Hirsch’s in partnership with the Robin hood foundation and Rodel, headed through to the Upper highway babies (UHBH) home recently to deliver some items off their Mandela day wishlist.
Gary and Kerry Stanton, founders of the UHBH, have been interested in supporting vulnerable children, especially babies, for many years. They began working with the 1000 Hills Community Centre 10 years ago and helped young, school going moms by taking care of babies whilst they were studying. The family became more and more involved with a little baby girl who was not thriving in an unsafe environment. Eventually this baby girl was adopted into the Stanton Family and she is now a bright active 11 year old, who excels at sports and has many, many, friends. Simangele and her older brother and sister are very involved in the UHBH and are all competent baby caregivers.
The family started working actively again with vulnerable babies at the beginning of 2018 when they became aware of the crisis of abandoned babies in South Africa and babies requiring foster care whilst they are awaiting adoption. The government facilities for these purposes are very poorly resourced and over-subscribed. The family became increasingly involved in another baby home and had looked after at least 14 babies during the year for various periods of time before finalising the decision to open the UHBH. There is no other baby home in the area and there are many vulnerable babies being deserted in environments not conducive to their health or wellbeing.
For more information or if you would like to get involved or donate please contact Kerry on firstname.lastname@example.org.