Ethembeni was opened in 1995 to accommodate babies who were abandoned by their mothers.

The children are brought to us from various places. They are found in rubbish bags, in dustbins, on rubbish dumps, in shebeens, at taxi rank or sometimes left at the hospital after delivery. Some have been abandoned with strangers or left without care for many hours.

Many children have passed through our doors. Some have been fostered or adopted, some have been returned to their families, others have passed away, and others transferred to another facility for on-going medical care.

Currently Ethembeni accommodates 61 babies & toddlers of age groups: 0 - 6 months,

6 months - 1 yr, 1 - 2 yrs, 2 - 4 yrs. Some of the babies & toddlers are either returned to their families, adopted or fostered [by local & overseas parents]. Since we are not equipped to meet their educational needs at age three, should they still be with us they are transferred to a more age appropriate home.

Permanent staff, students doing their community service for university, local & international volunteers, medical doctors, social workers, carers, all contribute to the wellbeing of the babies & toddlers with physical stimulation, medical care, & lots of TLC.

Our nappies used to be donated by one of the major manufacturers, but sadly due to budget cuts they can no longer donate nappies to us. The home is also in need of medication and toiletries on a daily basis for the babies at the home.

How you can help:

1. Donate toward the babies everyday needs

2. Leave a bequest -

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    Donovan Gaddin

    R100 raised

1 Fundraiser project


  1. Liz Stone

    30 December 2021

  2. Jessica Collett

    24 December 2021

  3. Nombulelo Madyibi

    11 December 2021

55 Donations

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1 Fundraiser project

Hope and food for the kids

By Donovan Gaddin

Ethembeni [Place of Hope], was opened in 1985 to accommodate babies who were abandoned by their m...

1% Completed
R100 raised
R20,000 Target