In September 2009 we opened a baby transition home in Forest Hill called “Ithemba Lam”, meaning “My Hope”.
The home is a temporary safe-haven for abandoned, orphaned, abused, or neglected babies, and those who are either affected by, or infected with, HIV/AIDS. Until they are adopted into a permanent family, placed in a foster home, or reunited with their biological family they stay with us. We have been able to care for 42 babies up to date.
The home accommodates up to six babies at a time. It is managed by our committee which includes Kim Fankhauser, the housemother and staffed by a wonderful team of well trained and loving caregivers, and assisted by volunteers.
Although governmental funds are made available for homes such as ourselves it is more often than not a struggle to get those funds. We have no regular income and rely entirely on the assistance of companies and private donors for the day to day running of the home. We are a registered NPO, and there are various ways the PE public and local businesses can get involved.
Contact Person: Kim Frankhauser
Address: Forest Hill, Port Elizabeth