On Wednesday 18th July, Mandela Day, we handed a cheque for R50 000 to Atlantic Hope based in an area where we often film. (its a safe house so we cannot share more info on where it is)
Atlantic Hope was founded by Marilyn May, an Enrolled Staff nurse registered with the South African Nursing Council and a member of the Society of Private Nurse Practitioners of South Africa.
She has over a decade of experience and expertise as a nurse in well-baby clinics, as a lactation counsellor, and as an Advanced Doula registered through WOMBS. She has successfully completed the Safe Care and Foster Parent Training Programme at Agape Community Services.
Marilyn is recognised by the Provincial Western Cape Department of Social Development as an approved safety parent, with a focus on child protection, and works closely with numerous Social Services in the Western Cape and surrounds.
Established in 2010, Atlantic Hope is a safety house for vulnerable babies, providing temporary and immediate placement within a safe and loving environment.
They provide basic developmental, physical and mental care. Medical needs are prioritised, and babies are fed, kept warm, and given affection in a stable environment.
Atlantic Hope is legally approved to house up to six babies at one time, for short stays. We look to accommodate more babies for longer stays, providing care whilst legal decisions and proceedings determining the child’s future are conducted. This vision would require larger premises as currently we operate out of the founder’s home.