Since opening in 2000, Botshabelo Babies Home has cared for over 200 children. Most of our babies come to us very new, some just born. Some are full-term and chubby, like Mr. B, our newest arrival, already 4kg at two-weeks-old. However, increasingly we are getting more babies like Miss N, teeny, tiny, and very premature. This little princess was born at 27 weeks, weighing only 900g. She fought for life through months in hospital before coming to us. Then there was Mr. A, born at 30 weeks. Brought to us at 2 weeks old, he was back in hospital within a week. After 10 days on a ventilator, with devoted care from our staff in hospital each day, he came back to our home. Now, like Miss N, he is a healthy toddler. In 2017, she went to her Forever Family, and in just a few weeks it will be his turn!
Since November is World Premature Awareness month we thought we’d highlight the plight of these children. Worldwide 1 in 10 babies is born premature, and in South Africa the estimate is closer to 1 in 5 babies born premature. Causes include teenage pregnancy, poor antenatal care, and failed late-term abortions stemming from desperation and poverty. Many of our most premature babies are likely born into these incredibly challenging contexts, battling to survive their first weeks.
General estimates are that the care of a prem baby is TRIPLE the work of a full-term baby. Without a family, their chances at survival drop drastically. TOGETHER, we can take up that challenge!
Recently we learned that our Babies Home is one of only 2 homes in Gauteng that our social worker will entrust her premature cases to! This testifies to the incredible job our staff do everyday to ensure the best care for our tiniest additions. Because of this, and the rise of abandoned children, we are welcoming more of these fragile newborns. We can gives these tiny ones excellent care and all our love, TOGETHER. In a strong community of support, we can transform the trajectory of their lives. TOGETHER, we make a difference.
Thank you to each uspporter of our Babies Home that has enabled us to become a safe haven for our children!
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Read More (testimony of a social worker below)
I am a social worker and in the employ of a Child Protection Organization specializing in adoption and I work with a lot of different baby homes and places of safety.
I have been working with Botshabelo Child and Youth Care Centre since 2012 and I can testify to their commitment to making a difference in our children in need of care’s lives. They go above and beyond to ensure the children receive the necessary love and care and they are always willing to assist with any extra services or things the child may need.
They have trained care-givers and volunteers spending quality time with the children and they even went as far as training one of the care-givers to be able to assist with the developmental stimulation of the children. There are not a lot of homes who would do so.
I have had children with special needs in their care and they have launched fundraising projects to obtain the necessary finances to help them undergo the necessary operations or to have the necessary therapeutic input.
I really feel comfortable and even blessed to be able to place my small clients in their care because I know the children are being treated in a way they would treat and love their own biological children.
-Hannelie (ABBA Adoption Agency)