#WorldAdoptionDay – What You Can Do To Make A Difference

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For those of you who don’t know, I am an ambassador for World Adoption Day. Which will be happening in just under 30 days on the 15th November.

The aim of World Adoption Day is to raise awareness for adoption.

World Adoption Day is our day to and raise funds to support families in their adoption.

Ambassadors from all over the world are organizing events and parties, bringing together people from all walks of life to celebrate World Adoption Day.

Join us as we create a day to celebrate the power and beauty of family brought together through adoption.

I created this tribute video for Wold Adoption Day, telling the world who I am, how my life was touched by adoption and what family means to me!

I’m no great organizer of anything. So I won’t be organizing a party or an event. But I would LOVE if you would help me show support for a NPO very close to my heart…. House of Thembiso.

House of Thembiso (Promise in Xhosa) is a Place of Safety or Halfway Home for babies up to the age of 12 months. It specifically caters for special needs babies that are HIV positive or have any other physical or mental disability. The babies are cared for here until they are placed with suitable adoptive or foster parents.

It’s also the place of safety where Hannah was cared for, loved and nurtured for the duration of her 60 day consent before she was placed with us. I have a huge soft spot for the amazing team there, for their love and dedication. For the precious times they gave Hannah before she came to us. 

With South Africa having some of the heighest statistics in the world for child/baby abandonment, adoptable children, orphaned children and child lead homes, NPO’s like House of Thembiso are critical. 

Here are some fast facts about what they do and what they need:

Admissions – 158 Babies
Re-united with family – 24 Babies
Foster care – 2 Babies
Adoption – 121 Babies
Babies moved to other carehomes – 5
Babies at Thembiso at the moment – 6
Nappies, formula milk and wetwipes is our greatest need

Our Needs at Thembiso are extensive.  We are always looking for people with skills in medicine, fundraising, marketing, people relations, and maintenance, but our biggest needs are monthly material expenses such as nappies, baby formula, baby lotion and shampoo. In addition there are financial needs to be met. It costs approximately R130 per day to care for a baby taking all these needs into account. We do receive just over R300 per baby from the government. This is obviously not enough to care for the babies.

And supporting them is so very very easy:

thembiso-house

I’ve made my donation, will you please make one too?

Thembiso Donation

Visit their website of find them on Face Book to find out more on how you can get involved or make a donation. 

Visit World Adoption Day’s website to find out how you can get involved in raising awareness or becoming an ambassador. 

You can also follow them on Instagram, Twitter and Face Book.

October 19, 2016
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