Breath of Life needs help

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Breath of Life is in need of dona­tions for the chil­dren in their care. The GO! re­ported ( “Giv­ing ba­bies a sec­ond chance”, Jan­uary 25 2018) that Re­store Trust, es­tab­lished by the Stir­ling Bap­tist Church in 2009 and which Breath of Life is a part of, is con­tin­u­ing with its mis­sion of de­vel­op­ing in­no­va­tive re­sponses to so­cial prob­lems.

As a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion, Breath of Life is de­pen­dent on dona­tions.

“As a place of safety, we are only al­lowed to care for six ba­bies at one time. We have found that there seems to be a bot­tle­neck in the de­ci­sion-mak­ing with re­gards to our ba­bies’ cases, so we are un­able to care for ev­ery baby that we are con­tacted about,” said Re­store Trust di­rec­tor An­drew Rielly.

He said there was a pan­demic at the mo­ment with re­gard to the ba­bies and chil­dren in East London need­ing in­ter­ven­tion.

“I re­ally wish there was a high school pro­gramme where life ori­en­ta­tion ac­tu­ally taught proper life skills that in­cludes how to take care of and nur­ture chil­dren so that we don’t keep hav­ing this ter­ri­ble cy­cle of ne­glect and abuse.”

The or­gan­i­sa­tion is in dire need of “cot spon­sors”.

“An in­di­vid­ual or busi­ness that can spon­sor a cot on a monthly ba­sis would ef­fec­tively take care of the needs for that baby such as for­mula, nap­pies, toi­letries, bot­tles, teats, dummy soother, med­i­ca­tion and a per­cent­age of the baby care-giver’s salary,” said Rielly.

He in­di­cated they were al­ways in need of in­fant for­mula and this is an item that was very sel­dom do­nated.

“The for­mu­las we are cur­rently us­ing are In­facare 1 and 2, Lac­to­gen 1 and Nan HR. Other items we reg­u­larly use are nap­pies, un­scented aque­ous cream, baby bath wash, John­son & John­son soft and shiny sham­poo and gripe wa­ter.”

Rielly said there are dif­fer­ent ways in which they raise funds.

They have a guardian­ship pro­gramme where an in­di­vid­ual can do­nate from as lit­tle as R100 a month.

“We have money col­lec­tion tins that we are ask­ing busi­nesses to host for us, we have our do­na­tion-based coffee shop which we have also started hir­ing out for chil­dren’s and adult birth­day par­ties, kitchen teas and baby show­ers.

“Our Ithemba Char­ity Shop sit­u­ated at 10 Philip Frame Road, Chisle­hurst sells any size cloth­ing, li­nen and home­ware. We re­ceive a per­cent­age of the prof­its to help us pay for rent, elec­tric­ity and monthly bills,” he con­cluded.


HELP­ING A GOOD CAUSE: Co-or­di­na­tor and house mother of Breath of Life Michelle Rielly holds one of the ba­bies looked after by the or­gan­i­sa­tion

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