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“It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.” Nelson Mandela
‘Babies Behind Bars’ is a registered Non Profit Organization (NPO#: 100316) as well as a Public Benefit Organization (PBO#: 930035508) based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
We operate in all Correctional Centres which house mothers and children across the country, as well as in four in neighbouring countries Namibia and Swaziland.
Ms. Romy Titus is the Founder and Director and started the charity in 2007 out of her Randburg home, when she realised that there was a great need to assist children born behind bars.
The main purpose of the organization is to care for children ages 0-2 years who are born and live in jail with their incarcerated mothers. The children who by law have to leave at the age of 2 years are subjected to a rather harsh life behind bars and at times, their most basic needs are not cared for.
‘Babies Behind Bars’ has made it its mission to ensure that their baby supplies are catered for, such as sufficient nutrition, clothing catered to the seasons, disposable nappies, blankets, educational toys, bottles and toiletries. Our passion is little people and we believe that prison born babies should not be denied the right to a comfortable life while they’re behind bars, and so we continue to voluntarily pledge our time to making a difference. Based on prison statistics, 85% of our donations go towards black recipients.
The organizations main objective is as our motto goes: ‘Unlocking Hope’
Raising a child behind bars, must be one of the scariest scenarios. No baby-shower, no floral bouquets, no family kissing the cheeks of your little bundle. We bring hope by uplifting the mothers and children through our projects and monthly donations and ensuring that the moms have what is needed to raise happy and healthy babies.
Our mission is to ensure that each prison born baby in South Africa and Africa have the proper building blocks to become tomorrow’s stars! As we grow, we hope to touch the lives of every child subjected to prison life on the African continent.
“Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven” Henry Ward Beecher, Social Activist
We believe in being a link in the chain of life. Donations which make it through our doors, but cannot be used for our intended purpose, will find a home at the following registered Organizations, who too do great work!
This home is based on the grounds of Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Soweto. Children with multiple disabilities from the community are cared for during the day at the centre. They are fed, bathed, nappies changed and massaged. In class they’re kept active with games and various activities adapted to their special needs. The majority of these children are from disadvantaged backgrounds and need all the care as the majority are wheelchair bound and cannot do for themselves.
The Refilwe project lends a hand to children who have been abused, abandoned or children who for various reasons cannot live with their parents. It’s dubbed the ‘Promised Land’ and is situation in Krugersdorp. The home looks after children from infancy through to high school and the home strives to give every child that passes through their doors, a chance and an opportunity at a good life.
This home recently opened its doors in Dobsonville, Soweto after the need for a safe place for children abused and abandoned in the area caught the attention of two ladies who decided to assist in ensuring the children are kept out of harm’s way. The home is in dire need of the very basics as it recently started. We welcome clothing for ages 0-6 year olds, bedding, beds, toiletries, furniture, curtains, toys, carpets and kitchen equipment in order to assist the founders in creating a safe space for these vulnerable children.
“Every child you encounter is a divine appointment” Wes Stafford, Compassion International