• 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

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.

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.

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.


  • 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.

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


A million thanks to everyone who has donated so far to the handout next Tuesday to hundreds of starving people. We have R32000 which will buy a nutritious and enriched ePap meal a day for 534 adults for 3 weeks (maybe the length of the extension of our lockdown?). e'Pap Technology contains much of the vitamins and goodness that we need to keep us going through the day.
Thank you to Rose Grealy Kransdorff of ePap who has been so kind and generous.
We also have vegetable packs being handed out by Khanyi Chaba, grateful thanks to her.
Amanda TMathebula has organised the handout, from ward councillor to the recreation centre and beneficiaries. She is a phenomenon.
The beneficiaries all live in Eldorado Park. They are from the overcrowded flats in the area, as well as shacks all around. Elderly grandmothers who look after scores of grandchildren have been invited, as have families who live in shacks in the vicinity. Shack dwellers from nearby Kliptown(very poverty stricken suburb) have also been invited. We are waiting for the final tally of donations and tomorrow morning we can place the order with ePap. The more that comes in, the more we can feed from Kliptown.
You out there are simply amazing. Thank you, and sleep easier knowing that 534+ people will be fed during this disastrous time.

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I cannot stand the hunger out there anymore. I need to go hand out in the squatter camp.The poor have started only eating mielie pap again, they are not buying meat, chicken or dairy anymore. Those images of the gogo’s and their multitude of grandchildren living in such poverty,who go hungry every night.

I would like to organise sachets of ePap ( fortified food) which I will hand out to my community of squatter residents. This at least will give them adequate nutrition.
I need a substantial amount to hand out though, one cannot arrive in an area of desperate starving people and only give a few. My safety will be in danger. I hope to hand out parcels for 4 family members.

Please help me by donating to
Boikanyo the Dion Herson Foundation
Standard Bank
Branch code: 051001
SWIFT (International donations) SBZAZAJJ

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Tonight we begin lockdown for 21 days to try stop the virus from spreading. I worry about the families who are on top of one another up in one roomed shacks. How can they not get irritated and frustrated. I worry about the animal neglect because many are not working for 21 days and cannot feed their families, let alone pets. I worry about cruelty in general. May we succeed in halting the spread to a population who are immunocompromised and have inadequate nutrition. May there just be a merciful God up there. Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrica. ...

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Live broadcast from Gauteng government: if you know of someone in need of food during the lockdown (the poor) , you can phone 0800 428 8364 and food supplies will be delivered for the less fortunate. Please share. ...

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Covid 19, here is a wonderful video on how the virus is spread. Please show whomever you can , and share. video is an example of how quickly bacteria and viruses can spread, and how easy it is to get infected without even thinking about it.

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