A seed was planted in Bertha Spies' heart one night while counselling a young man who could not cope with life. This young man was rejected in the mother’s womb, and at the age of 14 days he was left in a container on the streets of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Today, Bertha is the founder of El-Shammah Home for Abandoned Babies, a home and a place of safety where abandoned babies receive Godly love and special care by trained staff 24-hours a day. El-Shammah Home for Abandoned Babies officially opened on 13 May 2009.

The main objective and vision of the home is to care for abandoned and or unwanted babies from newborn until approximately 12 months as a place of safety.

The mission of the home is to facilitate a safe and neat home environment where the babies can find a place of love, care, and protection and where they can experience true motherly nourishment physically, spiritually, and emotionally through full time qualified and trained care givers on a 24/7 basis.

At full capacity the 3 bedroom Home can accommodate 20 babies in the age groups of newborn – 3 months, 4-6 months and 7-12 months respectively. However at this stage only 2 bedrooms are available to accommodate babies as the 3rd bedroom is utilized by the house mother who is also the supervisor and who is on duty and or on standby on a 24/7 basis for and on behalf of the babies.