Atlantic Hope was founded by Marilyn May, an Enrolled Staff nurse registered with the South African Nursing Council and a member of the Society of Private Nurse Practitioners of South Africa.

She has over a decade of experience and expertise as a nurse in well-baby clinics, as a lactation counsellor, and as an Advanced Doula registered through WOMBS. She has successfully completed the Safe Care and Foster Parent Training Programme at Agape Community Services.

Marilyn is recognised by the Provincial Western Cape Department of Social Development as an approved safety parent, with a focus on child protection, and works closely with numerous Social Services in the Western Cape and surrounds.

Established in 2010, Atlantic Hope is a safety house for vulnerable babies, providing temporary and immediate placement within a safe and loving environment.

We provide basic developmental, physical and mental care. Medical needs are prioritised, and babies are fed, kept warm, and given affection in a stable environment.

Atlantic Hope is legally approved to house up to six babies at one time, for short stays. We look to accommodate more babies for longer stays, providing care whilst legal decisions and proceedings determining the child’s future are conducted. This vision would require larger premises as currently we operate out of the founder’s home.



In the time that Atlantic Hope has been operating, over 80 babies have been placed in our care. Each one has gone on to a more permanent caring and supportive environment.
Atlantic Hope’s dedicated team includes full time carers and part-time administrative staff, supported by a local network of community members, volunteers, health specialists and social workers, working together for the best interests of the child.

Meet Our Team

  • Marilyn May
    Marilyn MayFOUNDER
    • Wendy Lessing
      Wendy LessingAdmin & Carer
      • Cynthia
        • Eliza

          This is our home

          Atlantic Hope is registered as a Non-Profit Organisation (Reg. No.: 085-420-NPO) in terms of the Non-Profit Organisations Act, 1997 and as a Public Benefit Organisation (Reg. No.: 930036207) with the South African Revenue Services. All contributions made to Atlantic Hope are tax deductible in terms of S18A of the Income Tax Act and qualify as a Socio-Economic Development contribution for B-BBEE purposes.

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