Introducing the Care Crib
In South Africa today, there are many young mothers who dont have the means to provide for even the most basic needs for their newborn child. To help these mothers, Mpact & the Choose To Care team have created the Care Crib, a sturdy cardboard box that doubles up as a sleeping crib for the first 6 months of the baby's life. Inside the box, the mothers will find a number of items needed in the weeks following the birth. Our wishlist for the box is as follows (Not every box will receive every item as its sponsor dependent):
- Changing mat/ mattress
- Receiving blankets
- Knitted blanket/ Thick winter blanket
- Baby grows
- Booties/ socks
- Cloth nappies
- Disposable nappies
- Bottles (Will only be distributed to babyhomes and mothers who cannot breastfeed)
- Baby bath towel
- Pack of sanitary pads
- Nappy rash paste\Bum cream
- Surgical spirits
- Sterilisation Tablets
- Cotton wool
- Baby soap
- Baby Yum Yum tips & tricks brochure
- Avent Breastfeeding phamplet
The Care Cribs will be distributed by social workers and child protection organisations to mothers in need through our Choose To Care Crisis Pregnancy Support Network.
We are seeking new and used baby items to help as many mothers as possible, should you wish to donate please see drop-off zones below.
- ABBA Adoptions Gauteng:
10 Eastwood St,Pretoria, 0001
- ABBA Adoptions Cape-Town:
Hoheizen Park 3,Hoheizen Cresent, Hoheizen, Bellville
20 Leigh Avenue Fairvale Ext 1, Johannesburg
- Door Of Hope:
15 Barbara Avenue, Glenvista, Johannesburg
- Baby Yum Yum:
The RoadCover Building
112, 4th Street,
- Beatha Clinic
283 Honeydew Road, West Northriding. (Stepping Stones Garden Village)
44, 1st Av, Edenvale.
(PLEASE CALL 010 035 0090 prior to drop-off)
- Walts Place
14 Divot street, Benoni
Should you wish to make a financial contribution please see banking details below:
Bank: Standard Bank
Name: National Adoption Coalition South Africa
REF: Care Crib
Account number: 302903895
Branch: Balfour Park, Code: 009160
Please sign our petition in support of Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini to take respinsibility for South Africa's abandoned children:
Abandoned children are being forgotten in South Africa. The department of Social Development does not measure how many children are abandoned annually and as such, it does not have to account for and take responsibility for them. Child welfare organisations estimated that over 3500 children were abandonedin 2010 and more than 120 000 illegal abortions conducted annually, more than 30% are done after 26 weeks(considered a viable birth). If the department of Social Development, in partnership with the department of Health, Education and the Police, took responsibility for this growing social challenge, wewould know how many children are abandoned, where, when and why, and we would be able to start solving this national crisis.
Are you pregnant and alone?
Every year, thousands of women are faced with the unexpected news that they are pregnant. These are most often teenagers, but could just as easily be a single mother of three facing an unplanned pregnancy. From that moment on, lives are changed forever.
There are decisions to be made and challenges to be met at a time when you are feeling emotionally confused and overwhelmed at the sudden change of direction your life is about to take. You may feel totally alone and too inexperienced in life to make such enormous decisions. At the same time the pregnancy brings about physical changes in your body, plays havoc with your hormones and scrambles your emotions.
If you think you may be facing an unplanned pregnancy, it is important to get it confirmed as soon as possible. Early knowledge of the pregnancy is vitally important as it will allow you more time to make a decision about the outcome of your pregnancy—and your life.