Sweat for a cause and secure a better future for a child

Since opening Ubuntu House in 2003, this halfway house for newborn babies, has helped 656 children secure a better future.


Photo Credit: Andrea Caldwell

Ubuntu House was opened in September 2003 and the first baby was taken in within the same month.

Ubuntu house is a registered Child and Youth Care Centre with a temporary safe care programme and is part of the AFM Executive Welfare Councils uMephi C&YCC project. They take care of babies from 0 – 2 years who have been abandoned, orphaned, neglected or who were born out of an unplanned and crisis pregnancy.

When possible, babies are reunited with their parents or biological families. If reunification is not possible, babies are placed in a forever family through adoption. To date, Ubuntu house parents Miems and Naas Vermaak have cared for 656 babies. Over the past 12 years, 425 babies have been placed with adoptive parents.

Ubuntu House offers specialised services of the highest standard to prospective adoptive parents as well as to birth mothers and fathers who want to make an informed decision about the future of their children. Their experienced social workers are accredited to render adoption services in South Africa and are registered with the South African Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP).

But they need your help to keep on doing the amazing work they have been doing!

How you can help

Living & Loving’s digital editor, Xanet Scheepers will be hosting a charity fitness event powered by Dream Body Fitness in Sunninghill, Johannesburg on 27 June. If you live in the area and would like to get a great workout while doing something good, rope in a friend and buy a ticket to the event. All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Ubuntu House. Our aim is to raise R10 000 for Ubuntu House.

“Dream Body Fitness is deeply rooted in the concept of community. We’re a family. It’s a third place for people – their home away from home. For some, that’s a sanctuary. For others, it’s a launchpad to greatness. We witness the power of community in motion every day, from members who support one another on their transformation journey all the way through to members like Xanet, who use their own transformation journey to create opportunity for others, such as Ubuntu House, through fitness and wellness events. We love that. It’s ‘paying it forward’ in a powerful way – a way where each of our personal journeys integrates with the story of someone else’s life. Ubuntu. I am who I am because of who we all are,” says co-founder of Dream Body Fitness, Steve Mululu.

Donate much-needed baby products

You can also drop off baby products from their wish list (below) at Dream Body Fitness in Sunninghill, Johannesburg, which will be couriered to Ubuntu House in Cape Town at the end of March.

Here is their wish list:

  • Nappies in sizes newborn, small, medium and large
  • Baby formula: Infacare No1 and No2
  • Epizone “E”
  • Bum cream: zinc oxide and castor oil
  • Purity fruit and veggies: ages 6 – 10 months
  • Kiddyvite
  • Coconut baby oil
  • Castor oil
  • Mite-free allergen spray (Available from Dis-Chem)
  • 5-litre bottles spring water for babies use and drinking.

Click here for other items that are needed to maintain the house.

Sweat for a cause - Ubuntu House

Photo Credit: Andrea Caldwell


If you live in the Cape Town area, sign up as a volunteer. Volunteers, 16 years and older are always welcome at the Ubuntu House. They offer free courses in caring for babies, medical care, baby massaging, HIV, etc.

Click here for more info on how to become a volunteer.

Donate directly to Ubuntu House

If you feel you want to make a direct contribution to Ubuntu House, click here for information on how to do this.

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