Samaritan paints NGO’s fading wall

A Sunnyside haven offering hope to unwanted babies and their desperate mothers has received a face-lift.

Good Samaritan Jackie Trytsman initiated the repainting of the wall of the children’s refuge.

Trytsman said she and her team felt it was necessary for the baby wall to be painted as its colour had faded.

“We gave the wall a face-lift last year so that people can see the wall and its importance,” said the Samaritan.

She said the idea was also to draw attention as the wall, painting it with vibrant colours.

“We are not sure if there are lot of people who know about the wall of the New Beginningz NGO. Or that there are lots of babies who are placed inside this wall,” said the samaritan.

The wall is used by Sunnyside mothers who cannot take care of their new-born children.

The baby wall comes with a slot where desperate mothers can safely leave unwanted babies.

The founder of the NGO Tahiyya Hassim said the slot was a big post box where unwanted babies could be left anonymously.

“We ask no questions,” assured Hassim.

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Hassim said the baby wall offered a safe option to mothers who wanted to give up their children.

“We wanted to create a space that would help mothers to give their newborn babies a safer home rather than dumping them in dustbins, toilets, pit latrines, parks or streets,” said Hassim.

“We want to offer desperate mothers and destitute babies a safe alternative as many of the babies we work with come from Sunnyside this was the perfect area to have a facility like this.”

The baby wall was officially opened on the March 10 in 2008, and in 2010 another one was opened in Atteridgeville.

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Thato Mahlangu
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