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Door of Hope is a faith-based organization:
saving abandoned babies,
showing them the love of Jesus,
and bringing them into forever families.

The Baby Saver Box

In 1999 a stainless steel box was built into the wall of Berea Baptist Mission Church in the inner-city of Johannesburg. The baby box was intended as a last resort for desperate mothers to relinquish their baby safely and anonymously, instead of abandoning the child on the streets. By God’s grace, the baby box started saving children, and it continues saving children to this day.


Years of Service


Babies Helped


Babies in our Care


Babies through the Baby Boxes




Our Logo is a combination of three symbols, two African symbols for Hope and Love, and the creation of our own symbol for Faith, thus representing the core virtues of following Jesus.

Jesus is King.

We follow Jesus Christ, believing that His life, death and resurrection show him to be the King of all creation. And we believe that it is through faith in the King that children can be saved and find their purpose.

By God’s Grace All will be Well.

Too many babies are born without hope, people have given up on them, the world is a dark place for them, they appear to be hopeless. But God sees them, and God wants to give them a hope and a future.

Love Never Fails.

The greatest power in this world is love, because God is love. Jesus showed us this love by dying on the cross so that we may have life. We strive to love the children in our care with this same kind of sacrificial love.

Without Door of Hope, many abandoned babies would be at risk of dying in Johannesburg. Instead they are cared for, loved and supported on their journey towards finding a forever family.

Dee Blackie - Child Protection Activist

What makes Door of Hope so special is that it is a place where precious little lives find love, acceptance and comfort. The angels at Door of Hope name and nurture every child, and above all, fight for each one to have a future, and a hope.

Robyn Wolfson Vorster - Child Protection Activist

It has been my pleasure to do the medical assessments of babies and toddlers at door of hope for more than 10 years. I find the standard of care and love for each baby very high. Each child is treated as an individual and staff show a high level of insight into their problems and needs. I am impressed by the ongoing assessment and improvement of programs and routines.

Dr. Janet Lumb - Paediatrician

You are a beacon of hope to children not yet knowing that they are lost and a blessing to families knowing that there is a little angel somewhere meant for them to find and love with all of their hearts.

Adele Chmurkowski - Kaenguru Foundation


Together, we can change more lives.

For many years we have obeyed Jesus, answering His call to care for thousands of orphan and vulnerable children. The challenges are massive but we are encouraged by each precious child whose life has been changed for good. With the work of our committed team, and the support of generous supporters, we hope to impact many more lives, making our world a better place.




Cheryl Allen

Founder and Patron

Cheryl Allen founded Door of Hope in 1999, coming up with the idea of the Baby Saver Box and having it installed into the Berea Baptist Mission Church wall. She is now retired, but remains a patron and advisor to the continuing work.  


Raphael Kayamba Kizobo


Jean Pierre Nseke-Nzenga


Vernon Mitchell


Kate Allen

Board Member

David John Allen

Chief Executive Officer
Ex-officio Board Member

Nadene Grabham

Operations Director
Ex-officio Board Member

Kerryn Winckworth

Financial Director


(In alphabetical order)

Aletta Sparks

Finance/HR Administrator

Amanda Xatalaza

Social Worker

Angela Kizobo

Babycare Supervisor

Basani Maluleke

Childcare / Centre Manager

Celestine Kyangana

Home Manager

Claude Bonikay

Resources & Facility Manager

Dyna Salumu

Toddler Care Supervisor

Francinah Phago

Home Manager

Hannah Thompson

Medical, Development, & Stimulation


Jason Viljoen

Pastoral Care

Jeff Nell
Jeffrey Nell

Development & Facilities Manager

Kathy Groome

Donor Engagement Manager

Natasha Bihlmaier

Social Worker

Shannon Matabula

Play & Learn Manager

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