A baby-safe installed by the Ruach Elohim Foundation in Namibia to save as many babies as possible from being abandoned or dumped, is being celebrated throughout Southern Africa.
Swakopmund, Namibia (14 May 2021) – The Ruach Elohim Foundation in Namibia bashed through the front wall to install a baby safe for abandoned babies. As a result, the organisation has received praise from all over Southern Africa for giving unwanted babies a chance to thrive.
The Ruach Elohim Foundation, meaning “Breath of God”, is a voluntary association that focuses on raising awareness about baby dumping; they also take in unwanted, abandoned, abused and neglected babies in Namibia.
Being part of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), we are proud to celebrate the good things happening in our neighbouring countries.
The state of the world has meant many women worldwide have felt the pressure of dealing with unwanted pregnancies or the feeling of overwhelm when wanting to raise a child through these trying economic times. It has made the work organisations like the Ruach Elohim foundation vital.
The organisation decided to take the next step in their work back in 2019 by building a baby safe where mothers could safely place unwanted babies. The safe allows a birth mother to place the baby where it will be collected immediately and will remain out of harm’s way. They now have two locations, one in Swakopmund and Walvisbay.
The safe also allows for anonymous placing without judgment or prosecution.
Many organisations are working to save babies from abandonment. For example, here in South Africa, we have many baby hatches or safes spread throughout the country.
We featured the one installed by NPO Philisa Abafazi Bethu back in 2019. That is located at 69 Hillview Avenue in Lavender Hill; it is called the Baby Saver. That baby safe has already given a little girl a second chance.
If you are based in Namibia or want to know more about the Ruach Elohim Foundation, you can find them via Facebook here.