Just In Time Baby Sanctuary is a place of safety for abused and abandoned babies from newborn to 2 years. It is a registered Non-profit- and Non-government Organisation (185-968 NPO). The house was officially opened on the 27th of August 2016. Since its inception, Just In Time has helped 33 babies with 10 babies currently in its care.
The circumstances of the babies who are placed with Just In Time by the court varies from abandonment to neglect and abuse. The sad reality is that on average 40 babies are abandoned each month in Gauteng alone. Sometimes these babies lay in state hospitals for months where they are cup fed and they may not be picked up for any other reason other than to be fed, changed or bathed. There simply are not enough safe care facilities to cater for all of them.
Just in Time’s staff consists of the house mother, one day nanny, one Night Nanny and a cleaner who works only 2 days per week. These dedicated staff members work day and night to tend to every need of the children which also includes visits to the clinic, court and sometimes, if required by the court, supervised visits with their parents.
Our facilities include a secure, four-bedroom, two-bathroom home with a kitchen, office, play room and living area. The home also has a spacious garden and an outside room and toilet. We have one seven-seater vehicle which is used to transport volunteers, children and donations.
We are the loving arms that receive and nurture abandoned babies, and the safe and happy home every child deserves.
We ensure that every baby who enters through our door knows what a mother’s love is by tending to their every need, be it physical or emotional. Our home is a safe and stimulating environment where our babies can grow and explore in their very first years.
We see it as our duty to raise awareness in our community of the enormous societal issues of child abandonment, neglect and abuse. We take hands with organizations similar to ours as we believe that together we can have an even bigger impact.
Our 10 Goals
- Obtaining Section 18A status with SARS which will enable us to gain more financial support from companies and individuals
- Employing a full time social worker which will enable us to assist more babies
- Establishing an efficient and sustainable volunteer programme to assist with the day-to-day running of the project
- Renovating the outside room which will provide living quarters for workers.
- Purchasing a trailer to transport large donations
- Purchasing a larger vehicle for transporting children, volunteers and donations
- Installing a CCTV camera system indoors and outdoors to help ensure the safety of our babies, staff and volunteers.
- Installing an intercom system which will assist in access control ensuring the safety of our babies, staff and volunteers.
- Purchasing a jungle gym
- Purchasing the adjacent land and building cottages to provide accommodation for staff and an Early Childhood Development Centre.