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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!
Adopt-A-Cot because Babies Lives Matter!
Adopt-A-Cot because Babies Lives Matter!
Adopt-A-Cot because Babies Lives Matter!
Adopt-A-Cot because Babies Lives Matter!
Adopt-A-Cot because Babies Lives Matter!
Adopt-A-Cot because Babies Lives Matter!
Adopt-A-Cot because Babies Lives Matter!
Adopt-A-Cot because Babies Lives Matter!
Adopt-A-Cot because Babies Lives Matter!
Adopt-A-Cot because Babies Lives Matter!
Adopt-A-Cot because Babies Lives Matter!
Adopt-A-Cot because Babies Lives Matter!
Adopt-A-Cot because Babies Lives Matter!
Adopt-A-Cot because Babies Lives Matter!
Hope on the Horizon
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.

Our Little Christmas Elves!
Our Little Christmas Elves!
Delicious and Nutritious Christmas Breakfast!
Delicious and Nutritious Christmas Breakfast!
Our Babiest Babies <3
Our Babiest Babies <3

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Dear friends and incredible supporters of TLC.

It is with great sadness that we communicate that TLC will come to an end, unless there is dramatic intervention. After 25 years of dedicated, passionate advocacy for the right of every baby to a family, it is our privilege to know that over 900 babies never needed to know the horror of lifelong institutional care.

Many of you have followed our challenges over the last few years but here are a few of the big ones that each added their own weight to the problem:

  • Insufficient income. Despite our best efforts to create a financially stable institution, the costs increased faster than we could cover with donations. The lack of proper State support and the rejection of our R4 million lotto application at the very last hurdle was a huge set back.
  • The increasingly hostile attitude of politicians around the world toward adoption and the increasing incapacity of State Social Service structures has increased the average length of stay for children at TLC from 6 months to between 25 and 33 months. This has a huge impact on the investment needed to maintain the high quality of care for the 36 children at TLC.
  • Sadly, the proverbial straw that broke the camels back is the damaged relationship between TLC’s founder, Thea Jarvis and the rest of the management team at TLC.

Our current situation is that we are about US$ 72,000 (R1 million) in debt, with costs piling up daily, as we are US$ 26,000 (R350,000) short every month of what we need to cover our costs.

To even open the conversation of the child and youth care centre remaining operational, we need to pay off our debts of roughly US$ 72,000, and secure committed, reliable funding of US$ 26,000 a month (which equates to 3,500 adopted cots, please see attachments). You can donate today and get your donation matched by GlobalGiving, for Giving Tuesday.

Should we not receive this funding, we will bring TLC to a close in 6 months, which gives us time to facilitate the responsible closure of operations to ensure the best available outcome for each baby and staff member currently at TLC. 

We will keep you updated with the way forward as we walk this slow and painful path. Thank you for walking it with us.

Pippa Jarvis

 

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Adoption Day!
Adoption Day!

Dearest TLC Supporters,

What a crazy last 3 months it has been! From the high of having placed 5 babies into their loving homes and welcoming some beautiful new little chrubs into our nest, to the low of not being able to pay our staff full salaries and having our fuel account closed our emotions and stress levels have been all over the place.

The financial times in South Africa are exceedingly hard and we along with many SA organisations are feeling the serious effects of this, but our precious little heroes in our nursery never cease to keep us fully aware of why we do what we do. I'm sure it's the same reason you offer your loving support to our cause. We pride ourselves in serving the best interests of each and every child that comes through our doors, however many obsitcals we may encounter. Thank you for being a part of our amazing team of supporters! You are just as valuable as any of our caregivers, for without your support our work would undoubtedly cease. 

Adoption day's particularly put the value and purpose of our work into sharp perspective! Our purpose to provide quality care for each child as an individual is vital in allowing them to reach their full potential developmentally but also emotionally facilitating secure attachment styles; which provides a great foundation for our little ones to transition into their forever families. We also celebrated World Adoption Day on the 9th of November for which we put together a touching video of what adoption means to some of the adoptive parents connected to TLC. Find the video in the links below.  

While we are still improving our financial sustainability we are also looking to the future and considering what comminity-led programs we can start to develop that will address the tragically frequent occurance of child abandoment in our communities. We are excited by what our future might hold and where our jouney will take us in aligning our service of the babies and children in our care with their families in the community.

Lastly, As part of #GivingTuesday we are encouraging our community to help us get more Adopt-A-Cot signups! Our goal is to get 75 new signups by Tuesday 27th November, 2018. As I write this we already have 13 of the 75 signups. As part of this campaign we are encouraging our supporters to help get 5 cots sponsored through their network (that's 5 people soponsoring 1 cot of $10/£10 or one person sponsoring all 5, or any combination totaling $50/£50p/m. You get the idea) they will become an official TLC Cot Crusader in our ambassador's program. This will get them featured on our social pages, website and added to an exclusive Cot Crusaders mailing list. If you are interested or know someone who may be interested in taking this challenge (perhaps an aspiring social influencer) please share the campaign with them. The link is found below. =) 

That was a bit of a mixed bag of topics. Hope some of what I've shared here encourages you in your support of us. 
As always, we are #Foreverfaithful #ForeverGrateful. 

If you ever have any questions, comments or suggestions please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Kind Regards,

Faith Abrahams

faithj@tlc.org.za

Mother & Daughter
Mother & Daughter
Our Bears - The Big Girls of our TLC Family
Our Bears - The Big Girls of our TLC Family
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Our Giving Tuesday Goal Chart!

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Adopt-A-Cot with TLC!
Adopt-A-Cot with TLC!

TLC Children's Home has faced its share of challenges and victories in 2018! Here in the southern hemisphere, we are nearing the end of winter, which is usually our most difficult season.

 

However, this year, our 'village' has stepped up to the plate with support that warms our hearts in these cold months. To put some numbers on the impact you are making, your contributions are helping us provide 35 babies with the following each month:

  • 3,600 diapers
  • 85 tins of infant formula
  • 120 packets wipes

Our Adopt-A-Cot donor numbers are slowly climbing each month, but we have quite a way to go to reach the 3,000 additional donors we need to cover our costs fully.

 

If you are able to increase the number of cots you sponsor, you will help us reach this goal! If you are unable to (and we understand, because times are tight!), please consider sharing our cause with friends and family? If each of you gets four people to sign up, we will have the numbers we need!

 

We cannot stress enough how grateful we are that you are willing to gift us each month to help these precious little people. We know many of you live in a different country, and have not even met your tiny beneficiary (although if you have signed up to our mailing list, you will receive a monthly email about your baby). Please know that the impact is far-reaching, not only to that child, but on the family they will belong to, and the community at large.

 

We are grateful for your giving heart and thank you for your untiring support. 

If you can increase your monthly donation or recruit others, please do so today!

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TLC Family Reunion in Germany!
TLC Family Reunion in Germany!

One of the impotant ways we would like to show you the impact of your support! This is a Family Reunion photo that was taken this past weekend at our TLC Germany annual reunion which our Founder, Thea Jarvis, attends. It is a visual testimony to the impact of the Jarvis family legacy. This is it. Look no further! These are TLC's German babies, all grown up. Individuals, families, communities impacted - and you have too, because it takes a village to raise a child. 

While things are always a bit of a struggle to make ends meet at the end of each month we are continually amazed at how our supporters seem to come out of the woodwork and carry us through!

Our Adopt-A-Cot supporters are a truly integral and valued part of the TLC family! And we just want you all to know how much we appreciate your commitment in supporting us each and every month. With this kind of loyal and ongoing support it makes our job of finding loving and responsible families for the precious little ones in our care that much easier.

One supporter at a time, you are each taking away a massive monthly financial burden off of our shoulders; allowing us to focus on what really matters! And we honour your faith in our cause! If you feel compelled please ask those in your network to join our Adopt-A-Cot famly!

Monthly contributions are great, but we also accept Annual contibutions in order to participate in the program! 

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Forever faithful, Forever grateful!

Yours sincerely,

Faith Abrahams

faithj@tlc.org.za

+27 83 382 0678

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Fun trip to the Zoo!
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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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