Baby Run / Project 2016 [REPORT]

Date / Duration : 03 August 2016 to 31 October 2016
432 Diaper bags (with baby essentials)

In South Africa, tens of thousands of mothers are either single, mostly unemployed, or with no financial resources. Bringing a baby into a world where she does not have enough for herself is difficult and stressful. This project aimed to help mothers in need with a baby hamper or assisting community groups or crisis centers with nappies, baby formula or clothing and donating baby hampers. Who knew there would be so many baby goods in good condition to be given away? The response was overwhelming with may mothers taking their time in wrapping and labeling each item of clothes. Others were wrapped in ribbons and gift bags. The clothes and accessories were so much, we stopped counting. In addition to donating baby goods to needy individuals and babyhouses, Colours of Hope also donated 300 nappy bags filled baby essentials as well as sanitary towels for the underprivileged mums. The Vaal Muslim Womens Forum added 100 nappy bags, totaling 432 nappy bags distributed to the needy, excluding baby hampers.

Of the 100 bags donated by the Vaal Muslim Womens Forum (VMWF), 74 nappy bags were donated to the Hillbrow Community Health Centre on 10 November 2017 by Colours of Hope (COH) and the VMWF. 26 bags were given to VMWF member, Juby Jada who handed out the bags as needed to the disadvantaged in the community.

Apart from several needy and destitute individuals, baby goods were donated to the following organisations:
Adopt A Muaddhin Project in Durban, KwaZulu Natal (Shaeda Jhazbhay) Baobab Babies Doulas in East and West Rand, Gauteng (Sandy Paulo) GRIP (Greater Rape Intervention Project) in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga (Sakina Mohamed), Home Meah in Newcastle, KwaZulu Natal (Ria Naudé)
House of Grace Richards Bay, KwaZulu Natal (Precious)
Mzingazi informal settlement in Richards Bay, KwaZulu Natal
Ngwana Babyhouse in Polokwane, Limpopo (Amanda Koekemoer) The Grace Factory in Sandton, Gauteng (Alison Wright)
The Salvation Army, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal (Paula Robinson)

Recipients of nappy bags filled with baby essentials:
Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital (Coronationville, Johannesburg)
22 bags – First Distribution (01 November 2016)
29 bags – Second Distrubution (07 November 2016) 27 bags – Third Distibuion (08 November 2016)

Hillbrow Community Health Centre (Hillbrow, Johannesburg)
30 bags – First distribution (10 November 2016)
22 bags – Second distribution (17 November 2016) 17 bags – Third distribution (01 December 2016)

Charlotte Maxeke (Johannesburg General) Hospital
30 bags (19 November 2016)

Alex Aids Orphan Project (Alexandra Township, Johannesburg)
30 bags (19 November 2016)

Mofolo Community Health Centre (Soweto, Johannesburg)
16 bags (24 November 2016)

Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital (Johannesburg, Gauteng)
28 bags (05 January 2017) 19 hampers

Individual recipients
81 bags (from October to December 2016)