Baby Hatches have been set up recently in many countries to combat an overwhelming number of abandoned babies. Babies are placed inside to keep them warm and sheltered before they can be taken to a police station. However, at the Neema House, we aren’t a baby hatch.
When babies are abandoned, local authorities contact us. Each baby has a dedicated caregiver. Our kitchen walls are covered with individual baby schedules and care plans. During the holidays, caregivers bring their babies home for a real Christmas celebration complete with extended families who will show them the love of a family.
Our first priority is to find parents, grandparents, and birth families. Parents abandon children for many reasons, such as lack of funds, housing, or a job. They want to raise their children, but can’t due to external stress. We don’t want to ever encourage the abandonment of children to a Baby Hatch, but rather always encourage families to care for their children when possible. If we can walk with these families and strengthen them, the children will grow up loved and wanted. For example, recently a young woman could not find a job, and thus, could not care for her baby. Any job she found, she must also pay for childcare. There wasn’t any way for her to earn enough to buy food, housing, water, and needs plus childcare for her infant. We offered this young woman a job washing the clothes at the Neema House. As you can imagine, tiny burp clothes, bibs, and cloth diapers add up quickly!! This solution provided needed relief for the Neema House caregivers to focus more attention on the children, and provides a job for a young woman. She can even bring her sweet baby to work with her as she washes and folds the clothes!
Peace’s mother died during childbirth, and her father dearly loved her. However, he couldn’t care for tiny, premature Peace around the clock while working and providing for himself and Peace’s older brother. We were honored to care for Peace for several months until she was able to return to her father’s house. We continue to check in with the family each week providing care and support to this full-time father.
Many of our children who could not be reunified with their biological family have found forever families with loving adoptive families. The Neema House works with local authorities and adoption agencies to match children to prospective parents for adoption eligible children. We have also developed a network of Foster-to-Adopt families, placing an abandoned baby with a loving family earlier in the process. We walk alongside these families to help them get settled and provide parenting support.
We believe that all are created in the image of God and that orphans and widows, many of whom suffer from poverty-related diseases, are precious to our Lord. We boldly seek to love, protect and care for them, strengthening their family units and assisting them to become self-sustaining.
We aren’t a baby hatch. We are an Infant Rescue Ministry and we are #hereforgood.