Stories of hope
“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” – Nelson Mandela
Working at JJ Haven is stressful, and often heartbreaking. Sometimes abandoned or ill children are too sick to survive, and most have been permanently damaged or traumatised in some way. Molly sadly remembers how one day, one of the caregivers came to tell her that one of the infant boys had passed away in his cot. Molly quickly rushed to his bed to check if he was still breathing. He was. He noticed Molly’s presence, opened his eyes, looked at her and then closed them again and passed away peacefully.
Every child’s story at JJ Haven is a testimony to the power of the love and faith which have made Jehovah Jireh Haven what it is today: a place where children are protected, educated and empowered. Molly, Neels and the 15 caregivers who work at the home see this as their calling, firm in their belief that they do God’s work.
This little boy lives with the Bams. A few years ago his parents passed away from HIV/AIDS. His Grandmother is in poor health and still lives in the township. She is unable to look after him for most of the year, but he visits her during the holiday. On his last visit, his Granny gave him R1.00 to go and buy sweets. As he was walking to the store, a drunk taxi driver swerved onto the curb and hit him. Molly was heartbroken, praying for his recovery while he was in hospital.
Please note that not all of the children at JJ Haven have been described, and we have not used the children’s real names, in order to protect their confidentiality. These stories were chosen because they are typical examples of how our children have survived and triumphed.
Information provided by Pia Roser. For further information, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org