The Almond Tree started in the home of Kent and Charmaine Mc Queen in February 2014. The Vision for The Almond Tree was born many years earlier in 2006 when Charmaine felt God speak to her about a vulnerable baby through Ezekial 16:4-14
“On the day you were born your cord was not cut, nor were you washed with water to make you clean, nor were you rubbed with salt or wrapped in cloths. No one looked on you with pity or had compassion enough to do any of these things for you. Rather, you were thrown out into the open field, for on the day you were born you were despised.”
This sparked a journey that has developed over time into what is today, two Baby Homes and a Children’s Village in the making.
The Benoni Baby home is a 6 bedroom home registered to receive 35 babies between the ages of 0 – 3 years old.
The ECD programme runs for 5 days of the week focusing on stimulation and learning, with the purpose of building strong educational foundations to give each child the best start to their schooling career.
As part of The Almond Tree’s sustainability plan, Granny Goose’s Charity Shoppe was initiated in July 2018.
New and quality second hand baby goods are made available to the public at affordable prices. Granny Goose operates from the Benoni Baby home.
This way the local community can benefit and have the opportunity to support The Almond Tree’s fundraising efforts. All funds raised from Granny Goose’s Charity Shoppe provide for operational and day-to-day costs.
Having built a relationship with The Almond Tree as a regular supporter of the Benoni Baby home, Stuart Coal Pty LTD proposed to replicate the service The Almond Tree offers to orphans and vulnerable children at their location in Delmas.
The standard of excellence in running and managing a baby home was the reason Stuart Coal Pty LTD approached The Almond Tree with their Delmas project proposal.
The Almond Tree Baby home in Delmas opened in 2018. The home is situated in a suburban area in Delmas and is managed by house parents, Kobie and Lonzelle du Plessis.
The home received their first baby in April 2018. The home provides a source of employment for ladies from the local community who are trained as caregivers and assist in the care and protection of the babies.
The home can accommodate up to 20 babies between the age of new-born and 3 years of age.