M.T.R. Children’s Haven originated during the Great Flu of 1918, when a substantial number of parents died and many children were orphaned.
This lead to the establishment of an orphanage at Ugie in the North-Eastern Cape as a community-based and communitydriven non-subsidised welfare organisation.
The home was officially established in 1922, when the government admitted the first children to the orphanage.
M.T.R. Children’s Haven is a multiracial institution, and currently provides accommodation for 100 children between the ages of 3-18 years.
The haven also provides accommodation for mentally disabled children who have been removed from parental care in terms of the Child Care Act.
The haven is currently in the process of broadening the scope of its services with the total community in mind, and is building a retirement village on the premises of the children’s haven.
M.T.R. Children’s Haven aims to create conditions for the optimum development of children in order to constitute a social investment in a healthy and able nation.
The haven aspires to meet special needs of children that would ensure the development of children physically, mentally, emotionally and socially.
The children’s haven also aims at re-establishing relations between the children and their natural parents by encouraging the maintaining of contact.
As family is regarded as the basic unit of society, our goal is to facilitate the provision of appropriate services to both the child and the family system.