News in South Africa
From alone in hospital to happy home
A baby girl born in Durban, who was abandoned by her teenage mother in hospital, has finally found a home. The six months old baby was left at Clairwood Hospital; the child was suffering from Kwashiorkor and was in the care of the hospital staff.
The child’s aunt (on biological mother’s side), Mrs Mkhize knew that the child had been abandoned by her sister and wanted to raise Thembie* her as her own. Mrs Mkhize did not know what procedures to follow to enable her to bring Thembie home, so she sought assistance from an OLIVE LEAF Foundation (OLF) Fieldworker that she knew was involved in an orphaned and vulnerable children programme (OVC) in the community.
The OLF Fieldworker assisted Mrs Mkhize by referring her to one of it’s partners, the Durban Children’s Society, where a Social Worker assisted Mrs Mkhize. After completing the procedures needed, Mrs Mkhize was able to take the baby to her new home in Cato Manor!
The OLF Fieldworker followed up with home visits to Mrs Mkhize helping her apply for the Thembie's birth certificate and gain access to an immunisation card. After several further follow-ups with both Mrs Mkhize and the Department of Home Affairs by our OVC fieldworker, Mrs Mkhize was awarded a Child Support Grant for the baby girl. This Grant is much needed as the Thembie lives in a house with nine other siblings. Since the last visit, OLF is happy to report that Thembie is doing very well and is a happy, healthy child.
* not real name
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