A Home for Healing the Hurt
Rina Malan was running her own nursery school, several business ventures and did place of safety on a part time for many years when she realized that in order to make a significant difference she had to do this full time. She then started AMADEA SAFE HOUSE, meaning “Loving Child of God”.
Today it stands proud – and true to its aim of providing a safe and loving Christian environment in which children can develop into well-balanced adults. The focus of service delivery is children in need. Abandoned, neglected, abused (sexually, emotionally and physically) disabled and HIV / AIDS affected/infected children who are placed in the care of the Malan’s by the Juvenile Court’s until their cases has been finalized. Some children are with them for more than 11 years.
They work closely together with all the social welfare organizations and SAPD in Pretoria and surrounding areas. Amadea, the house is situated on a small holding and is being used as a facility accommodating children full time in a loving family environment. They focus on early childhood development, health care and skills development for the older children.
THE HOME IS NPO AND PBO REGISTERED
To provide a loving and safe haven for abandoned, abused, neglected and disabled children -of which some are affected or infected by HIV/AIDS and assisting in feeding the underprivileged in the community. To empower women in the area to become self sustaining by teaching them income generating skills.
What do we do?
Our caring is divided into two broad categories:
• The first is focused on providing a loving and caring home for orphans, disabled, abused and HIV/AIDS infected/affected children, which is known as Amadea Safe House, while
• The second part of Rina’s work involves reaching out to destitute rural and local communities though provision of essential needs and people development projects.
1) Amadea Safe House
Children are cared for until the juvenile court’s investigation is complete, and in many cases they stay longer because there’s no space in orphanages. With limited capacity in orphanages, there is a continued increase in the demand for more space at Amadea. Rina believes that children need to be nurtured to build their creative, intellectual and physical growth. Yet under her care they receive much more than this. Amadea provides a loving home. Some of the children has been with the Malan’s for more than 16 years.
But that’s not where their loving-kindness stops. Rina also acts as a mentor for Hiv/AIDS home based care organisations to which she supplies food and an educational programme, and she assists with feeding schemes in the surrounding areas.
She says: “Fourteen days after I opened my home I had fourteen children in my care. And I haven’t looked back. Words cannot describe the satisfaction that we have derived from seeing little broken human beings become whole again.”
Amadea provided a place of safety and love for approximately 300 children over the past 16 years. Currently our children’s ages range between babies and 17 years.
The heart of Amadea Safe House is to provide a home where not only the physical but also the spiritual and emotional needs of these children are met by the Rina and Philip.
New admissions: children between the age of 0 and 5 years. Also special needs children.