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Atlantic Hope

Atlantic Hope believes that every child should have the best possible start in life. Atlantic Hope was founded by Marilyn May in 2010. Marilyn is an enrolled staff nurse and has a passion for working with babies. After holding an abandoned baby while volunteering at Somerset Hospital, she decided something had to be done to help such babies. Atlantic Hope was born. We serve as an immediate and temporary safe haven for newborns and infants who have been abandoned, removed from their parents care, or are awaiting adoption. We work closely with ACVV and Child Welfare.

We provide basic developmental, physical and mental care. Medical needs are prioritised, and babies are fed, kept warm, and given affection in a stable environment. Atlantic Hope is legally approved to house up to five babies at one time, for short stays.

We look to accommodate more babies for longer stays, providing care whilst legal decisions and proceedings determining the child’s future are conducted. This vision would require larger premises as currently we operate out of the founder’s apartment.

What we have achieved so far: In the time that Atlantic Hope has been operating, over 30 babies have been placed in our care. Each one has gone on to a more permanent caring and supportive environment. 

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Donations to date

R 68 738.57

Fundraising target

R 156 000.00

Donor Messages

You are an amazing role model for your boys!
Janks family
What an amazing women! Inspiring!!!
nikki prinsloo and family
good luck Odette, well done for making the effort to make a difference!! Will be following your progress eagerly x
You are an inspiration. Good luck with your challenge and may you be blessed in all you do x
Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and being.
Superior Choices
Good luck with the challenge!
Sky Events
A true inspiration!
Something small
Nicola H
Good luck Odette. Keep conquering the world!