Found an abandoned baby?

How to respond if you find an abandoned baby …

Call the South African Police Services promptly and make yourself available to provide an affidavit on your observations.

Remain with the baby until the police come in order to ensure that the baby is safe and protected from the elements.

If necessary, the Emergency Rescue Services could be called to attend to the child’s health needs.

Take note of the following information:-

  • Time of finding the baby
  • Place where baby was found
  • Child’s appearance and condition e.g. health, cleanliness, emotional state of being
  • Child’s clothing – What was child wearing? Was the child wrapped up?
  • Was there a bag or any possessions left with the baby e.g. clothing, nappies, baby formula, water or baby food
  • Any identifying details e.g. the Child’s Road to Health Booklet, any letters, documents or information regarding the mother or family and their addresses or contact details?

It is important to note that your own observations surrounding the abandonment is critical in assisting in the investigation into the child’s circumstances and may be helpful in the process of identifying and/or locating the mother or other family members.

Our children are our greatest treasure. They are our future.” – Nelson Mandela

Information supplied from Child Welfare Durban and District (Nonprofit Organisation (002-259 NPO), PBO Ref. No. 18/11/13/1145 A Community Chest Member) www.cwdd.org.za

Tel: (031) 312 9313 Fax: (Admin): (031) 312 3147

Address: 20 Clarence Road, Durban 4001, P O Box 47569 Greyville 4023

Board Members – R. Pillay – President; D. Msomi – Vice President, M Naidu – Hon. Treasurer. Members: P Ram, J Murray, S Naidoo, D Shukla, H Grobbelaar.

What to do with an abandoned baby – CWDD

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Art of Giving Campaign

Off the back of our 16th AGM, publishing the Annual Report for 2019 online and then sharing our Quarter 2 and 3 of 2020 – Domino Updates (see other blogs), we have launched our “Art of Giving” Campaign in these final 6 weeks of 2020.

The intention is that it will ignite the passion and purpose within YOU, empower you to respond wisely and responsibly for sustainability’s sake over this period and into 2021, as well as share love with those in your networks to do the same!

Over the next month and a half we will share Social Media posts and Blog articles with meaningful community centric resources like:

In turn you can play your part in the #DominoEffect

  • Share this page with your friends to increase our online awareness so they can get our news too … Sign up with admin@domino.org.za
  • Tell people you know about The Domino Foundation and the work we do so they can engage too
  • Click here for the 7 super simple donation options (Credit Card, Zapper, EFT/Cash Deposit, Debit Order, Pay Pal, Bequest Codicil or donations in kind) make giving easy for everyone
  • If we get a R100 a month from each person reading this page would be amazing or refer us to your corporate CSI Business/Foundation Funding Division
  • Trust these meaningful ways will inspire hope and joy in your heart. Please follow us online and #StayConnected

Share your happiness …

In the spirit of the ART of giving – this beautiful painting is called “Happiness” and was painted by the talented local Durban artist Tonya Seiler. She has donated this exuberant art piece to us as a Fundraiser for our Babies Home and Early Childhood Development Programme.

So if you would like to assist us to run an online auction please contact our Marketing Storyteller Karen Brokensha

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Nutrition in North Durban

Our primary goal is to ‘nourish the hungry learners in our partnering schools, churches and crèches and supplement nutritional well-being of learners where the government are not/unable to feed vulnerable children!’

Main mission

  1. Provide nutrition with measurable metrics in schools;
  2. Mobilise the churches to support our food/relief efforts with compassion, prayer and care;
  3. Educate beneficiaries on the health risks of Covid-19;
  4. Distribute nutritional and sustainable food hampers in collaboration with KZN Council of Churches and their LEANS, to vulnerable families in need to reduce hunger and alleviate the chaos in the crisis to create hope, whilst the government channels found their feet to respond.


  1. Continued with our sandwich feeding in primary schools as well as JAM porridge and Soup making/deliveries from the Brookdale kitchen, to the Amaoti, Mzinyathi, Waterloo and CBD.
  2. Continued measuring and weighing each child, trained crèche owners on nutrition and continued the huge task of assessing each crèche; facility, meal plan, programme and cooking facilities, with a view to assist with an action plan for the next 2 years.
  3. As COVID became a stark reality for all, we presented a strategy to the KZN Council of Churches on a way for the church to get involved and activated into smaller clusters, working in team to identify the most vulnerable and to assist with discrete distribution.
  4. Facilitated COVID training workshops with all our staff and crèches, before initial lockdown took place.
  5. Mobilized the Domino/Anthem property into a pack station and distribution hub and converted the Vox Coal offices into a JOCC (Joint Operations Command Centre).


  1. Space to store and collect food. As the enormity of the pandemic became apparent, Anthem Church Leadership was agile and generous giving the Domino Nutrition and Disaster Response Team permission to use the property as a Disaster Response Hub. We used the Church Auditorium, Coffee Shop, Training Rooms, Kitchens, Car Park and every other available floor space to store, pack and stack food and non-perishable food items.
  • Manpower. The hard lockdown resulted in a desperate shortage of staff as the team were mandated to remain at home. Core team of Cathy Whittle (Programme Leader), Shaun Tait (CEO), Mdu Vato and Alfred Madikizela (Drivers) created a formidable Disaster Response Team in addition to a small group of 10 local university students, who volunteered their brawn and energy to help pack 1,000s of buckets, working late into the nights assisting with distribution and logistics. In addition, Lindo Khoza of Lindbong Community Development joined the team as a Community Facilitator on the ground, negotiating and facilitating the distribution of food hampers with school leaders, local chiefs and ward councilors.
  • Security. Large amounts of food needed to be delivered after hours in the dark, to ensure the safety of the teams and community recipients.
  • Lack of heaving duty/pallet lifting/transport equipment. As the demand for food security grew so the need for quantities was super-sized (yes think Super-Link Trucks11), without an in house pallet jack and fork lift – unpacking donations was a back breaking and challenging. Big thanks to Fresh Flava for sponsoring a forklift for our massive Solidarity Fund delivery.

This is Cathy Whittle who heads up Nutrition in North Durban

Opportunities to stay engaged … Feast or Famine for the future?

Hungry to help?

Thank you that is amazing, please liaise with with our Donor Relations Team Karen Brokensha or Tarin Stevenson to help nourish for good! You can also call them on 031 563 9605

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Thinking out of the Box …

Berea-based NPO, the AtomGate Foundation, (an outreach arm of Morningside IT solutions and services company, AtomGate), has once again linked up with the Domino Foundation Nutrition programme in Amanzimtoti. A bakkie-load of flip-top plastic containers to be used as lunch boxes was donated for distribution to Domino’s beneficiary partnering primary schools, high schools and a community centre where the Nutrition Programme operates. CEO of AtomGate, Kevin Meredith, and founder of the AtomGate Foundation commented, “We have previously joined forces with Domino helping make sandwiches. Now, we felt that the schoolchildren receiving Domino’s sandwiches needed containers to put the sandwiches in.” As a deacon in Kingsway Church International, Amanzimtoti, Kevin has been par of the Domino Toti kitchen since 2016.

Cheryl Dann, who leads Domino’s Toti operations, said, “We distributed this generous donation to our beneficiaries who opted for big waves of gratitude as their smiley faces were hidden by masks!” Cheryl expressed her sincere appreciation to AtomGate saying, “Support from local business partners like AtomGate, which is a real community player, adds such value and joy to our work. We would love to connect with other local companies who want to partner with us to bring hope and really make a difference in our beneficiaries’ lives. Please contact me on feedingtoti@domino.org.za.”

Caption Domino’s Purity Ngcongo with Kusakusa Primary School Grade 7 pupils Nomthandazo Khumalo (left) and Msizi Hlongwa and some of the lunch boxes donated by the AtomGate Foundation.                                                                                      

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#LockdownLove Mask Campaign

Today is #Day50 of lockdown in South Africa, so we thought it would be apt to launch our Shwe Shwe Mask #EachOneReachOne Campaign.

The intention is to kick start this initiative with an early bird special* of R50 to purchase two #DominoEffect branded cloth face masks from The Domino Foundation. However one mask will be delivered** to you the shopper to wear and the other mask will be donated to a beneficiary on our programmes. That way we double the joy and impact of caring for one another during this COVID-19 pandemic.

So if you identify with the love of our Mask Models as posted on our social media platforms, please purchase your masks online OR simply click her to zap R50 payment https://zapper.com/url/eoKQQ-BdEu to share the #DominoEffect of #EachOneReachOne.

Remember to include your delivery address or you can email your details with proof of payment to karen@domino.org.za and we will arrange the rest!


* Early bird special ends on Thursday 21 May 2020

** Free delivery within a 10km radius of Durban North

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COVID-19 In response to our Staff


As a large proportion of our staff live within the communities that we serve, a number of our staff are at risk of infections as well. While we as a civil society role player exist to serve our beneficiaries, we as an organisation also exist for the benefit of our teams. The team’s health and wellbeing is of the utmost importance and as such we have implemented a Work from Home (WFH) Policy up until 14 April 2020, when schools and programmes are scheduled to resume.

Field-based teams – As per our usual protocol during school holidays, field-based teams will break for the extended holidays (18 March – 14 April 2020)

Office-based teams – The team will have remote access, utilise Zoom technologies for Virtual Meetings and schedule regular Telecommunications Meetings as needed while working from home.

Our team will continue to support our Stakeholders and Partners effectively and efficiently during this period. We have instructed all staff to practise essential social distancing techniques, increased hygienic practices, strict immune support programmes as well as self-isolation should any symptoms materialise over the next few weeks.


Finally to our Members, we are responsible to you for ensuring that The Domino Foundation continues to serve our Stakeholders, support our communities, influence our city and achieve our objectives for 2020. We have conducted a Risk Assessment, combined with an Environmental Analysis of our macroeconomic impacts and are developing a strategy to ensure our continued success throughout this period. Our focus during this period, is to continue with our core programme objectives and ensure the well-being of our Beneficiaries, Partners and Staff/Team.

Kind regards,

Shaun Tait

Chief Executive Officer

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COVID-19 Response to our Partners

PARTNERS: Donors | Volunteers

Financial and Non-Financial Donors:

We will increase our communication with donors and continue to serve their needs for documentation, paperwork, reports and feedback, remotely. To reduce unnecessary exposure we have decided to implement the following:

  1. Staff impact days – Both off-site and on-site Staff Impact Days/Team Builds have been postponed for the foreseeable future to minimise risk of infections.
  2. Connect Tours – Scheduled Connect Tours for Management to view programmes in action have been postponed got the foreseeable future
  3. We-Share gatherings (Corporate presentations) – scheduled We-Share gatherings with Donor Staff Teams have been postponed for the foreseeable future.

Although our programmes have been adapted to ensure that we meet our beneficiary’s needs during this period of uncertainty, our Donor Relations Team is confident that we will still support our partners CSI, B‑BBEE, National Development Plan (NDP), Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and Funding Objectives for 2020.


  1. Community Service Work Weeks: We have taken the decision to postpone our 1st Community Work Week for 2020, with plans to add an additional week during the second half of the year.
  2. Regular Volunteers: As programmes go on a break during the extended school holidays, volunteer’s shifts will be postponed for the break. We will review this policy once we have a clearer picture of how long this pandemic will last.
  3. International Volunteer Programmme: Based on the travel ban and quarantine period, we have taken the decision to cancel/postpone our International Volunteer Programmes that were scheduled before 30 June. We will liaise with each group accordingly.

In essence, we are placing a moratorium on all Programme-Orientated Volunteer Opportunities for the foreseeable future.

Kind regards,

Shaun Tait

Chief Executive Officer

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COVID-19 Response to our Beneficiaries


Heeding the call of our government, our immediate goal is to ensure that the delivery of our interventions do not require our beneficiaries to put themselves at risk of exposure to COVID-19. The steps we are outlining below, have been designed to

  • minimise the use of public transport
  • provide safe social distancing practices and
  • ensure that our programmes are still delivered and objectives met, where possible.

Social Justice Programmes: Abandoned Babies Home | Red Light Anti-Human-Trafficking

At our Baby Home, the 24 hour care and protection of vulnerable children remains our highest priority and so we have increased hygiene methods through enhanced cleaning routines and staff decontamination measures. We have also consulted with our care team and have adjusted our staff roster to accommodate overnight stays during this period to reduce external travel. We have also taken the decision to reduce volunteer interaction and will prohibit non-staff visitors to the home for the foreseeable future.

With regards to our Red Light Anti-Human-Trafficking Programme, we have taken the decision to explore the opportunity of running our programmes online. This means beneficiaries will be given data bundles and our counsellors will continue to follow and encourage our weekly sessions via video calls and WhatsApp counselling techniques. Devotions, case work counselling and recovery modules will continue to be offered digitally and activities and assignments will be submitted online

Education Programmes: ECD | Literacy | Life Skills | Skills Development

With the majority of our Education Programmes being school based, we will follow our usual protocol of pausing for the school holidays for our Early Childhood Development (ECD), Literacy and Life Skills programmes. Based on the decision taken by the Department of Education (DoE) to extend the first term holiday by 10 days (18 March – 14 April 2020), we will extend our break and regain these ‘lost days’ later in the year as per the DoE’s plans to shorten the June/July holidays.

Our Skills Development programme will continue to support our bursary students during this time and assist candidates to follow the relevant university guidelines and online, distance learning study methods adopted by each institution. Mentors will continue to connect with students remotely through WhatsApp, video calls and electronic communication methods as needed.

Nutrition Programme: Sandwiches | Soup | Porridge

In line with standard holiday protocols, our Nutrition Programme will also close as usual during the extended school holidays and our Relief Feeding Programme (Nutrition Hampers, Food Parcels etc.) will continue with distribution to vulnerable families each month as needed. Our drivers and office-based staff will continue to implement enhanced hygiene routines and standards ensuring that hampers continue to be distributed to designated distribution points.

Disaster Response:

Our response team have already been active in the weeks leading up to the announcement by our President of a national state of disaster. We have met with the eThekwini Disaster Response team for a co-ordinated effort and are working together with the SA Red Cross, City Hope & Zoe Life. Through education training workshops with our beneficiaries and the dissemination of preventative information and hygiene packs (sanitizers and disinfectants) our team is focusing on prevention techniques and directing individuals to national hotline numbers for treatment and further information.

Kind regards,

Shaun Tait

Chief Executive Officer

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COVID-19 Response from our CEO

18 March 2020


“We are all members of the great human family, created in the image of God” Genesis 1:17

The Coronavirus has arrived on South African shores and one aspect that it has certainly highlighted, is our equality as humanity. This virus has no boundaries, does not discriminate and does not respect national borders. It is OUR virus, and together, in unity, we can stop the spread through a calm, well-informed and planned response.

In preparation for the expected arrival of the COVID-19 virus, The Domino Foundation conducted Awareness and Education Training with our staff and implemented enhanced hygiene and cleanliness procedures throughout our organisation on Friday 6 March 2020. Through distribution packs of hand wash, hand sanitiser and antibacterial wipes, our team began implementing heightened cleaning and hygiene protocols within our office work space, vehicles, kitchens and the Baby Home. Following the address from our President on Sunday night 15 March 2020, and the declaration of a National Disaster, we met as a team to discuss the way forward to ensure the safety of our stakeholders.

While we do exist to serve our 12,351 beneficiaries in times such as these, leadership requires that we have to make decisions regarding the health of our Beneficiaries, Partners and Staff to ensure that our actions reflect the best interests of our stakeholders. Due to the nature of our work taking place into local communities, a large portion of our beneficiaries represent the ‘high-risk population’ having underlying health challenges (HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis etc.) as well as serving an aged beneficiary group.

As such, as of Tuesday 17 March 2020, the following additional measures have been put in place to ensure the safety and good health of all our stakeholders. We have separated our response into 3 categories, pertaining to the impact on each stakeholder respectively, namely;

  1. Beneficiaries,
  2. Partners: Donors & Volunteers
  3. Staff and Members

Each subsequent attachment shows steps taken for each stakeholder, summary is provided below:

BENEFICIARIES: Click here to read how this impacts our beneficiaries

  • Baby Home – closed to volunteers and external visitors until further notice.
  • Nutrition, ECD, Literacy, Life Skills & Skills Development – following standard protocol of closing during the school holidays (18 March – 14 April 2020). To resume in April 2020 pending Government updates.
  • Red Light Anti-Human Trafficking Programme – Off-site protocols will be implemented and curriculum and counselling to continue digitally via cellphone communication.
  • Disaster Response – Prevention Education and Training Campaigns to run as usual. More details of how you can support to follow on Friday 20.03.20.

PARTNERS: Click here to read how this impacts our Partners

  • Donors – We will continue all support and donor relation services, but will operate remotely. Postponing all Staff Impact Days, Connect Tours and In-person Presentations.
  • Volunteers – moratorium on all Volunteer Opportunities (CommServe Work Week #1, Regular Volunteers, Schools Programme and International Volunteers).

STAFF AND MEMBERS: Click here to read how this impacts our Staff & Members

  • Field-based teams – As per our usual protocol during school holidays, field-based teams will break for the extended holidays (18 March – 14 April 2020). To resume in April pending Government updates.
  • Office-based teams – Continue to work remotely, utilise Zoom technologies for Virtual Meetings and schedule regular Telecommunications Meetings as needed.

We stand with Government and implore every citizen to adjust their current lifestyle to apply strict:

  • Social Distancing Techniques
  • Immune Building Practices and to ensure increased
  • Hygiene Sanitation and
  • Self-isolation, should the need arise.

The above measures will be in place until 14 April 2020, and will be reassessed in consultation with Government communication updates.

South Africa, we continue to pray for you and stand in solidarity during this time of need. Our prayers are with those who are high risk individuals as well as the small and medium businesses, and those organisations that operate in the Tourism, Hospitality and Service Industries who will largely be affected by the downturn of socialisation and will face longer lasting economic impact.

While these are times of global panic and uncertainty, they are also times of incredible opportunity, innovation and potential. We will continue to serve our stakeholders to the best of our ability and ask for continued support, grace and flexibility to adopt methods of best practice during this time.

It is another great day to change a life and to partner together for the future of our country!

Kind regards,




Shaun Tait

Chief Executive Officer


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The National Development Plan (NDP)

2020 is ushering in more than two decades worth of national democracy since South Africa’s elections in 1994 and like every other 26 year old adult, we’ve ditched our childhood dependencies, started ‘adulting’ and have our lives all together right? Dong! Wrong! Like most young grown up’s, we’re starting to realise that being an independent ‘born free’ adult is harder than it looks and that we actually need a whole lot more mentoring, guidance and support to be the mature peeps that we dream we want to be.

In 2012 the National Development Plan (NDP), was launched and updated in 2015, to map the journey that our country is on towards the 2030 vision of “A South Africa that belongs to all its people”. The NDP Planning Committee identified 6 key pillars that, if addressed, would strategically move our country forward and within each pillar, specific goals were identified and objectives set to act as a National Action Plan to reducing poverty and eliminating inequality.

So when we as Domino Foundation read the NDP and understood the goals, it affirmed that we are building towards the common vision for our beautiful country and her people. Through our Social Justice, Nutrition & Education initiatives, we’ve set out to change the narrative of our country to Unite our country, encourage Active Citizenry and Build the Capabilities of our nation.

Our Social Change theme for 2020 is ALIGNMENT, which is to keep positioning our vision, resources, partnerships and collaborations with like-minded #CHANGEMAKERS across our city, province and country. The research, monitoring, measurement and tracking indicators in all programmes and interventions work towards achieving the NDP goals to pull together on this social impact journey within Durban, KZN

So if you as an individual, within a company, Trust or Foundation are also working towards the NDP and are wanting to engage with transformation within South Africa, then please make contact so we can partner towards this national drive.

The work of Domino Foundation aligns with Goal 7, 8 and 9 of the NDP
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