Boikanyo

  • NPO registration number: 145-107 NPO
  • NGO registration number: IT 159/2011
  • Public Benefit Organisation: 930 036 635
  • Standard Bank Balfour Park
  • Branch Code: 051001
  • Account no: 331 784 408
  • SWIFT Address: SBZAZAJJ

Who We Are

Boikanyo means to have Faith. The NGO was named after 2 inspirational souls: Boikanyo, a dynamic special 8 year old child, and Dion Herson a philanthropist who loved giving to others.

Boikanyo the Dion Herson Foundation is a non profit organization working with indigent children and their caregivers in impoverished township communities within Gauteng.

OUR VISION:
Nurturing vulnerable and at-risk youth, whether they are able-bodied or differently-abled. We view children holistically, we believe a child has a greater chance if issues are tackled from more than one angle.

OUR MISSION:
We alleviate poverty through networking and partnering with experts in the field. We work a lot with schools, focusing on keeping impoverished children from dropping out by augmenting maths and life skills programs.

Boikanyo the Dion Herson Foundation’s  first project was focused on food security and upskilling caregivers in the community. We planted a 1000m sq vegetable garden at Sediba Thuto High Primary School in Soweto in 2012.  This vegetable garden project afforded us opportunities to gain insight into the multi-factorial challenges facing young people growing up in dire poverty. The children (and caregivers)  whom we assist generally live in child/grandmother and sick mother headed households. Poverty, starvation, crime, abuse, sugar daddies, poor health care, sub optimal schooling and drugs are but some of the many problems they face.

One undeniable fact remains; without education the children of the area have a bleak future. Of the 2019 matric (grade 12) graduation group, only  37% of the children who enrolled in grade 1 wrote the final exams, 12 years later. There are a multitude of problems these children live with, which lessens the likelihood of completing school.

OUR IMPACT:

  • Almost R4,4m ($311003,53) of programs, donations and campaigns for the children and their caregivers in Protea South, Mapetla, Chiawelo and surrounds.
  • We have instilled a love for maths in hundreds of children who have been part of our maths/life skills initiatives (Noah Project) at 2 high schools in the area. The participating learners gained a sense of great self worth and accomplishment.
  • In 2020, another 200 children at Glenridge Primary School will benefit from maths and life skills programs. They too will be part of the Noah Project.
  • We secured the construction of a grade R classroom, built from water bottles, at Sediba Thuto High Primary school.
  • We have touched the lives of over 12600 children with:              blankets for warmth, comfort, cleanliness, dignity, economic opportunities, less absenteeism, full tummy, extra lessons, treats, facilitating education, an improved future, school attendance, improved pass rate, improved morale, comfy feet – shoes and socks, hope, jerseys and school uniforms, humanitarian assistance, disability equipment, veggies, better schooling, life skills programs, access to human rights advocacy.

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

Winston Churchill

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To all the brave women out there who have fought the COVID battle in some way..today is ours. We have done 5 months of it, we can do more. That feeling of burnout...
They tell us that Gauteng, E Cape and W Cape have peaked....dont know what that means on the ground. There are still very ill people in hospital, lockdown persists, and famine stalks us.
We will carry on doing what we must, we are strong and resolute.
This time of COVID has come to teach us something, I have no idea what it is. For those who have for the most part been uninvolved in the battle, I invite you to team up with superwoman who is making a difference, and see how amazing it feels to be part of the solution instead.
Heaven know we need the help.....
Sisters...Happy Womans Day.
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I read various news publications over the last few days with absolute rage. To think that so many have done so much to try to feed the nation - something that is the job of a government. To see the 'feeding frenzy' that has ensued with everyone and their uncle who are politically connected, get lucritive contracts...I am in tears.
I cannot forget the picture in my head of the grandmother in Jozini (the area where children are 3 to 5 times hungrier than anywhere else in SA), standing next to her starving dogs and growth stunted grandchildren. I asked her when last everyone ate, she just threw out her arms to her sides and said 'no food'.
This is the reality of these bastards who literally are responsible for crimes against humanity. They are pocketing huge sums of money meant for the starving. Not the hungry - the starving.
Our NGO has relied on other sources of funding for running costs during this time. Any money raised for the starving goes directly to those in the deep rural areas.
How dare government award one anothers spouses and children these contracts?
I am finished from this. May they rot in hell.
But its not enough to just throw up our hands and lament this. One needs to lay a complaint against the government with the Office of the public Protector. We as a society need to empower ourselves and do something as well. The OPP is inundated, lets flood them with more.
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Thank you to special people who havent gone into 'COVID shock' and who have donated blankets so generously. Michele Benatar, and Britt Seligman who runs Jutor, an organisation which has collected 260 blankets for the rural areas already. Imagine being freezing and starving.. ...

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Fingertips of Africa, and to you Yehuda Lazarus, your donation is going to the Transkei either at the end of this week, or beginning of next. Packets of clothes, maize meal, and blankets- the most valuable commodity right now. Huge huge donation, thank you special man for remembering the rural areas. Bless you! ...

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Lets speak up and support the GBVF #ITSNOTOK movement. Visit the website itsnotok.africa and pledge your support. We need to stand together to eradicate this pandemic in out society. GBVF #iITSNOTOK ...

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