About Us

Our Mission

We seek to help in meeting the needs of abandoned, abused and orphaned children in South Africa by providing loving and stable Christian environments, so they may grow up to be people that have a positive effect in South Africa and the world.

Our Objective

To rescue and receive any abandoned, aborted abused and orphaned babies and children from any source in cooperation with other agencies.
To provide a temporary Christian home for all our babies and children whilst seeking a forever family, suitable long term care or other permanent care for each one.

Our History

Berea Baptist Church is a small Mission Church established in the very heart of Johannesburg. It consists of two houses and a few outbuildings. The main house is used as a place of worship for people from 16 different nations and the 2nd house is for the residing pastor and his wife.

In 1999 the pastor at the time, Cheryl Allen, and deacons learned with deep distress that a high number of newly born infants were being abandoned. At the time 40-50 babies were being dumped every month and left to die of starvation or exposure. Cheryl realized that many of those desperate women and girls may well have acted differently had there been an alternative. The church made a hole in their wall and a ‘baby bin’ was installed allowing for mothers to leave their babies anytime day or night. The moment a baby is placed in the bin careworkers on duty receive an electronic signal alerting them. The baby is taken in and the anonymity of the donor ensured. News has spread and other babies have been brought personally by their mothers or have come through other means such as the police, community members, hospitals or clinics. By faith and reliance on God alone and from small, humble beginnings, the ministry has grown and over 100 children’s’ lives are being saved every year.

Whilst the Door of Hope baby bin was an innovative idea, the mission was criticized as it was felt that we were encouraging abandonment. However to date we have received only 10% of our babies through the baby bin. It was the uniqueness of this “hole in the wall” concept that has made us prominent and allowed us to become one of the foremost homes in Johannesburg for abandoned babies.

From top down: Renette Louw (Social Worker), Marcelle Coertze (Liason Officer), Carmen Pretorius (Project Manager), Cheryl Allen (Director), Francinah Phago (Baby House 2 Manager), Nadene Crowder (Operations Manager)

Our Beliefs