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. Mothers that were unable to bring up children had to choose between termination or abandonment. The situation demanded a response, and led by a passionate team the Restore Trust launched a two-pronged initiative to meet this need.
Place of Safety
Babies are abandoned in dumpsters, dustbins and drains 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 forever-families.
Visit the Breath of Life
Find out more about our project, cuddle the babies and enjoy some cake and coffee
Wednesdays 10:00 – 14:00
2 Dawson Road, Selborne.
Crisis Pregnancy Counselling
In an attempt to stem the tide of terminations and abandonment, Breath of Life also operates numerous counselling centres. Current locations include all three local termination clinics: Frere Hospital, Cecilia Makiwane Hospital and Empilweni Clinic, as well as various local schools. These centres 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 20 000 women have been through the doors of Breath of Life counselling centres, and over 130 abandoned babies have been rescued and cared for at the Place of Safety.
Breath of Knowledge
This is a new initiative which has recently been piloted at Hudson Park High School. We have a dedicated team that presents an “Undiluted Life Skills Program” which is endorsed by Africa Cares. We are wanting to increase this initiative to other schools.
For more information call 079 941 2277.