- The Berea Baptist Church of Johannesburg claims that they have saved the lives of about 1500 babies with their baby bin program
- The baby bin was implemented because back in 1999 up to 50 newborn babies were being killed each month by their own parents
- The baby bin is a special hatch where unwanted children are placed by their parents from where the church staff than take the children in
The Berea Baptist Church of Johannesburg came up with an ingenious way to save the lives of thousands of babies.
The church installed its first ‘baby bin’ back in 1999, a special door where parents could anonymously leave their children that they did not want.
Back then about 50 children would be left for dead or killed by their own parents each month! Some of the parents would flush their newborn babies down toilets or throw them off high buildings.
The church estimates that they saved the lives of about 1500 lives ever since they implemented the baby bin program.
The baby bin is a small steel hatch, inside of which is a soft pillow for the baby. When the hatch is opened, a sensor detects the movement and a staff member is alerted.
The children are then taken in and cared for by the South African refuge. The first child that was ever placed in the bin has already grown up and is a volunteer for the church.
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Georgina Smith is now 19-years-old and was adopted by an American family. However she returned to South Africa to help care after abandoned babies.
A spokesperson for the church stated: “What an honor and a privilege to see her again. She has grown into a lovely young lady. She continues to be a symbol of hope to all abandoned and orphaned children.”