About us

We are a UK based charity set up in 2004 setting out to break the cycle of abuse of small children. We were moved to set up this charity after hearing of the appalling stories of innocent children, and babies, on the receiving end of some of the most atrocious behaviours. Because, as trustees and founder, we have many years partnership, community, training and health expertise we focus on the most vulnerable and the local communities aiming for sustainable change whilst knowing there are many external and historical influencing factors.

At the infant trust we aim to protect the most vulnerable - not through providing direct services ourselves but by working in partnership with existing or new services. Because we know they have a major impact [research and empirical evidence tells us…. ] we home in on two absolutely fundamental issues:

  1. Empowering local women – but also men and communities – through focused and specialist training whether they are volunteer or paid workers, or community groups or traditional healers or home based carers.
  2. Concentrating on where there are many orphans and vulnerable children, often living in child-headed families and in situations made so much worse by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Background to our work

Background to our work  

Why we exist

Our work in South Africa  

Our work in South Africa

Our work in South Africa

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Our project locations

Map of South Africa

To date, with the help of DHL, we have sent from the UK to South Africa, over 2,500 soft toys for vulnerable children. The outpouring of love and donations of beautiful soft toys has been quite amazing and we thank every child and parent/guardian who have donated. Each and every toy that we sent will be cherished in their new home. We are now stopping accepting toys because those lovely people at http://theteddytrust.wixsite.com/home do this all the time, again with DHL, and send toys to children all over the world. Any kind people who wish to donate will now be referred to them.

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We are proud and honoured that our work has been recognised by the UK Prime Minister, and that he has given Lesley his Point of Light award, stating
With the Infant Trust Lesley has empowered thousands of women across South Africa to protect and safeguard children in their communities. The education and training she has provided has helped to improve the lives of over 800,000 children, tackling the violence and abuse that affects too many of them in their early years. As we mark International Women’s Day this week I am delighted to recognise all that Lesley has done.”
You can find the full story at https://www.pointsoflight.gov.uk/2268-2/

Why are so many small children abused by male perpetrators in South Africa? Our researcher interviewed 27 perpetrators in prison in South Africa; all are in jail after being found guilty of some of the most terrible crimes against some of the most vulnerable children – some as young as a few days old. Those interviewed are all men aged between 16 years and 84 years old, and all have brutalised and raped at least one child. But the findings aren’t maybe what we might expect – it makes interesting reading.  We have been funding research into this for 5 years and it is finally finished and published – you can read the summary here

Our flagship Caring for Crèches programme has reached into some of the poorest communities in five of the nine provinces in South Africa and we have crèche leaders everywhere clamouring for the training. We have now trained over 2,200 people and they in turn have already positively impacted on the lives of over 160,000 children … and will continue to help many hundreds more children for years to come

Just once in a while, amongst all the amazing work that is done to help children in South Africa, we come across a shining star. One such is Wilhelmina who determined to setup a refuge for abandoned children.
Newsletter The report from our most recent visit to South Africa

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