Fairhavens House

FAREWELL, GOGO!

When she lived at Mashava Mine in Zimbabwe, Linda Davis had a passion to share her faith in Jesus with the children of the miners. Each weekend she would set up her Sunday School classroom in the local beer hall and read Bible stories to and sing with the little ones in the hours before the tipplers arrived. When she moved to Durban, Linda was a natural choice to become “House Mother” when Jenni Wallace, pastor’s wife at the then Church of the Good Shepherd, established the ‘Fair Havens’ babies’ home in Durban North in 2004. Since then, Linda, affectionately called “Gogo” by children and staff alike at The Domino Foundation’s Babies Homes, has seen almost 140 children placed with adoptive families locally and abroad. Together with Precious Thabete, she has nurtured and loved the abandoned and orphaned babies and toddlers who have found a safe haven under her care. Linda says, “Jesus’ words that we shouldn’t despise any of these little ones because their angels always see the face of His Father in heaven have always rung true with me. I have to respond to a child in crisis.” Linda is retiring from the position where she has so faithfully served the most vulnerable in our community for the past 14 years but knows that it won’t be long before she once again is holding babies in her arms and standing in the gap as “Gogo”. Leader of the Babies Homes programme, Sandy Hamblin said of Linda, “She has shown unfailing love to every one of the children who has passed through the homes and has been a tireless warrior in fighting to see the best outcomes for these little ones.” Linda’s leaving coincides with the closing of ‘Ububele’, one of the two homes in the Domino Foundation’s programme.  Precious Thabete, who has been a stalwart co-worker with Linda since the inception of the homes and who has been “House Mother” at “Ububele”, steps into the role of House Mother at ‘Fair Havens’. Far from this move, which sees the programme’s capacity being reduced from 12 to 6 children, being a retrogressive strep, Sandy Hamblin says that more resources will now be available to tackle the bigger advocacy issue where the challenge of bureaucracy, institutions and inadequate legal frameworks can be tackled in conjunction with groups like the National Adoption Coalition of South Africa.

 

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#KnowYourNPO – Babies Home

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#KnowYourNpo

The Domino Foundation believes in helping the most vulnerable and impoverished in the Amaoti community – that’s why we have four amazing projects that each do their bit in making this vision come alive. For the next few months we’ll be shining a light on each of our programmes.Here are some encouraging snapshots from our Babies Homes, made up of Fairhavens & Ububele, as the first Domino Foundation Project in the #KnowyourNPO campaign.

#1. Our two Babies Homes provide a safe, loving and nurturing place for abandoned babies and toddlers to stay while their forever home is being found. These children come from Kwazulu-Natal and surrounding areas and are placed in our care by Durban Child Welfare.

#2. Under the watchful eye of our crisis care moms and trained caregivers, our babies are given the best care possible. That means 24 hour supervision, lots of hugs and changing hundreds of nappies every month.

#3. Since 2004 we’ve had over 100 babies through our homes, which is actually over one hundred families that have been transformed.

#4. Have you ever wondered about the process of how our Babies Homes function?

An infographic showing how the Babies Homes works.

#5. SA unfortunately has a large number of orphaned and vulnerable children. But what are we doing about it? Child Welfare places vulnerable children (who are up to the age of 5) with us while they look for a forever home. We also share a house with Door of Hope, a counselling center that offers counseling to women in crisis pregnancies.

#6. Domino always dreamed of opening a second babies home and in 2014 that dream became a reality. Ububele Babies Home is neighbors with the first home, Fairhavens, and each house can take up to six little ones into their care.

#7. The success of the Home is directly linked to the generosity of others, so thank you to everyone who has made Domino Babies Home a place of hope and happiness. We’re always looking for volunteers to play and love with the little ones. If that’s you, email volunteer@domino.org.za.

#8. If you have a heart for giving on a regular basis, why not sign up for our “Adopt-a-cot” initiative? For just R200 a month (debit order) you can ‘adopt’ one of the cots in our two homes and help cover the running costs of the home like nappies, electricity and food. Alternatively you can use Zapper – a super easy way to donate! Click here to read more about the initiative.

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