Bethany Home Place of Safety provides residential care and support for orphaned, abandoned, neglected and abused children from birth to six years of age.
In 1991 the Ursuline Sisters originally from Bergen, the Netherlands withdrew from St Mary’s Maternity Hospital in Marianhill near Durban and built with the aid of Umtata Welfare Society (represented by Sister Mary Paule Tacke CPS) a small house for destitute mothers and their babies, where the mothers were given training in infant care, gardening, cooking, etc. The home was named Bethany Home. The Child Protection Unit of the police and social workers had nowhere to place abandoned/abused infants and children. The Bethany Committee saw this as a great need and in 1995 started to admit these children. Because of the poverty related problems in the Umtata area the number of abandoned infants increased every year and the house became too small. In February 1999 Bethany Home was moved to the former St Theresa's Home Economics School at Glen Avent. On the premises of Glen Avent is Ikwezi Lokusa where it remained to date.
We are a Non profitable organisation operating in OR Tambo District Municipality, Eastern Cape with an intake of 75 children. Children in our care are placed by the social workers form the Social Service’s District offices from the Transkei area and some by the Police officers form SAPS.