South Africa Orphanage Visit – Baitul Aman – Darul Yatama Wal Masakeen
ABOUT Baitul Aman - Darul Yatama Wal Masakeen
The overall responsibility of running the home on a day to day basis is left in the control of the Principal, Moulana Tayob, Convenor of the House Committee, Ebrahim M. Motala, the house and clinical committee who in turn report to exco.
The Organisation as its core social welfare programme manages the Baitul Aman Children’s Home in La Mercy, North of Durban and in close proximity to the King Shaka International Airport. Baitul Aman prides itself on having diversified its child and youth care programme to meet the changing demands.The scourge of the HIV and AIDS pandemic, the number of abandoned babies and neglected children from diverse backgrounds demanded that Baitul Aman refocuses its conventional child and youth care programme to meet these needs.
On 29 June 2003 an important milestone in the history of the Organisation and the dream of the Late Essop Mota Timol was realised with the official opening of the abandoned babies unit at Baitul Aman. Babies ranging from birth to three years are cared for in this unit. A second milestone soon followed with the opening of a toddlers unit at Baitul Aman in 2005 to cater for children between three to six years old. Both these units were dreams of the late Essop Mota Timol and the officials are in the process of renaming these two wings to honour his memory.
The number of admissions has increased steadily and Baitul Aman is registered to care for 55 children. Numbers tend to fluctuate due to the department’s reunification programme. From 2004 to date, 34 children have been placed with their natural parents or in alternative care. All children are placed at the home by courts and the home is monitored by the welfare department in line with the Child Care act.
Baitul Aman is registered to accommodate 55 children and the current numbers average about 48 children.