The Ray of Hope Babies Home has a brand new set of wheels courtesy of the Sibaya Community Trust which heeded the call for assistance after the Home’s primary vehicle was stolen. In addition to the new seven-seater vehicle, the Sibaya Community Trust has also provided operational funding to support the Home which cares for abandoned babies. The vehicle was handed over to Ray of Hope Babies Home in May by Trustee Tristan Kaatze and Chairman, Vivian Reddy.
“We are deeply moved by the unwavering and selfless efforts of the Ray of Hope Babies Home to provide a sanctuary for abandoned babies and remove young children from environments of neglect. As a nonprofit organisation, the Ray of Hope Babies Home relies heavily on the support it receives from the public and corporate sector to continue its invaluable service to the community. We are pleased to be in a position to be able to contribute R300 000 towards a new vehicle and operational support. This, we hope, will help to alleviate some of the financial burden the home faces,” says Vivian Reddy, Chairman of the Sibaya Community Trust.
The Ray of Hope Babies Home in Glenhills, Durban was established in 2009 to provide sanctuary for babies in preparation for foster care or adoption. Since its establishment, the Home, which works in partnership with the Child Welfare Durban and Districts, has placed over 53 babies into foster homes and reunited some babies with their families.
Most of the babies that come to the Home are sick and malnourished, with many of them being HIV positive. The Home nurses them back to health and provides them with much needed love and care. The Home currently accommodates six babies as this is the maximum regulated by law. The babies are aged from newborn to three and a half years old.
The Home provides for the babies’ most basic needs, including shelter, food and warmth. Meeting running costs such as electricity, water, security and transport, in addition to food and consumables such as nappies and medicine is an ongoing challenge.
“We thank Sibaya Community Trust for its generous sponsorship of a vehicle and operational funding. Without the support of the public and corporate funders, Ray of Hope Baby Home would not be in a position to care for and uplift the vulnerable babies that come to us for sanctuary,” says Ray Bush a Trustee of Ray of Hope.
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