The need: There are an estimated 3.7 million orphans in South Africa (and 150,000 child-headed households)
Destiny House was started by Roger and Sue Smedley in 2008 in response to the need for a safe home for vulnerable, orphaned and abandoned babies. Destiny House was soon filled with 12 babies. At that time the slogan was “From little things big things grow”. We are now living in the fruit of that statement of faith!
In 2010 our registration with the Department of Social Development as a Child and Youth Care Centre was finalized and our current logo was introduced. To date we have been home to 58 children in need of care and protection. Currently the Destiny House family has 24 children, in the ages of 0-14 years old, who live with us. The other children have either been reunited with their families, found a foster family or were adopted (some were transferred to other Children’s Homes).
Reunited with family: 31%
Found a foster family: 14%
Were adopted: 7%
During the years 2008-2014 we made use of 3 different rental properties, but in 2015 we finally moved into our new home on the property of Grace Community Church in Mtubatuba, which was built with many generous donations from overseas and local sponsors.
In the local community we provide jobs for 15 people, most of whom are breadwinners in their families. Staff has become like family to each other and to the children who call Destiny House home.
All these years we’ve worked hand in hand with Grace Community Church and Mtuba Christian Academy. There is power in partnership!
In 2016 we opened Destiny Preschool as an Early Childhood Development Centre for the children who live at Destiny House and the children from the local community. In 2017 we finished building a beautiful building for Destiny Preschool (phase 2). This year (2018) we have 41 children enrolled at the Preschool, including a special needs boy who lives at Destiny House.