Emotions running high, with children crying and begging not to be removed from their places of safety.
Yet, almost no compassion was shown to the children as the Department of Social Development (DSD) removed the children of Home Meah and Morester Children’s Home on February 16. Their reasoning for this removal?
Allegations of abuse were reported, stemming from the Morester Children’s Home in Ladysmith, saw the Department descend on the two Newcastle homes. The reason is that both Morester Children’s Home and Home Meah fall under the same umbrella as the home in Ladysmith.
While the Newcastle community was up in arms about the ordeal, the traumatic event making national headlines, it seems news around the event has simmered down, with the children safely returned to their respective places of safety.
However, nearly four months following the event, the court battle between the DSD and the KZN Christian Social Services continues. The KZN Christian Social Services is the organisation which the homes fall under.
As the court battle continues, Home Meah is facing challenges following the incident.
“There have been delays in the court proceedings and this has resulted in Home Meah facing challenges in its operations,” says Susan Theunissen of Home Meah.
These challenges include the running costs of the home, in terms of paying for water, rent, electricity.
“We have received immense support from the community over the past week. But we do need more assistance in the upcoming three months with these running costs,” Susan emphasises.
Home Meah also needs the following items for the 17 babies in its care:
- Baby powder
- Body cream
- Wet wipes
- Baby formula
- Hand soap
- Peanut Butter
- Rooibos tea
- Sta Soft
- Handy Andy
- Washing powder
With Home Meah facing financial constraints, Susan says they will greatly appreciate as much help as possible.
As we go into the winter months, will you make a difference to a child’s life? To assist Home Meah, contact Susan Theunissen on 034 312 2580.
Let us pull together Newcastillians and show our true South African spirit in support of Home Meah and all who call it home.