An­gel­care reaches out to Ubuntu House

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I“Ubuntu - is the essence of be­ing hu­man. Ubuntu speaks par­tic­u­larly about the fact that you can’t ex­ist as a hu­man be­ing in isolation. It speaks about our in­ter­con­nect­ed­ness. You can’t be hu­man all by yourself, and when you have this qual­ity you are known for your gen­eros­ity.” – Des­mond Tutu n 2006 a new­born baby was dis­carded in a field with no more than a towel wrapped around its naked body for pro­tec­tion.

A passer-by found the baby in the field and de­liv­ered it to the near­est po­lice sta­tion who in turn rushed the baby to a hospi­tal where it was nur­tured back to health. Af­ter 12 days of search­ing there was no trace of the bi­o­log­i­cal mother. On the 13th day of this in­no­cent childs’ life a com­pas­sion­ate so­cial worker de­liv­ered him into the lov­ing hands of Ubuntu House.

This is just one of many such tragic sto­ries of aban­doned chil­dren in our coun­try, but this is one that has an happy end­ing. To­day the lit­tle boy found in a field, whose heart has been healed of the scars of aban­don­ment, has found peace & the un­con­di­tional love of two adop­tive par­ents.

Ubuntu House, a mer­ci­ful non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion in the Western Cape, has cared for more than 470 un­wanted ba­bies since it was first es­tab­lished in Septem­ber 2003. These chil­dren have all been given up by their moth­ers, saved from abor­tions or sim­ply dis­carded. This re­mark­able safety / half­way house has en­sured that al­most 80% of these ba­bies have found per­ma­nent par­ents and that al­most one fifth of them have been re-united with their bi­o­log­i­cal fam­i­lies by the age of 5 months.

The im­por­tance of the re­la­tion­ship be­tween a mother and her new born child can never be overem­pha­sized. It is from this re­la­tion­ship that all hu­man re­la­tion­ships grow and de­velop. Dur­ing those first few crit­i­cal hours, a child has the right to med­i­cal at­ten­tion. In fact a moth­ers touch and warm ca­ress is a child’s birthright.

Ubuntu is a part of the greater uMephi Project that has 18 such baby half­way houses un­der its wing. It also has 20 satel­lite houses, where older chil­dren have a home and a lov­ing fam­ily to nur­ture and equip them for life. uMephi also has a num­ber of hospices, where the sick and ter­mi­nally ill are cared for.

When Lauren Daws, Mar­ket­ing Di­rec­tor at An­gel­care heard of the lit­tle ba­bies at Ubuntu house she with­out hes­i­ta­tion sent them an An­gel­care Baby Sound & Breath­ing Mon­i­tor. It was our aim, she said, to not only pro­vide them with an An­gel­care Baby Sound & Breath­ing Mon­i­tor but to spread the word of such an amaz­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion and ap­peal to oth­ers to reach out and help where they can. For more info, please con­tact Philippa Robertson Smith on 082 974 1349 or

philippa@me­di­ • Visit: www.ubun­tu­

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