The Newstart Children’s Home was started by Dr. and Mrs. Saleem A. Farag in 1999. The Home was licensed by the Department of Social Welfare in 2000. The Home cares for children affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic and takes in abandoned babies. Today there are over 80 children in our Home. There are 25-28 babies in the Nursery. The rest of the children are in Primary/Secondary school or in University pursuing their education.
The Orphan Generation
In Zimbabwe alone there are over a million orphans from AIDS. A generation of children growing up without their parents, leaving aged grandparents to try and support 10 or more grandchildren. Many times there are no surviving relatives and that is why Newstart Children’s Home was born.
No community is immune to the ravages of AIDS, no village free from its devastating effects. As members of the world community we are not exempt from the responsibilities this human tragedy brings. Spiritually, emotionally, physically, and medically it is one of the deadliest diseases, if not the deadliest, ever to strike the human race.
We must see that the story of AIDS is not about epidemiology, economics, or statistics. Rather, it is the story of guilt, pain, fear and neglect. In Africa the extended family has always been strong and has provided for orphan children. Now however, due to the magnitude of the epidemic there is no extended family to provide care.
These orphaned children did not ask to be brought into the world only to be completely abandoned, with nowhere to go and no one to turn to.
We must be their family. We strive to give them a chance, a home, and an education and the emotional stability to grow up to become leaders in society. We provide a place of safety, a place of belonging, a secure, warm-hearted place in which to grow and build for eternity. This is our goal for each child.