Sometimes orphaned and abandoned babies spend weeks, at times even months, in the hospitals where they were born, because there is no other place for them to go. Babies are often left at orphanages with limited resources, sometimes with illiterate and untrained staff and they have little access to proper medical care.
Butterfly Babies was officially opened in March 2015 to care for these babies. We provide a temporary home for the babies until they can be re-united with family or get adopted into their forever families.
At the moment we can take up to six babies, but we hope to upgrade our current facility to accommodate up to twenty babies. We have four dedicated house mothers who make sure all the babies’ physical and emotional needs are met.
Help with basic care like feeding, bathing, playing, cleaning, washing etc. is always a need. We, however, also need specialized services like medical care, therapy for various aspects of proper early childhood development and training for the house mothers.
Compelled by the love of God we want to bring light where there is darkness, joy where there is sorrow and hope where there is despair.
Love without action brings no change. Therefore we identify the needs of children in the community and find practical solutions to bring positive change.
We believe when you care and bring hope to people in the community, they will be inspired to stand up, use what they have and change their world.
The environment children find themselves in has a major influence on their development. Because we work in poor communities the income from the fees children pay are sometimes not even enough to feed the children who attend the crèches. We therefore identify the needs but focus mainly on the development of the facility and provide equipment and resources for better education. This includes among others: Water tanks for clean water, mattresses and blankets for naptime, stationary and toys. We also build structures for kitchens, classrooms and toilets. To help with the children’s physical development we build playgrounds.
From time to time we organise events at the crèches to celebrate special days like Spring Day, Child Protection Day, the crèche’s birthday or present activities that children will not usually have access to. The aim of most events is just to bring some colour and fun into the children’s lives. Such events often coincides with impact days and it involves activities like playing various games, playing with clay, wooden blocks and other toys and decorating cupcakes or making and eating fruit salad.
We hope that, through these events, we can help the children realise how special they are.
Nutrition plays a critical part in children’s mental and physical development. In cooperation with partner organisations we try to ensure that children get at least one nutritional meal per day. In addition we encourage crèches to plant fruit trees and help them establish their own vegetable gardens. On the Butterfly premises we also a have vegetable tunnels and some fruit trees to try and provide in our own needs as well as to distribute to the crèches.