In 2013 husband and wife Bronson and Amy opened their home to abused, neglected and abandoned children and offer them a loving, safe, family/homely environment. They believe that each child deserves a happy loving childhood. They currently have 7 children in their care, however the numbers change all the time. Nehemiah Safe House is registered NPO.
Nehemiah is a Safe House based in Monte Vista, Cape Town. They are a home to vulnerable children who come from various unfortunate circumstances. The motto of Nehemiah Safe House is “turning tears to laughter ” as they strive to bring about positive change in the lives of every child they come into contact with, and prevent them from a bad future.
Amy and Bronson work through social development who identify and investigate cases of child abandonment, abuse, and neglect. In the case where a child has been abandoned or they feel a child needs to be removed due to a certain criteria after their investigation, they are then contacted. They assist in emergency care, safety care and foster care through a court order. The children that come into their home who are orphaned they will adopt. Shockingly, to date all the children that have been through their home have been directly affected by drug abuse.
An average daily overview;
Average number of kids: 7
Average number of nappy changes: 36
Average number of bottles: 32
Average loads of washing: 3
Amy and Bronson
A husband/wife duo with big hearts Amy and Bronson have dedicated their lives to helping those who cannot help themselves. Amy and Bronson are a young couple in their 30’s, soulmates for over 17 years who have ample love to give. With a 10 year old son of their own, they truly can sympathize with the abused and traumatized children that they see every day. They feel that it is a gift to be able to serve their community and help positively impact the stories of these kids, hoping to change the cycle of abuse and neglect. They were inspired to start their safe house while visiting a mission to aid homeless adults and children. They felt it was their duty to be apart of the change that needs to happen, they wanted to be a positive part in the first chapter of these kids lives.
Vision for the Future
The core purpose and vision of Nehemiah Safe House is to be a home and family for children that are in need of care and protection. The children will be loved and nurtured in a safe and Godly environment until such time they can either be reunited with their family or be placed into a forever home. The Nehemiah Safe House would like to show support to their community through:
- Reaching out to people within our community and establishing projects that will be beneficial to those who seek change.
- Offer a support system to new first time mothers and their newborn babies, to ensure a positive start to their journey.
- One of their main goals is to grow and mature so that Nehemiah Safe House can evolve into a registered ‘child and youth care center’.
Their Current Challenge
With the work they do there is a lot of traveling, and with between 7 and 10 children in their home, having a reliable and safe vehicle is a necessity. Their main concern is the safety of the children in their care. In order to obtain a new vehicle and continue with their work they have launched a crowdfunding campaign on Thundafund.com to raise the R130 000.00 they need. However should they make it to R40 000 they will be able to put down a substantial enough deposit to afford the instalments each month.
Thundafund & Crowdfunding
Thundafund is South Africa’s leading rewards-based crowdfunding platform. Crowdfunding is the new bank loan, without the pressures of repayments. Crowdfunding is an online method of fundraising that allows people all over the world to put their ideas or pitches onto a digital platform. These pitches are then available for people worldwide to see, and to decide whether or not they would like to support the campaign.
In South Africa, crowdfunding is still a relatively new concept and with many South Africans still skeptical about making online transactions, it is very much a rising industry. Rewards-based crowdfunding has become a growing force within South Africa, with Thundafund at the forefront. Thundafund is the brainchild of entrepreneur Patrick Schofield, who founded the company in 2014.
The way that rewards-based crowdfunding differs from any other form, is that in exchange for the money raised, the project creator is expected to give something back to the backer in the form of a reward. These rewards can vary, anything from a thank you card to a tangible product will suffice. However, when selecting rewards for your Thundafund campaign, it is important that you keep both your project and your potential backer (audience) in mind.