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Adopt-A-Cot because Babies Lives Matter!

by TLC Ministries
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Adopt-A-Cot because Babies Lives Matter!
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Adopt-A-Cot because Babies Lives Matter!
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Adopt-A-Cot because Babies Lives Matter!
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Christmas Blessings
Christmas Blessings

Dear Friends,

As always we are so incredibly grateful for all those who believe in our work and decide to support our home. It is literally what keeps us going and able to continue providing love and quality care to the little heroes in our home. For those who are able to pledge monthly support this is one of the greatest gifts we could ask for in helping us to realistically predict our financial sustainability from one month to the next. 

In the past few months we had to say some difficult and heartwrenching goodbyes as some of the little ones in our home were placed in their forever families as well as one of our oldest charges was transferred to a home that will be able to better provide for her severe special needs. It definitely put strain on all our hearts, but, as the seasons of life and love continue without rest in our home we are always reminded of the need to focus our attention on the vulnerable babies who need us in our home. And just before Christmas we welcomed 4 newborns into our home, and they have been such sweet delight. It is always such an honour to play this vital role of support in the foundation of their little lives. Thank you for helping us in achieving this. 

In other news... We have a big announcement to make. TLC is moving.

It’s been just over a year since TLC communicated that it was going to have to close its doors. But thanks to your unwavering support and real commitment we have survived another year! Thank you so much! We are confident that your longstanding support reflects your interest in our efforts to keep, the important work TLC does, going. We encourage you to read this note with an open heart and mind.

2019 was a difficult year and the Management Team and our deeply committed Board have had a long hard look at the issues we face and how to make our home more resilient in the face of these many challenges. I am happy to tell you we have found a way but it is a big deal and so here I am sharing with you some of the details around our plans to move TLC Children’s Home from its home for the last 22 years.

A move of this nature is a big decision and was not one made lightly. The current TLC premises represents not simply just our home, but also a significant part of who we are, as it may for you. We have memories here that are interwoven into our very selves. We have invested the deepest parts of our hearts into making this place “Home” for hundreds of babies when they needed us, and we did a lot of soul searching before coming to the realisation that we could still do that but from a better location.

We have been communicating our biggest challenges for years now, and they remain our financial sustainability and our physical security.

After a rigorous year we believe the best shot we have of continuing the important work we do is to move the Children’s Home to a smaller, more safely located premises, not far from our current site.

By reducing the size of the property, we would naturally reduce the expense incurred in its maintenance, staffing and securing.

The additional benefit is that the property we have identified is in a “secure suburb”, (an area with restricted access) and on a panhandle property buffered on 3 sides by neighbours. It is a much more secure environment and not near the Informal settlement, where our current, continuous crime incursions stem from.

By staying within a 10-minute drive of our current site we preserve our local support base and maintain our government registration which depends on us providing our services in the area.

We really hope you will support us during this transition and that you may even consider going out of your way to help us grow our network of supporters so that we can mobilise as many resources as possible to make this happen quickly.

We will be able to literally pick up and move our operations as soon as the site is ready, so from that side there will be minimal expense.

The bigger challenge of course is to raise as much of our goal of $330 000 (R5 Million) as possible to cover the costs of the purchase and renovations to make the property work as efficiently as possible for our purposes. We are already working hard at nurturing some great construction and supplier partnerships, which is helping to bring down costs considerably. 

I know it seems like a lot, but we are going to make a push for it so that the loan we are securing from the bank can be as small a burden as possible.

Please join us in putting your thinking cap on and let’s find a way to keep TLC working!

We love and appreciate your support so much. Please feel welcome to connect with me directly if you’d like to talk through any ideas or if you just want to chat about things.

Hopefully yours

Pippa Jarvis

Managing Director
pippa@tlc.org.za

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TLC is Moving
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To Our Dearset Adopt-A-Cot Team,

As the year draws to a close we would like to send out a massive Thank You to all of you have made a HUGE impact on our ability to make it through this year. Without our regular monthly supporters we would truly not have made it through this year.  As the seasons have changed, TLC has also started to contemplate new and exciting changes for our future. We can't wait to share the news with you soon, but for now we'd like to share what's happened in the past few months.

While placements of our little ones into families are frustratingly slow we have place a few of our precious ones in to families and over the past few months welcomed 3 newborns. While our day to day lives are filled with all the joys and dramas that come with fullitme, family-focussed childcare our team are always pushing themselves to do their very best on all fronts.

On the 5th of September Joanna (our CYCC Manager) and Pippa (Our MD) attended the Hope and Homes Seminar

There were many great lessons shared throughout the day, but the main thoughts I came away with were shared on TLC's LinkedIn Page:

"The key to implementing the strategy of De-institutionalisation is strengthening the links between all stakeholders! Families (both biological and Foster families) must feel and be supported by an accessible, competent and comprehensive support system that is flexible enough to find individual solutions for the complex nature of the human condition. We are excited to be part of the South African Child Protection support system and are always looking for ways to reach across to bridge the gap where need exists in our community. We have always believed that Families are best for babies... And we will continue to support and strengthen families to make this happen!" - Pippa Jarvis.

Beyond this we have also been trying to raise the the profile of TLC to get much needed exposure in hopes of expanding our support base. We had a few great opportunities to talk about TLC on local radio a few times recently. Click here to listen to these interviews on YouTube. Remember to subscribe to get notifications sent to you whenever we post new content.  

We also recently decided to enter the sme.africa and Sasfin unseen heroes competition a couple weeks ago. We never imagined the kind of amazing support we'd get from so many people rallying around us to help us realize this amazing opportunity of winning prime billboard space! We were able to get to 2nd place in less than a week!

We are completely blown away by the support and want to share our deepest, heartfelt thanks to each and every person who has helped us get this far! We really hope we can get to the number 1 spot and maintain it until 16:00 on the 3rd of December.

If you haven't voted and shared yet please do! Share the below image with your friends and family over to encourage them to vote.

And Lastly, in the build up to Giving Tuesday we have posted a couple Adopt-A-Cot Video Visits between a selection of our Adopt-A-Cot members and the babies they sponsor. It has been a truly beautiful opportunity to facilitate these meetings between our little ones and the people who are personally invested in their well-being.  

We will be sending an Project Appeal on Giving Tuesday to ask for a little gift on the day;. If you are able please help us to achieve our target of 100 unique donors on Giving Tuesday. 

It is our hope this festive season brings each of you special blessings and joyous memories. Thank you for being a part of our village. We are excited for the future and can't wait to see what 2020 holds for all of us!

As always if you ever have any questions, comments or suggestions I'm always eager to hear from our valued supporters.

With Heartfelt Thanks and
Kind Regards,
Faith Abrahams

Newest Member of our TLC Family
Newest Member of our TLC Family
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Spring is on it's Way!

Hello Wonderful Supporters!

As spring starts approching here in the southern hemisphere, there is definitely a sense of new beginnings at TLC. We have a number of placements in progress for some of our babies into families of their own! What a wonderful blessing. As well as a few precious newborns join our TLC family over the last few months! <3 

In this update we wanted to remind you how YOU truly are the life blood of our organisation! Without our Adopt-A-Cot supporters there is no way we would be able to get by every month.

TLC Children's Home is now 37% funded towards our monthly costs through our Adopt-A-Cot program. We have had some new supporters and businesses sign up to bring us to just over a third of our monthly needs met.

We are on the right track but still need to secure the remaining 63% monthly sponsorship to sustain our work of caring for vulnerable and at-risk babies and children.

In Rands, we still require R220,000 (about $14 300) of dedicated monthly funds to cover our costs.
At the moment, our most urgent needs are:

School Fees:
We need a further R60,000 (about $4000) a month to cover this cost. We are currently a month behind in payments.

Food: 
Our monthly food bill is R40,000 (about $2600) and we are consistently running short of supplies.

We've done the math!

If each of our 305 Active Adopt-A-Cot supporters encouraged just 2 other individuals to each donate $10 a month through Adopt-A-Cot we would be over 90% funded! 

That's our goal! To achieve our dream of working in an environment where we don't have to worry about how we're going to make it through every month, and rather keep our focus on giving the best possible love and care to the little ones in our home, while we fight for their right to be placed as rapidly and responsibly as possible into a loving family of their own. 

Thank you for being on our team and supporting this vision! For joining us in fulfilling our life-saving work for the vulnerable babies and children in our care!

As always if you ever have any questions, comments or suggestions please don't hesitate to get in touch with me.

With Much Appreciation and
Kind Regards

Faith Abrahams Communications Manager

M: +27 83 382 0678 | E: faithj@tlc.org.za 

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Fresh Faces at TLC!
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Climbing to better things!
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Reaching for our Dreams!

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Working Hard for our Little Ones!
Working Hard for our Little Ones!

To Our Dearest Adopt-A-Cot Supporters,

We can say in, no uncertain terms, that these past months have been some of the most trying times in the history of TLC. We have been pushing ourselves harder than ever to focus on what our organisation needs to continue providing the much needed support to the little heroes that call TLC home. It has been a difficult road, but through the struggle we have seen amazing acts of kindness and generosity that have helped us along to a point where we see the light of our future glimmering before us again. 

We are immensely humbled and grateful to each person who had walked this journey with us in person or in spirit. All the individual acts of support, messages, prayers, donations and helping hands of those rooting for us were a powerful gift in carrying us through. While we still struggle with a financial shortfall every month we are pleased so say we can revise our six month timeline and will be going forward to continue growing our financial sustainablity to continue serving the vulnerable little lives of our communities for as long as we are needed. 

Some updates -

Over the last couple of months we have placed 2 of our older children into homes. It is always such a struggle to readjust as a family - especially for their little peers, we know that families are the best place for a child, but it's not always easy to explain this difficult reality to little hearts and minds. <3 This is a big reason why we try so hard to make each child's placement into a forever family as rapid and responsible as possible. Unfortunately the legal and bureaucratic system we function in is not as consciensious. 

We have taken in 5 newborns in the last 3 months. Our hearts are filled with the joys and heartache that we experience in the beautiful yet tragic moments of these new little lives joining our family. 

To ensure that we continue to be the safe, loving, intemediary space that these little lives so desperately need, over the coming months our board and management team, along with a specially appointed professional consultant, we will be strategising and setting in motion some big plans to strengthen TLC going into the future. We hope to have some exciting updates for you in our next report!

Again, we are so incredibly grateful to you for walking this journey along side us!

With Hope and Gratitude,
Faith Abrahams 

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Story Time with Teacher Martha!
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Goodbyes are such sweet sorrow. <3 ... </3
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Hope on the Horizon

Welcome to All our new Adopt-A-Cot members!
And to our pre-exsisting supporters thank you for sticking with us through this difficult time!
We cannot thank you enough. <3 

Since our last heartbreaking announcement in December (see below), we are so grateful to be able to tell you that there is hope on the horizon for TLC! After gratefully receiving many new pledges of support we have now officially moved the benchmark for re-evaluating the threat of TLC's closure to the end of 2019! We are hopeful that we will be able to secure the sustainable funding needed to keep us going for as long as there are babies that need our services. <3

Here are our latest Adopt-A-Cot Fast Facts:

  • We have R104,400 of our R350,000 monthly costs funded.
  • 1,044 cots adopted of 3,500
  • 100 cots cover the costs of 1 child = R10,000, US$730, €640, £566
  • 10 children are fully sponsored! Yay!
  • We're nearly a third of the way. Let's get that number even higher!

We often get asked why it costs so much to care for a baby every month. This is our answer:

While this figure may seem exorbitant for one child, especially in comparison to a regular family environment, we have many costs associated with providing 24 hour, quality care for each child in our home which we have averaged out between the children to make up this figure. To give you some insight I will elaborate on the detail of these costs below =) 

Please bear in mind these costs were significantly lower even just a few years ago. With the ever increasing cost of living in SA many of the following costs have dramatically increased over the past few years: 24 hour care (caregivers and teachers), an onsite social worker, support staff to ensure our facility runs smoothly (cleaning, cooking, grounds and maintenance), logistical expenses (drivers, vehicle services and maintenance, fuel for school runs, grocery runs, taking children to court, taking children for their vaccinations or therapy, occasional outings, collecting donations, etc.), consumable expenses (formula, nappies, food, juice, wetwipes, toiletries, cleaning products, household products, etc), medical expenses (medication, syringes, plasters, teething gels, nebulizers, apnoea mats, etc.) , therapy expenses (occupational, physio, speech, etc.), schooling equipment and fees (most of our children over 2years are schooled onsite, however we do have a few children in grade R and primary school which include special needs and remedial schools, pre-school), refuse collection, laundry maintenance (because of the high volume of laundry we do our machines need regular maintenance and repair), electricity bills, security bills, management and administrational costs. 

I hope this gives you a clearer understanding. Also, please know we are audited by the DSD regularly and had an extensive private audit done last year. We are committed to transparency and handling our funds responsibly. 

Once again, from the entire
TLC Team (all the babies and children included), Thank you for your love and dedication in supporting our home. We really could not provide the loving care to these little ones without your support. You make all the difference in ensuring we can be the safe space these little ones can thrive in while we look for their forever families. <3 

We appreciate you more than we can ever express!

As always if there are any questions, comments or suggestions please don't hesitate to get in touch.

With Sincere Gratitude and
Kind Regards,
Faith Abrahams
Communications Manager.

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Delicious and Nutritious Christmas Breakfast!
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TLC Ministries

Location: Johannesburg, Gauteng - South Africa
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Twitter: @TLChildrensHome
Project Leader:
Faith Abrahams
Communications Manager
Johannesburg, Gauteng South Africa
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