Babies Behind Bars

 

Babies Behind Bars
Babies Behind Bars

Babies Behind Bars is a Non-Profit Organization and a Public Benefit Organization which was started in 2007 to assist mothers whose children are born whilst they are serving a prison sentenceRomy Titus, the founder, became aware of these ‘babies behind bars’ whilst reporting on a story for prime time news in 2000 and made it her mission to lend a hand.  The charity is currently active in South Africa, Swaziland and Namibia, but the hope is to roll the project out across the African continent.

‘A woman’s decision as to whether to hand over her child to be raised by someone else, or to attempt to care for her child in prison, is probably one of the most difficult ones she will ever make.  Research shows that the first few years of a child’s life are the most important in terms of their development, and the importance of bonding with a mother figure cannot be underestimated.  However, the prospect of keeping your child with you in prison with its harsh conditions, lack of space, absence of sensory stimulation and isolation from all family and friends is a daunting one.  This experience often leaves babies traumatised for life. According to an international study conducted, ‘80% of children born or raised in prison between the ages of 0-5 years come back to prison later in life.’

Our organization realised that whilst the mother’s needs were cared for by the state, the babies were just left to their own devices and so ultimately ended up being the ones to bear the brunt of a life behind bars for something that was no fault of their own.  We became increasingly aware of the need for child-friendly environments with clean, cosy cots, a nutritionally balanced diet, sufficient clothes and disposable nappies, and toys and playgrounds that would help to stimulate their little minds crucial stage.

With the support of our generous sponsors, beneficiaries, and our amazing Good Samaritans, we have started to meet the children’s basic human needs. Still, the task only gets bigger as the prison population increases.  The organisation’s dream is to make a difference no matter how small and to lessen the burden for mother and child.

Every little bit goes a long way…..Please help us to ‘Unlock Hope’ for today’s babies and ensure a brighter future for tomorrow’s children.

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11 responses to “Babies Behind Bars”

  1. Rachael Avatar
    Rachael

    I would love to find out about volunteering opportunities at Babies Behind Bars. Thank you.

    1. Trish Avatar

      Dear Rachael
      Thanks so much for contacting us
      I see that their old Website no longer exists
      Please try this one as I am sure that they would be Grateful for your offer
      Warm Regards
      Trish
      https://romytitus.co.za/babies-behind-bars/

  2. Kanyisa Avatar
    Kanyisa

    Good day I have capacity over the weekends and was wondering if you accept any volunteers. If yes, what would volunteers assist with? Thanks Kind regards Kanyisa

    1. trish Avatar
      trish

      Thanks so much for your kind offer
      I am sure that Babies Behind Bars would be delighted
      Please contact them directly and have an awesome day

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      trish

      Write Your Comment Here.

    3. trish Avatar
      trish

      Thanks so much for your kindness
      Please contact Babies Behind Bars directly and I am sure that they will be delighted
      Have an awesome day

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      trish

      Write Your Comment Here.

      1. Trish Avatar

        Thanks so much for contacting us
        I see that their old Website no longer exists
        Please try this one as I am sure that they would be Grateful for your offer
        Warm Regards
        Trish

  3. Sinqobile Akin Avatar
    Sinqobile Akin

    I love and appreciate the work that you do. I would love to work with the entire team and continue to grow this vision across different African continents. I have a degree in strategic corporate communication and my honours and Masters in Sociology. It would mean so much to me to work with an organisation that changes the lives of people. I would really love to hear from you.
    Thank you.

    1. Trish Avatar

      Thanks so much
      You have an awesome vision
      At this difficult time, no matter what we are going through we all still need to do the best we can to help Fellow Africans
      Our Business is closed under Covid-19 lockdown, but you are welcome to email your CV to info@liferetreat.co.za and we will keep it on record
      Have a good day

      1. Trish Avatar

        Thanks so much for contacting us
        I see that their old Website no longer exists
        Please try this one as I am sure that they would be Grateful for your offer
        Warm Regards
        Trish

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