The Williams Hunt Port Elizabeth dealership chose the Lelethu Baby Shelter as their Childlife Foundation project for 2011, assisting them with much needed renovations to the property. The Lelethu Baby Shelter, which focuses on providing care and shelter to abandoned and abused babies is part of the U’mephi (Children’s) Programme of the AFM Executive Welfare Council, which oversees 24 baby shelters throughout South Africa.
Lelethu, which means “ours” in Xhosa, opened their doors in October 2004 and since then has seen 108 babies pass through their home. Currently there are 12 babies being looked after at the shelter.
Each child is placed with Lelethu through the Children’s Court, by court order, with the shelter serving as a temporary safe home until the court case is finalised and a permanent placing is found for them. Permanent placements either see the child returning to their family, being placed into foster care or being adopted.
While at Lelethu, the baby receives the best possible care, with caregivers working around the clock to ensure that the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of each child is met on a daily basis.
Since having started the project, Williams Hunt Port Elizabeth has had additional cupboards installed for that all important storage space and have begun work on the maintenance of the outside of the building, which was in need of some tender loving care. This included replacing two back doors, repairing the washing line and fixing the roof and ceilings. They have also bought a nebuliser, a device used to administer medication in the form of a mist inhaled into the lungs, and have committed to buying a washing machine, microwave and additional baby accessories as the need arises.
“We are deeply grateful to Williams Hunt for the major makeover of our home – all we can say is a BIG THANK YOU!”