The Habibia Children’s Home has slammed a broadcast message making waves on social media on the alleged abandonment of four children, stating that the message is untrue. The message being forwarded includes a picture of the minors, which infringes on the children’s Constitutional right to protection. Child and youth care worker at the home, Ghairoenisa James has appealed to the broader community stop posting the message.
“They were not abused or abandoned. There were circumstances bringing them to the home. We get the children through the state,” she told VOC News.
The photo, which went viral on social media on Monday, depicts the clearly distraught children crying. The post states: “These kids have been abandoned by their parents.
They were dropped off at Habibia orphanage. Please call the orphanage if you have anything to donate. This is so sad.”
James confirmed that Habibia had not given permission for the image to be posted.
“The photo was sent to one regular donor whom we trust and in good faith she perhaps asked someone for help. But at the moment, it’s getting out of hand. For the safety and for the sake of confidentiality, this is not the way Habibia does things. We do not post pictures or names of children. We ask people to take it off social media and please stop posting this story,” James pleaded.
James said in the 30 years since the establishment of the home, they had never experienced something like this.
“It’s become overwhelming for us. People are saying inaccurate things. It’s created a major problem.”
However, James said the public should not be discouraged from supporting the home, as there were other children in need. Habibia Childrens’ Home does not get funding support from government and relies solely on its donors.
“We have 17 children in the home and anyone can give donations. They are always welcome.” VOC