History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children – Nelson Mandela

Our Vision

Despite the occasional headline, child abandonment in South Africa remains largely unreported. The little we do now reveals that it is both shockingly prevalent and deadly. So why is it so wide-spread and what can be done to
prevent it, or at the least, minimize its impact?

By implementing the “Baby Safe Boxes” in eMalahleni at various hot spots identified in our region and communities.
Similar to the “Door of Hope” Initiative.

By providing this safe alternative to mothers in distress and with the correct panel of expertise, we will be able to save the lives of many infants through this initiative before they are abandoned on the rail tracks, the dumps or in refuse bins.

THE COLD FACTS

  • About 3500 children are abandoned annually = 300 Per Month
  • This figure only includes survivors. Total number of abandonments is far higher
  • Only one third of abandoned children survive
  • 65% of abandoned children are newborns = 2275 annually = 189 per month. This is only survivors & excludes newborns not found in time, stillborn or aborted
  • 70% of abandonments are unsafe.
  • Many abandoned babies are never found.

THE PLAN

Check out the table below.
 PLAN
1Identify abandonment Hot Spots in and around eMalahleni
2Install a “Baby Safe Box” at the Hot Spots identified
3Notice to be installed on the “Baby Safe Boxes”
4A leaflet will be left inside the safe for the person to follow steps in case they
want to reclaim their child and to know what procedure will be followed with
the child when left in the “Baby Safe Box".
5Inform the community through various initiatives, publications, etc. of this
initiative whilst also educating distressed pregnant ladies of the options they
have other than to abort or abandon
6We are a registered NPO and want to join hands with existing Safe Houses
and Organizations who can take the babies in and handle the placement
procedures.

HOW THE “BABY SAVER” WORKS

  • The door is opened from the outside, a baby is placed on the pressure plate and the door is closed.
  • When the baby is placed on the pressure plate the micro switches is closed. An alarm system is connected to this circuit and sends a ‘panic’ signal to Exactus Risk Management security service. There is no alarm that sounds at the saver.
  • When the door is closed the magnenetic (normally open) switch is built into the magnetic lock, closes and completed the circuit that consists of the 12v power supply/battery, micro switches, magnetic lock switch and magnetic lock solenoid and red light locking the unit to the outside. When the baby is removed, the micro switches open and the magnetic lock disengages, the light extinguishes and the unit is again in the “ready” state.
  • The entire electrical system will have a battery backup and the alarm system must incorporate power failure reporting.

FOUNDERS

Maureen Scheepers

082 565 6770

Yolande de Beer

083 217 0904

CARE CENTRES

CBD Site

Financed! Watch this space!
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Phola Site

Urgent funds required to install a baby box at this identified hot spot.
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New Life Site

Active SACCW Baby box on site: Mandela St, Witbank, Emalahleni, 1035
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Spring Valley Site

Active SACCW Baby box on site: 11 Vulture St, Reyno Ridge, Emalahleni, 1035
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PARTNERS

All boxes manufactured by:

Top of the World

All boxes monitored by:

Exactus Risk Management

National Agreement with EMS:

ER24 Witbank

DONATIONS

Please make use of the following banking information to make a donation with the reference: #babybox

Reference: #babybox
Bank: Nedbank Limited
Account Number: 1178970574
Branch Code: 0055
Account Type: N-5000-Account

DON’T THROW YOUR BABY AWAY!

Leave your baby in a safe place if you are unable to care for him/her!

MUSA U KULILAHLA USANA LWAKHO!

Shiya usana lwakho endaweni ephephile uma ungakhoni ukuyinakelela.

MOENIE JOU BABA WEGGOOI NIE!

Los jou baba op ‘n veilige plek indien jy nie na hom/haar kan omsien nie.

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