Bophelo* came to us afraid, traumatized, with uncertainty in her eyes. Her grandfather had been sexually abusing her for the last year, but eventually was caught and arrested. Officers from the Child and Gender Protection Unit brought Bophelo to Grandma’s House.
Bophelo’s grandmother blamed the girl for putting her husband in jail, telling the authorities, “Don’t bring her back. If we see her in our village, we will kill her!”
Bophelo is only 7 years old.
These are the children who walk through our doors at Grandma’s House, a unique emergency refuge for children in crisis. It serves as a transition home for children who have been abandoned, orphaned, and/or traumatized by physical or sexual abuse.
Each child has a story that no one should ever endure. But this is also why we are here — to intercept these stories of pain and abuse with hope, protection, healing and care.
The children at Grandma’s House receive physical, spiritual, and emotional care from our nurturing staff. Very often children arrive shaken by trauma and instability. Yet, as they settle in, slowly the light in their eyes returns, and their smiles and laughter fill the air.
We work closely with government child protection agencies who place children with us, as well as help resolve their cases. Before Grandma’s House, the staff of these two government departments had no where to bring children in urgent need of intervention and protection.
We also work with other child welfare stakeholders in the community to promote collaboration and prevent duplication of services.
Stats at a Glance
- Grandma’s House opened in April 2011
- We receive children ages 1 to 17
- more than 120 children cared for to date
(last updated: May 2017)