Baby Haven serves the abandoned and orphaned babies of Johannesburg, many of them the healthy children of HIV+ parents, by providing a home, a loving environment, and the hands of Christ to touch, nurture and bring wholeness of body and soul.
Baby Havens’ logo is a yellow bucket with a blue daisy. One of the Baby Havens’ babies was found in a field under a tree in a yellow bucket. Nationwide media coverage sensitized many to the plight of abandoned babies but failed to produce clues to her identity. The yellow bucket symbolizes the abandoned children of Africa. The daisy represents the beautiful gift of a child coming from the most unexpected places.
The Baby Havens serve the abandoned and orphaned babies of Johannesburg, many of them the healthy children of HIV+ parents, by providing a home, a loving environment, and the hands of Christ to touch, nurture and bring wholeness to body and soul. “Since 2003, Baby Havens have been a place of safety for hundreds of children and most of these have been placed for adoption. In a continent overburdened with an orphan crisis, Baby Havens are part of the answer! Baby Havens serve as the link between the babies and their adoptive “forever families.”
Baby Havens started in 2003 after a series of articles published in the Johannesburg newspapers highlighted the large numbers of babies that had been abandoned in local hospitals. Many mothers who went to hospital to give birth learned of their HIV+ status and simply left the hospital without their baby. Other babies were found abandoned in rubbish bins, in fields and public places, and taken to hospital. Poverty and hopelessness combined to destroy many mother/child relationships. His People Johannesburg Pastors David and Caroline Webb responded by opening the first Baby Haven. The second Baby Haven opened in 2011 and the third is opening in 2015.
Baby Havens are a ministry of two churches in the Every Nation family of churches. In South Africa, Baby Havens’ primary sponsor is His People Christian Church Johannesburg. In the United States, the Baby Havens are sponsored by Grace Covenant Church of Northern Virginia.
Baby Havens operate in South Africa as projects of the Community Development Program Trust, a South African registered charitable trust, and is subject to the rules and regulations of South African non-profit organizations. Its Trustees are Simon Lerefolo, Roger Peace, Priscilla Moodley, and David and Caroline Webb. The CDPT is a registered NPO and Public Benefits Organization.
We welcome volunteers from all nations to serve at the Baby Havens. A minimum of thirty days commitment is required. A love for children and a desire to serve are a must! Interested applicants should contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for an application and more information.
Rachel was born in 2005 at a provincial hospital on the West Rand, weighing 2.2 kg. Her birth mother was HIV+, and already had another child. She was unemployed and unable to care for another baby [...]
Who knows what desperation causes a mother to abandon her baby? On the first day of September 2003, the first day of South African Spring, a little girl was born and left in a dustbin across the street from a rural clinic outside Johannesburg. This was a telling detail: her location ensured her discovery and her survival [...]
Thandi was born just before Christmas 2004 at a poor government hospital outside of Johannesburg. In February, David was looking at an empty bed in Baby Haven and thought, “there is a baby out there who is supposed to be here with us.” [...]
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