Another brilliant day at the Heldeberg Nature Reserve . A Big thank you to those that helped us make this day happen !
The kids had a ball !
Many years ago Lydia, an ordinary mother, was confronted in a way that changed her life forever. A baby girl was left to die in a burning shack when someone heard her cries and rescued her. Lydia took in the rescued infant and continued to look after her.
Word got out about her… people said she had a big heart. Soon afterwards more children arrived on her doorstep, and Lydia heeded her calling.
She now looks after various children all with different circumstances and with their own story. Some children simply need a safe place to stay while their parents were at work, others are abandoned and need a more permanent home and family life; some have been abused and need love and security that she offers.
From new born babies to teenagers, they are all hungry, yearn for love and kindness, and Lydia takes them all in, even if there is barely enough for her own children.
This is how many South African foster homes get started. By poor women with tremendous hearts, great strength of character, and the will do the right thing and by not turning away any of these unloved abandoned abused children and babies.
Because of their own poverty they struggle to provide enough clothing, food, medicine, adequate space, and even education to those now in their care. It is a gruelling, full-time job.
But basic care is not enough. While these heroic women have tremendous hearts and abundant energy, they often lack the skill set to fundraise, market, and deal with all the emotional hurt of these children. This is where Joya Homes has joined hands with Lydia; to assist her by offering these services to help improve the quality of their lives.
We commend Lydia and other “Lydias” in South Africa.
Thank you for choosing to book your Africa Safari through us . By booking through us a % of your booking goes towards the care of these special children .
Thanks to everyone who contributed towards this special day ! The Kids at Mama Lydias Safe Haven had a wonderful time at the Heldeberg Nature Reserve . They each got a goody bag , lots of treats to eat and a present . We all had so much fun and looking forward to doing the same for them at the end of the year 🙂
Live4Africa .com support a local charity and a % of every African Safari booking goes to help them in some way. The charity we have chosen is a safe house for abused and neglected children situated just outside Somerset West in South Africa. It is run by an awesome local woman by the name of Lydia and she is ‘Momma’ to 19 children at present and this number grows continuously.
The children in her care range in age from 15 months to 18 years and the change in the children once they reach this safe house is a sight never to be forgotten. Sometimes for the first time ever, the children have food and clothing, warmth and most importantly, unconditional love.
If you would like to donate or bring with you any items of clothing or school equipment for the children, please let us know and we will ensure that the children receive these items.
Please feel free to ask any questions, we will be more than happy to share Lydia’s Haven with you. Thanks for choosing to book your Africa travels through us . We value your support .