The Almond Tree started in the home of Kent and Charmaine McQueen 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, a school and a Children’s Village in the making.
The Benoni Baby home was relocated to The Almond Tree Children’s Village in August 2019. The home is registered to receive forty babies from the ages of birth to three years old.
From the day they arrive, each baby is accepted into our loving family environment where they are nurtured and restored.
In 2017, Stuart Coal Pty Ltd, a coal mine in the Delmas area, incorporated the development of a baby home into their Social and Labour Plan for the Delmas area.
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 a a new location in Delmas.
The standard of excellence in the running and managing of a baby home was the motivation behind the selection of The Almond Tree as a suitable partner to partner with Stuart Coal Pty Ltd on this project.
The Almond Tree Child and Youth Care centre for babies in Delmas was registered in 2018. The centre is situated in a suburban area in Delmas and is managed by Kobie and Lonzelle du Plessis.
The centre is registered to receive 20 children between the ages of birth and three years old. They received their first baby in April 2018.
The centre provides a source of employment for ladies from the local community who are given training in childcare.