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Door of Hope Children’s Mission in Johannesburg received a call to collect a baby that had been abandoned; they share a message to reach more people and save lives.


Johannesburg, South Africa (17 June 2020) – The past few days in Johannesburg have been incredibly cold. According to the records kept by Gauteng Weather, yesterday the 16th of June, was the coldest day in the last four years and the second coldest in the last nine years.

Door of Hope Johannesburg got a call that sent chills down their spines. A 2-month-old baby had been found dumped in a bin, on the coldest day in the last four years. The organisation was furious this had happened, they work tirelessly to ensure no baby is dumped anywhere in South Africa.

They quickly welcomed the new baby into their home and got the child warm and showered in love. Door of Hope says there are 33 Baby Boxes, set up by various organisations across South Africa that allow people to safely drop off a baby without giving away their identity.

Many supporters of the organisation have sympathised with the parent of this child. Especially at this time in South Africa when there is so much uncertainty, so much poverty and so much loss. As frustrating as it is finding babies dumped in places they may never be found, Door of Hope, hopes to educate as many communities as possible about their options.

Fear and circumstances play a massive role in the motivations for dumping a baby and in 2020, things are worse than ever before.

Door of Hope just wants to remind everyone about their options. They want to share the message as far and wide as possible. Sixty-six babies have been taken in by various organisations since the lockdown, 32 were abandoned babies. In the last two months, they have been unable to save 11 babies that were abandoned in public spaces. The message is so important and mothers should never feel alone.

“There are 33 baby boxes all over South Africa. Please do not leave your baby somewhere… Contact us for help 011 432 2797”

Now more than ever, we need to share the information to new mothers at risk of feeling isolated and without the resources to care for a baby. If you would like to contact the Door of Hope, you can call them on the number listed above or via Facebook.  They have networks in place to help, take a look below for all the information.

Door of Hope cares for abandoned and unwanted babies.
Please follow the below link if you are interested in adoption or fostering, volunteering or are a mom in crisis: www.adoption.org.za

Information for mothers in crisis

Door of Hope BabyBox
17 Doris St Berea
44 Hillbrow St Berea

Emergency number:
+27 82 783 3374

Other Babyboxes in SA

Sources: Door of Hope Children’s Mission
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Tyler Leigh Vivier is a writer for Good Things Guy.

Her passion is to spread good news across South Africa with a big focus on environmental issues, animal welfare and social upliftment. Outside of Good Things Guy, she is an avid reader and lover of tea.

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