El-Shammah Home For Abandoned Babies

A place of safety for vulnerable babies

About Us


El-Shammah Home for Abandoned Babies was a vision that was planted in the heart of Pastor Bertha Spies in the year 2007 during a counselling session with a young man who could not cope with life. This young man was rejected in his mother’s womb and at the age of 14 days he was abandoned in a container on the streets of Johannesburg, South Africa.

On May the 13th 2009 EL-Shammah Home for Abandoned Babies became a living testimony of the vision. EL-Shammah Home for Abandoned Babies was opened and operating in the suburb of Primrose, Germiston. 

The main objective and vision of the home is to care for abandoned and or unwanted babies from newborn until approximately 12 months of age within an atmosphere of security and safety. The mission of the baby home is to facilitate a clean and neat home environment where the babies can find a place of love, care, and protection. Where they can experience true motherly nourishment, physically, spiritually, and emotionally, through full time qualified and trained care givers on a 24/7 basis. The 3 bedroom home can accommodate 18 babies, at full capacity, in the age groups of newborn – 3 months, 4-6 months and 7-12 months respectively.  

Our hope and desire is that you would join us in helping this vision expand and grow. In doing so you not only become a partner with us but part of the family in raising these small babies to fulfill their God given destiny.



Our volunteers are very diverse but united by their common interest. Find out who we are in our gallery, and join our team!