By Foibe Shahepa
Media personality and brand influencer Pombili Shilongo who was recently announced as the official Atlantic Villa guesthouse brand ambassador, this week visited the beautiful Rauch Elohim foundation in Swakopmund that helps decrease the number of babies being dumped.
The foundation was founded in 2018 by Renee Peters with the aim of focusing on creating awareness on baby dumping and preventing baby dumping. “We have opened our house to take care of abandoned, unwanted, neglected and abused babies,” said Renee Peters.
According to Peters, they take in babies from different parts of Namibia. If mothers do not want the babies, they can leave the babies at the Elohim foundation anonymously in a baby saver box. The Elohim foundation then take care of the baby until all legal procedures are followed. After all procedures have been finalized, the babies can go for adoption or reunite with their families.
Apart from the foundation taking care of neglected babies, it also provides advice to pregnant mothers with unwanted pregnancies on what to do, by referring them to any social worker in the region so that they follow the correct procedures.