s visits.
ESHAB has secured 1 small business (Martins Funerals) willing to donate financially towards our vision on a monthly basis and donate fresh vegetables for our babies weekly.