BREAK AWAY FROM NORM: Insaaf Gaiden 
at Rock A Bye Baby House in Kuils River. CREDIT: Enrico Jacobs
Instead of having a larney 21st birthday bash, this Kuils River meisie decided to donate the money to the Rock A Bye Baby House for abandoned babies.

Insaaf Gaidien has worked at the centre for a year.

It’s located in Kuils River and serves as a halfway house for infants who are abandoned, orphaned and the result of unplanned pregnancies.

The centre cares for the babies until they are adopted.

Insaaf says she wanted to break away from the traditional 21st celebrations and decided to use the day to give back to the needy instead.

She is now calling on mense to bring along much-needed donations for either the staff or the babas.

Members of the public can either donate money or get something of the Rock A Bye Baby House “Wish List” which consists of either medication or baby toiletries.

Insaaf says her parents wanted to throw her a party, but she felt it was too expensive.

“So I told my parents that instead we should give it to people who need it. This way people will get to know more about Rock A Bye.

“This is like a second home for me and these babies are like my own,” she says with a smile.

Currently the home is in need of a new roof, but it’s too expensive.

Insaaf says she raised a lot of eyebrows when she discussed her 21st birthday plans with her friends, but was determined to do things her way.

Her boss Yolande Barnard, who is the safety parent of the home, said she couldn’t be more proud.

“When I first heard what Insaaf was planning I was sceptical, but it’s for a good cause. She is a good person,” Yolande says.

If you would like to visit the home or donate, give Rock A Bye a call. Insaaf can be reached on 079 339 0290.