With August being Women’s Month, it is only fitting that the 11 selfless caregivers at the Talitha Cumi baby house in Bloemfontein are celebrated. These women receive babies from all parts of the city and make them feel right at home.
Upon Bloemfontein Courant’s visit, all the babies were peacefully tucked away and ready for nap time. According to the mother of the house for this week, Jemina Obekeng, it takes a while to get the little ones into a routine after the trauma most of them have experienced.
She said they are currently nurturing 13 toddlers and babies who have been taken away from homes where they were abused or the parents could not take care of them. The baby house houses children from birth to two years old and when they have 14 children the house is considered full. She said that their youngest baby is five months old.
Obekeng told Bloemfontein Courant that the house has been around for nine years now and how it works is, the police or social workers bring the children to the baby house where they are meant to stay for three months. In most cases, however, they stay longer, depending on the social worker. “Some of the children go back to their families while others are fostered.” She added, “After the babies have been with us, it’s so difficult to see them leave because we become attached to them.”
She also explained that it is so important for the little ones to receive love after everything they have been through and that’s why they urge the community to come during the day from 10:00 – 11:30 and from 14:00 – 16:30 to spend time, hold and play with the children. “They need love and as we are only there during the day we cannot give them all the attention and love they deserve,” she said.
The house could also do with donations, food, formula, clothing and nappies for the children. If there is anyone who can help in any way, donations can be dropped off at Talitha Cumi House, or they can be contacted on 060-754-1574.