Imagine the feeling of utter loneliness and helplessness, being abandoned and left to die; in a dustbin, open field, public toilet, or on a train track. Sadly this is unfortunately a common occurrence for many infants in South Africa, because their mothers are not able to care for them due to poverty or inadequate facilities.
Back 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 Box’ 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 on this much needed solution 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.
The Door of Hope operates a number of wonderful and caring baby homes – not institutions – where babies enjoy the loving care of caregivers and volunteers. They have two homes based in Glenvista and one home in Berea in Johannesburg, South Africa. They are affiliated with an adoption agency (Abba Specialist Adoption and Social Services) that facilitates their adoptions both in South Africa and other parts of the world. Not all babies are adopted due to parental involvement, special needs, illness or death.
On the 21st August 2018, Monique Van Rensburg, who is from Cape Town but currently lives and works in Saudi Arabia, will attempt to summit Mount Kilimanjaro, along with her two colleagues. Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain on earth. Crowned with an everlasting snow-cap at 5895m above sea level. They will be climbing the Lemosho Route, which is the longest route at eight days and seven nights, and offers the best chance of acclimatizing for the altitude.
With very little, (actually ZERO mountaineering or even hiking experience) Monique hopes to raise funds for Door of Hope. The monies raised will go towards The Village, which is a space that has been purchased for those those children who don’t get adopted. Here they will find a home be raised with love and care. Numerous homes will be built, where house parent/s will care for up to six abandoned children in each dwelling, as well as to the day to day costs of raising a child.
As the famous proverb goes, “It takes a village to raise a child” – and that’s what The Door of Hope – Children’s mission is trying to achieve. To provide a safe and nurturing environment to children who did not choose to be abandoned but deserve to feel the love and warmth of a human touch.