Breath of Life House Parents
Breath of Life Counseling Team
This initiative was setup in 2009, in response to the lack of support for women dealing with crisis pregnancies, and the high rate of abandonment of newborn babies. Mother’s that were unable to bring up children had to choose between termination or abandonment. The situation demanded a response, and lead by a passionate team the Restore Trust launched a two pronged initiative to meet this need.
Watch a video introduction for Breath of Life below
Place of Safety
Babies are abandoned in dumpsters, dustbins and drains daily in Buffalo City. A safe place to care for abandoned babies was a priority. The Place of Safety is at 2 Dawson Road, Selborne and currently has capacity for 6 babies. These children are either delivered by the SAPS or by members of the public. It is truly a sad state of affairs, a daily reminder of the horrific societal problems at play in our community. The house is staffed by a team of carers and house parents. The babies are given 24/7 care before being placed into adoptive forever-families within 3 months.
Crisis Pregnancy Center
In an attempt to stem the tide of terminations and abandonment, Breath of Life also operates numerous counseling centers. Current locations include all three local termination clinics: Frere, Cecilia Makiwane and Epilweni Clinic, as well as various local schools.
These centers provide women in the midst of a crisis pregnancy with support and information on termination alternatives. Many women seeking help have no other support structures in place and no understanding of government grants, fostering or adoption services.
To date, over 14 000 women have been through the doors of Breath of Life counseling centers, and over 120 abandoned babies have been rescued and cared for at the Place of Safety.
For more information on Restore Trust projects, click here >>.
Visit the BOL Coffee Shop
Find out more about our project, cuddle the babies and enjoy some cake and coffee
Wednesdays 10:00 – 14:00
2 Dawson Road, Selborne.
Become a Guardian, donate R100 a month. Click here >>
Help out with consumables for the house, call 043 722 1670.
Donate used clothing to our iThemba Charity Shop, call 043 722 1670.