Durban - As authorities continue to fight against the abandonment of new-born babies in bins and even drains around the city, a Durban-based non-profit organisation, The Peace Agency has set its sights on opening a new Baby Home in uMlazi in the hope of giving desperate mothers more options.
It comes in the wake of a new-born baby girl being rescued from a drain in Newlands East and a young mother dumping her baby in a waste bin at King Edward Hospital.
The Peace Agency which is appealing for public assistance in building the Baby Home hope that its establishment will meet the ever-growing need for registered childcare facilities.
According to the agency, it’s estimated that at least 3 500 babies are abandoned in South Africa every year, with KwaZulu-Natal experiencing a disproportionately high number of incidents.
To assist Child Welfare in accommodating these children, non-profit organisations like The Peace Agency, have established homes for these babies in dire need of safe care. These facilities provide the necessary care and support for infants, with the ultimate goal being to home these children with adoptive parents. However, many of these homes are already overburdened and the number of babies needing a caring home merely increases.