MUST READ: Home Meah on a mission to stay afloat

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The staff of Home Meah is determined to keep the home afloat.

Home Meah Child and Youth Care Centre is the only registered baby home in the Amajuba District, in terms of the Children’s Act.

Research on early childhood development (ECD) confirms the importance of the developmental phase in a baby/child’s life, in order to become socially balanced.

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This has an impact on educational, physical and psychological development.

A healthy society starts with babies and children who are being nurtured, while experiencing care and residing in a safe environment.

The facility renders a much needed service in taking care of abandoned, abused and neglected babies from the wider Newcastle area.

The home is registered to accommodate 15 babies from birth to two-years-old, and has been full to capacity since April 2017, with weekly requests for admissions.

It also provides job opportunities for six full time and two part-time staff members.

Home Meah receives funding from the Department of Social Development by way of subsidies.

However, the department does not provide all the necessary funding and therefore there is a shortfall of around R6 000 per month on running costs.

This creates additional challenges regarding its day-to-day operations and its future.

“The home established its own local management committee in August 2017, which will initiate several fundraising events in order to address the financial situation.”

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The first event will be a golf day at Kilbarchan Golf Club on September 30.

Committee members thanked the community for its interest in Home Meah, volunteers helping out, and those who donated nappies, formula milk, food, toys and clothing.

Home Meah is a non-profit organisation and money and other donations are utilised solely towards the goal of the home.

Donations can be made with the following banking details:

Morester Home Meah,
Absa Bank (Newcastle),
Cheque account
Account number 4092500569.

For more information, contact social worker, Susan Theunissen on 034 312 2580, or 084 643 2179 or Chairman, Heinrich Theunissen on 084 607 5448.

  AUTHOR
Zianne Leibrandt

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