The child and youth care centre TLC (The Love Of Christ Children’s Home) recently announced that they will close in six months unless they meet their mandatory operational requirement payments to pay off a debt of R1-million, and thereafter secure ongoing monthly funding of R350 000. One of the reasons for this threat of closure is the Lotto has withheld its funding.
After 25 years of dedicated, passionate advocacy and the mission to provide a refuge for any baby or child in need of care whether they have been abandoned, neglected, orphaned or abused – TLC has announced they will be closing in 6 months due to financial and structural challenges within the organisation.
TLC was started in 1993 through Thea Jarvis’ passion for vulnerable babies, with her daughters Pippa and Joanna.
“We started in the organisation our 4 bedroom suburban home in Mulbarton, South of Johannesburg. The Catholic community, which our family belongs to, helped with much of the funding in the early years to get the organisation off the ground. We care for 34 vulnerable infants and children. We have placed over 900 babies into their forever families over our 25 years of operation.
“Babies come to us in a number of ways. We have relationships with hospitals, police stations and the Department of Social development in our area. When these places find an abandoned baby they call us to ask if we have space to admit the child into our home. Occasionally, a mother will bring her baby to us herself but this is rare.
“We have 20 individuals which make up our staff team. Four of these staff members are in admin positions, and 16 are the support staff such as caregivers, preschool teachers, cleaning staff, cooks, driver, groundsman. Financially we need reliable monthly funding of R350 000 per month to maintain the living standards for the children and ensure they are well looked after. We do get a grant from the Department of Social Development every three months, which covers about 14 percent of our running costs.
“We have seen the difference our early intervention has had in the over 900 little lives of those who have past through our home. Whether it be the ones who have performed on grand stages like America’s Got Talent, Carnegie Hall or just flourishing at being themselves, each child has a life to live and a story to tell through the solid foundation we helped to build during their time with us. We would never take credit for their achievements, but it is humbling to know we have played a significant role in the lives of so many amazing individuals, and we hope we are given the chance to continue playing that part in the lives of the vulnerable babies who need us, for as long as we are needed.
How You Can Help
“We also have a wish list, which can be seen on our website, which are monthly items such as nappies, baby food, non-perishable food, clothes, educational toys and supplies that will alleviate the cost of the home. We would love for the public to adopt-a-cot for just R100 a month to help us secure the R350 000 monthly funding. The public can also help by donating product, money or even volunteer but right now, our key focus is paying off our debt.
(TLC has currently raised 50 percent of their R1-million debt and have 311 “cots” adopted of their 3 500 target).
For donations go to: Donating Items
To adopt a cot: Adopt A cot