Who We Are
iKhaya LikaBaba is a non-profit organisation based in Empangeni, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. The name iKhaya LikaBaba is an isiZulu phrase that means “House of the Father”. Initially iKhaya was established in response to God’s call to respond to the number of babies that are abandoned in our area due to poverty related issues such as HIV, poverty, teenage pregnancy and the like. iKhaya affords the shelter, love, and the quality of care these children deserve.
Our primary goal is to have them restored with their families, or placed in adoptive or foster families whenever possible. However, we accept that there will be many for whom these options cannot be realised and we are committed to raising them to adulthood and providing a family within the body of the church because “God sets the lonely in families”. Psalm68:6a.
We provide excellent care that is individualised according to each child’s needs. Our full time staff consists of a House-Coordinator, an assistant and eight caregivers who work in pairs on a shift basis. We employ a full time social worker and a house mother. We also employ the services of full time volunteers who generally come to us from other nations and serve iKhaya as their ministry to Christ for a year. Local volunteers who consist of registered nurses, occupational therapists, doctors, physiotherapists, and maintenance assistants also serve iKhaya in the time they have available.
Our aim is to provide well-balanced physical, social, and emotional care aimed at developing each child to his or her full potential.
Who We Are Governed By
iKhaya is located on the campus of Solid Ground Church and is a ministry of the church. iKhaya is overseen by a Management Committee (Mancom) made up of members of Solid Ground Church. iKhaya’s constitution requires that there are at least three of the church’s elders on the Mancom because it is the churches view that the solution to poverty lies in the practice of good governance.
The iKhaya Approach
- Family: Caregivers and volunteers work hard to foster a sense of family by spending quality time with each child individually and in participating in group activities with the children. The children are given their own bed, cupboards, clothes, and personal belongings in order to give them the sense of ownership and individuality. However, the children are taught to share and take turns with the other children just as they would with siblings. At iKhaya every child is loved and shown how to love.
- Holistic and Comprehensive Care: This includes medical testing and treatment, clothing, nutritional diet, childhood development assessments and activities that are recreational. A few of our children are HIV positive and are cared for according to the best available protocols and caregivers are specifically trained in their care.
- Education: The children who come to iKhaya likaBaba arrive between 0-5 years of age. We aim to ensure that developmental games, activities and play create an environment rich with learning experiences and as close as possible to the environment that these children would have experienced in a stable loving home. We run an educational play group for the children who are not yet at school. Children who are found to be ready for schooling attend schools in Empangeni at age appropriate levels of preschool or primary school.
- Recreation: The children are taken on several outings each year: to the beach, the petting zoo, and other age-appropriate locations. At iKhaya, they have an indoor play room as well as two outdoor playgrounds. The volunteers organize teaching moments and play centres as well as encouraging the children to use their imaginations and create play scenarios of their own.
- Community Relations: iKhaya LikaBaba has a close partnership with the Department of Social Services, Child Welfare, the police, clinics and hospitals. This ensures that each child is given due protection and holistic care.
- Restoration, Adoption and Foster Care: We work closely with each child’s assigned social worker, and with adoption agencies, to place the child back with his/her family or in a loving foster or adoptive family as soon as possible.
- Long term Care: The best model we have seen for the long term care of children is the establishment of “cluster homes” where small “family” units are created by placing 6 to 10 children in a small home with a permanent “parent” couple or mother. To put this into practice we have built our first cluster home and have appointed a parent couple who have committed their lives to raising 5 of our children in the home. This has freed up space in the current home for more needy babies or children. We aim to use this model to care for the children who will be staying with us through to adulthood.