Meeting Elsie

Miracle Kidz Safe House is a non-profit organisation which cares for abandoned babies. Owned by Elsie du Plessis and her partner, Thomas Bloem, this is a safe haven for those who need care. Elsie says, “it has always been my dream and desire to care for abandoned babies. I knew that one day I would care for little ones, and it started in 1997 when a mom gave me a 2-month-old baby to care for. A few years later, we were approached again to take a child in safe care. In 2004, we became foster parents to a little girl, who at the time was 18-months old, and a year later to a boy who was 5-months old.”

“In 2006, we decided to become full-time safe care parents to help more children. After that, we cared for many babies and toddlers who have now been placed in foster care with other families. Some of them went back to their own families. There is a great need for safe houses and people willing to care for these children. We are delivering a service to the community that makes a big difference in small people’s lives.” Elise, Thomas and their team of passionate, experienced caregivers ensure that the house is not just a simple place for kids to eat and sleep, but rather a place to call home.

How is Miracle Kidz Safe House making a difference in the community?

“There is a great need for safe houses and people willing to care for these children.” Miracle Kidz Safe House is going above and beyond to deliver a service to the community that makes a big difference in small people’s lives. “Our safe house is not an institution where children live and are fed, cleaned, etc. We have a homely atmosphere, where we do not only see to it that they are fed and clothed, but also provide a loving temporary home to them. We tend to their illnesses, broken hearts and spirits.”

What are some of the challenges you face and how do you overcome them?

One of the biggest challenges that Elsie and her team face are financial struggles. “We need R40 000+ per month to keep our doors open. Another huge challenge we face is re-homing the children who are placed in our care.” They strive to overcome these challenges through faith and prayer. “My faith and relationship with God are very strong. It is through His grace that Miracle Kidz Safe House exists.”

What are your words of encouragement for those in need of hope?

“It takes courage to ask for help, and God shows you a way in which he wants you to put your faith into action. In the process of believing, miracles can happen.” Elsie encourages people to keep asking for help and to keep believing in your work. Something good will come when you need it most.