Providing a Place of Safety for those who need it the most

Get Involved

How You Can Get Involved:

*Please contact Karlien (karlien@1hope4africa.com) for information on drop off points for donations.
  • Baby formula (Nestle Lactogen 1 & 2)
Nappies (Sizes 1-5)
  • Pull up Nappies (sizes 4-6)
  • Baby shampoo
  • Aqueous cream
  • Bum cream
  • Baby food (Fruit and veggie pouches and nestle cerelac)
  • Baby wipes
Your financial partnership will also be greatly appreciated. If you would like to partner with us in this way please click here.
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Volunteer Program

We have many volunteers in and out of the baby home and it is such a blessing to have extra hands around to help! Our volunteer program is open to anyone who is eager to serve short-term at one of our baby homes. You will get to work alongside our nannies, care for our babies and help out within the home.

What To Expect:

 ● Spending time cuddling, feeding, and playing with babies

 ● Helping out with chores and house work

 ● Getting to know the nannies and baby home staff

 ● Assisting with the babies' development

How To Apply:

You are free to serve as you are able, since this program works according to your availability. Therefore, you will not be required to sign up for shifts or work a full shift. We welcome volunteers Monday-Friday, from 8:00-17:30. Please note that volunteering is by appointment only.

If you are considering short-term volunteering at one of our homes, or if you have any questions about our program, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Charissa Holdt, at holdtcharissa@gmail.com.

Internship Program
Could our internship be the right fit for you?

● Are you looking to set aside a period of 3-12 month for volunteer service?

● Are you interested in serving as a volunteer caregiver at our baby homes?

● Do you love the local church? Or want to grow in your love for it, as Jesus loves the Church?

● Do you desire to be discipled and grow in godliness?

● Are you excited about cross-cultural ministry?

The 1Hope4Africa Intern Program exists to provide godly ladies with an intensive season of service and discipleship, within the context of the local church, for the purpose of God-glorifying, Spirit-wrought conformity to the image of Christ. This is a volunteer program; interns are required to raise their own funds before coming and do not receive any compensation for their work while in Pretoria, South Africa.

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Interns must be ladies* who are:

● committed followers of Jesus Christ

● progressively growing in Christlikeness/godliness

● actively serving in their local church, which fully supports their desire to come serve with us

● servant-hearted, mature, flexible, and teachable

● able to communicate fluently in English (speaking, reading, and writing)

● at least 18 years old upon arrival in South Africa

● in possession of all required paperwork upon arrival in South Africa (passport, visa, etc.)

● able to fully fund their own expenses (to, from, and within South Africa)

● ideally, able to commit to serving with us for about 3 months (or longer if visas allow)

Although these are requirements, we do not expect our interns to be perfect. God is a God of grace and forgiveness who saves and then sanctifies His children. We are not looking for perfect ladies, only growing ladies. Healthy, hard-working adult saints of any age are welcome to apply. Ladies who come serve with us are singles/widows without children in the home.

Since 2012, we’ve enjoyed volunteers from sister churches in Germany, Malawi, South Africa, Switzerland, and the United States.

Among other things, interns will:

● Actively participate in church life at Living Hope Church (LHC) (https://livinghopechurch.co.za/)

● Meet weekly for discipleship with the Intern Coordinator or another godly lady from Living Hope Church

● Work 5-6 shifts a week at the Muphamuzi Baby Home or Atlarela Baby Home caring for orphaned and abandoned babies which typically range from 0-2 years old

● Serve LHC and 1Hope4Africa in other ways which fit their unique, God-given gifts .

How To Apply:

If you’d like more information, to apply, or have questions, please contact Claire Scheideman at thescheidemans@gmail.com. Please include an introduction in your email letting us know a little about yourself, how you heard about our volunteer program, and the time period you would consider interning. Our coordinator will send you more details on our internship and how to apply.  

*Please note that interns are long-term volunteers who serve full-time for 3-12 months. If you are considering short-term volunteering for a few weeks at one of the baby homes please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Charissa Holdt, at holdtcharissa@gmail.com.



Muphamuzi Baby home

Our Story
1Hope4Africa had a dream to own a flat building in the middle of the city of Pretoria that can act as a lighthouse for the gospel of Jesus Christ. The dream was to have one floor of the building serve as a baby home, caring for those children who have been orphaned or abandoned. In 2010, 1Hope registered as a Non-Profit Organisation and started the fundraising process. Quickly the Lord provided funds for this dream to become a reality. In 2011, 1Hope bought a house in Capital Park, Pretoria and even though it was not a flat building, the dream to care for orphans became a reality. Muphamuzi Baby Home was opened in 2012, with the goal of being a registered Place of Safety which became a bridge between the abandoned and cherished, where safety is found, a family is given and hope is restored. The name of the home was inspired by a little boy who had no family and was left abandoned in a Government Hospital. The nurses at that hospital gave him the name Muphamuzi, meaning, “Give me a home.” Muphamuzi was born with special needs and HIV+. At age 3, Muphamuzi was given a foster home and for the first time he had a mommy and daddy and many new brothers and sisters. His journey being part of a permanent family changed his life and his overall development in remarkable ways. He is truly loved as a brother. At the Muphamuzi Baby Home we seek to provide exceptional care for the precious souls God places in our hands. But this is not the ultimate goal. We believe that part of God’s original design was for each child to grow up in a loving family. At the Muphamuzi baby Home our desire is therefore to see each one of our babies placed in such a forever family.
Meet The House Parents
Garikai and Makoena Nyabako have been married since February, 2015, and have four children. Garikai is originally from Zimbabwe, while Makoena is from Moletjie, a village in Limpopo. They have been the house parents of MBH since 2016 and are both members of Living Hope church, where they serve faithfully and joyfully. They are both passionate about family, foster care, and adoption. This passion is rooted in the reality that, as Christians, they too have both been adopted into the family of God through the Lord Jesus Christ, their Saviour.
Garikai and Makoena are also both passionate about missions and educations. Makoena holds a Journalism Diploma from TUT, and a BEd from NWU. Garikai has a B.Tech in Construction Management and is currently pursuing an MDiv through the South African Theological Seminary. It is desire of both of them to, one day in the future, serve alongside their good friends, Akani and Lerato Hlungwane, in planting a church in rural Limpopo. It is also their desire to establish a Christian school together. However, the Nyabako's ultimate goal and desire is to move to Zimbabwe to plant a church and school there as well.

Atlarela Baby home

Our Story 
1Hope4Africa had the desire to open a second baby home due to the incredible need South Africa faces. We started with fundraising in 2019 and the Lord provided sufficient funds for us to proceed to purchase our second home. We called it Atlarela Baby Home, this is a home of safety located in Faerie Glen, Pretoria East. Founded in 2021, we opened up our doors to our first baby in March 2022. Atlarela is a deep setswana word that means to hold, to hold tightly because you love and because you care. That is the heart behind the home, though we are a temporary place of safety for the babies who come into our care, we welcome them with joyful hearts and embrace them and love them as best as we can during the special time they are in our home. The home is run by the house parents, Akani and Lerato Hlungwane. Akani and Lerato have 3 children of their own who also live on the property. They are passionate about caring for children in need of a home. They work with a team of ladies who care for the babies daily. It is a 3 level home, which can take a maximum of 6 babies at a time, 2 cots in each room. We want the care we offer the babies to be intimate, all inclusive and as loving as possible - with the resources at hand we do believe we can best care for a maximum of 6 babies.
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Meet The House Parents
Akani and Lerato have been married since 2013 and are the parents of 3 children. They have a burden to serve the Lord and especially to see healthy, Bible-teaching churches established in the villages and rural areas of South Africa. Akani was born and raised in Ka-Bungeni, Lerato also grew up in a village (North of Rustenburg, North-West Province). Along with Living Hope Church Pretoria they have a burden to plant a church in Ka-Bungeni Limpopo. In preparation for church planting, Akani is currently doing his Masters in Biblical Studies through the Masters University. Akani worked in full-time campus outreach and discipleship ministry at the University of Johannesburg for 2 years. He has been a part of Living Hope Church since he moved to Pretoria in 2012, and Lerato has been a part of the church since they were married in 2013. Akani works for Ford South Africa. Lerato is busy with her studies in education and has a dream to start a school in Ka-Bungeni. The Hlungwanes have been a huge blessing to Living Hope Church. They have served and ministered in a wide variety of ways, and are now serving with 1Hope4Africa as being the house parents of Atlarela Baby Home. This sweet family will be serving as our house parents in this season, before they transition over to church planting in the next couple of years.

Frequently Asked Questions About Orphan Care

How long is the adoption process in South Africa?

The adoption process takes between 6 and 18 months from start to finish. In many other countries applicants can wait 2 to 5 years before their adoption is approved. If your answer is that you want to adopt a white baby, there are considerable hurdles: The number of white babies up for adoption is very limited; in this case the time frame will be longer. 

What should I do if I want to adopt a child in South Africa?

You can apply for a national adoption if you are a South African citizen in South Africa.

If you are a foreigner living in South Africa you can only apply for a national adoption if you have been in South Africa for a period of five years.  You will need to submit proof of residence and your work permit in order to qualify for a national adoption. 

You will need to approach a registered adoption agency or an accredited adoption social worker.

The agency or social worker will screen you and help you look for a child who is available for adoption.

In South Africa, the only way in which you can legally adopt a child is by working through an accredited adoption agency, or with the assistance of an adoption social worker functioning within the statutory accredited adoption system

If you are a foreigner and want to adopt a child from South Africa you will need to find out of your country is a party to the Hague Convention. If your country has signed the Hague Convention you can approach the Central Authority in the country where you live, they should refer you to an accredited child protection organisation who has an agreement with an agency in South Africa. They will then be able to screen you and assist you with an intercountry adoption. 

Should your country not be a part of the Hague Convention you can adopt through the competent authority or the international Social Services (ISS) in the country where you live.

What documents do I need for an adoption?

You will need a Police Clearance certificate and a Form 30 – you apply for your form 30 at the Department of Social development.  You will need other documents like copy of your ID, proof of residence and proof of income.

How much does adoption cost in South Africa?

Adoptions can cost as little as a few thousand rand although the adoption can cost between R12 000 and R15 000 (not including the cost of the medical, police clearance and psychological examination which are usually extras).

How many children may be placed with me in foster care?

The Act says that not more than six children may be placed in foster care with a single person or two persons sharing a common household, except where the children are siblings or if the Court considers this to be in the best interests of the children. 

How will I know if a child is in need of care and protection?

 The Children’s Act states clearly that a child is in need of care and protection if, the child: 

  • has been abandoned or orphaned and is without any visible means of support

  • lives or works on the streets or begs for a living 

  • has been abused or lives in circumstances that expose the child to abuse

  • lives in or is exposed to circumstances which may seriously harm that child’s physical, mental or social well-being

  • is in a state of physical or mental neglect 

  • is being harmed, abused, deliberately neglected or degraded by a parent, a care-giver, a person who has - parental responsibilities and rights or a family member of the child or by a person under whose control the child is

  • is a victim of child labour 

  • is in a child-headed household

How do I know if a child has been abandoned?

A child has been abandoned if the parent, guardian or caregiver has deserted the child or if the child has, for no apparent reason, had no contact with the parent, guardian, or caregiver for at least three months.

What matters can I take to the Children's Court?

You can go to the Children’s Court with matters relating to the following:

 • the protection and well-being of a child

 • the care of, or contact with a child 

 • paternity of a child

 • support of a child

 • the provision of early childhood development services

 • maltreatment, abuse, neglect, degradation or exploitation of a child, except criminal prosecutions in this regard 

 • the temporary safe care of a child

 • alternative care of a child

 • the adoption of a child, including an inter-country adoption 

• any other matter relating to the care, protection or wellbeing of a child provided for in the Children’s Act.

I am a foster parent. We would like to go on holiday outside South Africa and take the children to whom we are foster parents along. Is this possible?

A child in foster care may not leave South Africa without the written approval of the Provincial Head of Social Development. This approval must be obtained in writing prior to departure from the country.

Where can I find a Children's Court?

Every Magistrate's Court in South Africa is a Children's Court. This means that there are almost 737 children's courts in the country. Contact details for all the magistrates' (lower) courts can be obtained from the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development's website.

I am not the parent or guardian of the child. May I still approach the Court if I know that the child is being abused?

Yes, you may approach the Court. The Act says that anyone acting in the interests of the child may approach the Court.

What if the child is clearly in danger at the place he/ she lives? Must the police/ social worker always wait to get a court order before they can move the child to a safer place?

A social worker or a police official may remove a child from their home and place the child in temporary safe care without a court order if there are reasonable grounds for believing that the child is in need of care and protection and needs immediate emergency protection. This may only be done when the delay in getting a court may influence the child’s safety and well-being. The official has a responsibility to make sure that the removal of the child from his/her home is the best way to secure the child’s safety.

What is a Foster Care Order?

Foster care is the temporary placement of a child who is in need of care and protection. One of the essential components of the South African alternative care system is foster care. Research indicates that the number of orphans in South Africa range between 3.7 million and 5.2 million. A Foster Care Order is an order that the Children’s Court can grant when it has establish that a child is in need of care and protection. The Foster Care Order is usually valid for 24 months. 

The child is placed in the care of a foster parent who is not the parent or guardian of the child. The foster order can be renewed or extended after 24 months for another 24 month or longer.  The court can use its discretion and order the foster order to be valid for 18 years. The court can also decide to not renew the foster order and reunite the child with a parent of family member, should this be in the best interest of the Child.

Do you need to be rich in order to adopt?

No, a person may not be disqualified from adopting a child by virtue of their financial status. They just need to be able to care for the child.