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Shepherd's Keep, Durban, South Africa

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Address: 1195 Bluff Road Bluff
Durban, 4052  
South Africa
Fax: +27 865435077
Number of Volunteers Serving Nationally: 50
Number of People Being Served: 100
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Mission Statement


MISSION STATEMENT SHEPHERDS KEEP IS A HOME FOR ABANDONED BABIES, HIV POSITIVE OR NOT, FROM BIRTH TO 6 MONTHS OLD. OUR MISSION IS TO PROVIDE: A high care facility for babies from birth to six months old A 24 hour facility High adoption/foster rate Individual holistic medical/nutritional plans Hospice for terminally ill babies AIDS awareness training and counselling To uphold at all times, the values which underline SHEPHERDS KEEP, namely: UNCONDITIONAL LOVE for abandoned babies INTEGRITY within organisations operation EXCELLENCE of care and dedication of staff COMMITMENT to continued upliftment of abandoned babies and community At all times to ensure the results of our efforts are consistent with our mission statement and uniqueness.

Description


Shepherd's Keep was founded in 1998 by Colin and Cheryl Pratley after the Lord gave Cheryl a vision of the home she needed to establish. The toll of the HIV epidemic has tragically impacted the rate of abandonment and also the number of babies orphaned due to their parents dying from AIDS related illness. Shepherd's Keep is a place of love and restoration, these tiny little babies arrive shocked, starved and sometimes just hanging onto life by a thread. We immediately begin restoring them to health, both physically and emotionally while social workers source loving forever families for them. When a baby is terminally ill, it is our privilege to comfort them and hold them until they take their last breath. For some of them, we are the only arms they will ever know and the look of bewilderment in their eyes lives with us. But, we are blessed that we are in a position to make their quality of life as high and as painfree as is humanly possible while they are with us. Volunteers form an integral part of our organisation and we value the time, effort and joy they bring to the babies. They are extra pairs of loving arms, comforting and cherishing these little blessings. Our volunteer program runs for 3 - 6 months and accommodation and self-catering facilities are provided on site. We also provide transport to local supermarkets and sightseeing attractions. Hours of work are flexible, with the caregivers working from 6:30am to 5:30am dayshift and vice versa for nightshift. The building is beautiful, sunny and airy and has an alarm system which makes it safe and secure. The gardens are tranquil and the chapel is cool in summer - a good place to put your feet up with a cup of coffee! We are not in a rural area, but close to gorgeous beaches and all amenities. We ask a donationof $450 per month to cover our utility bills as we are non-profit and rely on donations for our existence and the running costs are huge as our caregivers are paid and we buy all supplies such as formula and nappies. Volunteers will be able to work directly with our babies, caring for them, feeding, changing and bathing them. It is advisable, although not imperative that volunteers have some experience with babies.

Shepherd's Keep was founded in 1998 by Colin and Cheryl Pratley after the Lord gave Cheryl a vision of the home she needed to establish. The toll of the HIV epidemic has tragically impacted the rate of abandonment and also the number of babies orphaned due to their parents dying from AIDS related illness. Shepherd's Keep is a place of love and restoration, these tiny little babies arrive shocked, starved and sometimes just hanging onto life by a thread. We immediately begin restoring them to health, both physically and emotionally while social workers source loving forever families for them. When a baby is terminally ill, it is our privilege to comfort them and hold them until they take their last breath. For some of them, we are the only arms they will ever know and the look of bewilderment in their eyes lives with us. But, we are blessed that we are in a position to make their quality of life as high and as painfree as is humanly possible while they are with us. Volunteers form an integral part of our organisation and we value the time, effort and joy they bring to the babies. They are extra pairs of loving arms, comforting and cherishing these little blessings. Our volunteer program runs for 3 - 6 months and accommodation and self-catering facilities are provided on site. We also provide transport to local supermarkets and sightseeing attractions. Hours of work are flexible, with the caregivers working from 6:30am to 5:30am dayshift and vice versa for nightshift. The building is beautiful, sunny and airy and has an alarm system which makes it safe and secure. The gardens are tranquil and the chapel is cool in summer - a good place to put your feet up with a cup of coffee! We are not in a rural area, but close to gorgeous beaches and all amenities. We ask a donationof $450 per month to cover our utility bills as we are non-profit and rely on donations for our existence and the running costs are huge as our caregivers are paid and we buy all supplies such as formula and nappies. Volunteers will be able to work directly with our babies, caring for them, feeding, changing and bathing them. It is advisable, although not imperative that volunteers have some experience with babies.

Mission Statement: MISSION STATEMENT SHEPHERDS KEEP IS A HOME FOR ABANDONED BABIES, HIV POSITIVE OR NOT, FROM BIRTH TO 6 MONTHS OLD. OUR MISSION IS TO PROVIDE: A high care facility for babies from birth to six months old A 24 hour facility High adoption/foster rate Individual holistic medical/nutritional plans Hospice for terminally ill babies AIDS awareness training and counselling To uphold at all times, the values which underline SHEPHERDS KEEP, namely: UNCONDITIONAL LOVE for abandoned babies INTEGRITY within organisations operation EXCELLENCE of care and dedication of staff COMMITMENT to continued upliftment of abandoned babies and community At all times to ensure the results of our efforts are consistent with our mission statement and uniqueness.

Organizational Statement of Faith


SHEPHERDS KEEP STATEMENT OF PURPOSE THE OVERALL GOAL OF SHEPHERDS KEEP IS TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR BABIES WITH HIV/AIDS, TO ENDEAVOUR TO ENCOURAGE ADOPTION AND FOSTERING OF ABANDONED/ORPHANED BABIES INTO FAMILIES AND TO CREATE AIDS AWARENESS THROUGH EDUCATION, TRAINING AND COUNSELLING, THEREBY REDUCING THE HIV/AIDS INFECTION RATE IN SOUTHERN AFRICA. THIS WE WILL DO IN THE NAME OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST AND FOR HIS GLORY.


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Program Type:


Health Program

Do you Require Formal Orientation Training?


Yes