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Beautiful Gate was established in 1994 by a Dutch couple Toby and Aukje Brouwer.
The initial project was a street children's home in Muizenberg, Cape Town, South Africa. In 1999 they opened a hospice in Crossroads, Cape Town for children dying with HIV/AIDS.

The name Beautiful Gate originates from the Bible passage of Acts 3:2 "Now a man crippled from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, "Look at us!" Then Peter said, Silver nor gold I do have, but what I have I give you in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk."

Beautiful Gate supports families and communities through its projects in caring for its orphans and other vulnerable children and families. They provide direct support to children and families in need.

Our Mission
"Beautiful Gate South Africa seeks to reflect God's image as we care for and protect children, preserve and empower families, and mobilize our local community."

Beautiful Gate, South Africa, is an interdenominational Christian organization providing care and support for vulnerable children and families. We believe that the best place for each child is within a family, and that the best way to support families is to enable their community to provide support.

In South Africa, our community based ministry is situated on the outskirts of Cape Town, in the informal area of Lower Crossroads. Here, we restore the capacity of the community and of families to care for their children or, where this is not possible, to find alternate families.

Beautiful Gate has emerged as a trustworthy partner to the local community and to other NGO's. They also partner with the government in addressing issues of HIV/AIDS and its impact on children, families and the community.

We are a registered not-for-profit organization in South Africa.

• Christ-centred: Our lives and conduct will be in line with His Word. We are a faith-drivenorganization.

• Respect: We value each individual. We embrace and foster an environment of love, dignity and respect towards all people.

• Team Work: We create an environment of mutual trust, team spirit and responsibility.

• Accountability: We are accountable to God, to our beneficiaries, to each other and to those who support us.

• Excellence: We are committed to ongoing learning that will continually improve our standards.

• To provide an interim safe environment for children, actively working
towards reunification and foster placement.

• To empower and strengthen families within their community, thorough development

• To provide Christ-centred training, education and discipleship

• To build relationships with our community.
Youth Development - Working with a core group of 80 teenagers each week, to help them reach other youth with life skills, leadership skills, and to serve and provide constructive activities such as dance and drama.

Community Networking - Encouraging the community to work together to solve problems and build a better future for their children.

Resource Center - Providing information, referrals, facilities and other resources to families, young people and community groups; to enable them to develop and become strong.

Strengthening Families - Providing access to grants, short term food relief, advice and referrals, for 240 families; To help them to stay together and find long term solutions.

• Pediatric ARV Clinic - in partnership with the government clinic, we provide access to treatment for over 400 HIV+ children.

Crisis Care - a registered temporary place of safety for up to 40 abused, abandoned or orphaned children in need of protection, love, nutritious food and medical care.

• Reunification - finding a permanent family (birth, extended or foster family) for the children who come into crisis care.

In September, 2010, a beautiful little baby boy was delivered to Beautiful Gate by a local social worker. Police patrolling at night had found him crying on the side of the road where he had been abandoned by his mother.

Aya was a few weeks old, and although he looked stressed, he seemed fine. That same month, three newborns were abandoned in the city. According to child Welfare, 500 children are abandoned every year in our community.

Why would a mother abandon her baby in this way? Teen pregnancy, along with poverty, HIV, lack of food and alcohol abuse all contribute to child abandonment.

Aya joined the other children at Beautiful Gate. We did medical checks, to be sure that he was healthy. We appealed to the public for help to find the mother, all to no avail. After a small health scare, Aya is doing well, and is a healthy bubbling little boy.

Less than a year after he was found, we located a family for Aya, and he was adopted by a couple in Cape Town. The family initially visited us and later had Aya for the weekend. Their hearts were captured by Aya, and he had bonded so well with them, they adopted him. We will miss him, but his journey is such an inspiration.

Beautiful Gates sees preserving families as vital to bring justice for children, but still much more is needed to help preserve families in our city. We are a Christian organization demonstrating the love of God by helping those in need, no matter what their background or faith. Children grow best in a family, and families are best supported by their local community. Our aim is to build a community network, while caring for children and supporting families.