Vikela Baby Saver

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ABANDONMENTS have become alarmingly prevalent in the Glenwood/Umbilo area, and each time  a new case arises, we are stirred to make a change, with a mission to create a platform that will give mothers or soon-to-be mothers the space to speak up and seek counseling. Our primary goal in each case is to assist the moms in keeping their child and not feeling that their only option is to abandon them.

Should a mother feel that abandoning her child is the only option, we have installed a baby safe in Glenwood, in the boundary wall of Likhon iThemba’s Charity Hop Shop. Once a baby is placed in the safe, an alarm is sent out to the safe management members, including an ambulance, a social worker, and a few individuals responsible for the safe. It is then our responsibility to get medical attention to the baby if needed, then report to SAPS and welfare.

The baby will stay with us at HOLAH until a suitable placement is found for him or her. Although this seems like a simple process, education is the key factor – educating mothers that they are never alone, walking the journey with them and, should they feel that they still have no other option, educating them on safe abandonment.