Every year SHA commemorates Ntate Madiba’s legacy by giving their 67 plus minutes to great causes which are close to their hearts. This year is no different. Each area within SHA was asked to choose a cause that they felt warranted the great Nelson Mandela’s legacy to which we as a company could give back. Each of the 5 areas within SHA chose respective projects for their area to execute over the month of July. Our first project took place Friday 14 July 2017 and was at the Door of Hope in Berea. The PI area delivered baby stuff, food, nappies and formulas to the home. They also spent their 67 plus minutes giving some love to the babies who are sheltered by the home.
Door of Hope’s Mission:
- Saving Abandoned Babies
- Bringing Children Home
- Building People of Character
- Bridging a Better World
Abandonment of infants in South Africa is, unfortunately, a common occurrence. Many of these children are left to die, or simply abandoned, in dustbins, open fields, public toilets or on train tracks. In 1999 the Berea Baptist Mission Church said, “Something needs to be done”. Under the leadership of Pastor Cheryl Allen, the church made a hole in their wall and a ‘Baby Bin’ was installed allowing for mothers to leave their babies any time day or night for the church to take care of them. The moment a baby is placed, care workers on duty receive an electronic signal alerting them. The baby is taken in and the anonymity of the “donor” ensured. News has spread and other babies have been brought personally by their mothers or have come through other means such as the police, community members, hospitals or clinics.
On Thursday 20th July 2017, the Finance/ Compliance/ IT services area went off to Rosettenville to show some love to the children at St Mary’s Children Home.
St Mary’s Children’s Home is a registered non-profit organisation which has its roots in the Anglican Church. They provide a safe, secure home and therapeutic environment for children from families in crisis, on a completely non-discriminatory basis.
Their aim is always to work towards the reconstruction and reunification of families wherever possible.
Since the establishment of the original orphanage in 1902, St Mary’s has embraced the more modern cottage system of family units and adapted to meet the challenges of the present – including the impact of HIV/Aids on children and families, and the large-scale immigration to the city of Johannesburg, resulting in unemployment and extensive poverty in the community which, in turn, lead to abuse and abandonment.
The home shelters 44 kids, which they are able to take care of solely from Financial Assistance from Government and donations from private individuals and corporates.
This SHA Team was able to make the following contribution to the home:
- Trees and compost for planting trees, along with spades, shovels and watering cans.
- Party Packs and stationery for the kids.
- Groceries for the home.
This home was friendly and welcoming to the Team. Our Team’s hearts were warmed by the bright, lit up faces of these loving children who shared about their dreams of their bright futures.
And to end their wonderful visit, the SHA Team was serenaded by the angelic voices of the children of St.Mary’s, to say thank you for visiting with them.
We commend Door of Hope and St Mary’s Children Home for their heart and making a difference in the lives of babies and children born into less than ideal circumstances in our beautiful country.