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.

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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A photo snapped from somewhere in the Ulundi/Eshowe area, deep rural KZN, a family comes to fetch a bag of e'Pap. As a polio survivor, this grandfathers disability grant feeds 5 members of his family.
Its absurd.
To be able to help his family survive the famine is our honour. Thank you Kavod Trust.
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We had an incredible handout of ePap in Allemansdrift B, an area near Vaalbank, Mpumalanga. Dr Kelly Szabo, an expat SAfrican, moved into the area 20 months ago and has committed the next few years to uplifting the area. This handout was special, Value Logistics donated the transport, and Northcliff Rotary Club donated 100 walking aids. The e'Pap Foundation and Boikanyo the Dion Herson Foundation donated the one ton of e'Pap. Shew, Kelly goes down as one of the most inspiring women we have met. ...

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Last week we went into a place of the most incredible beauty: Manguzi in Northern KZN. It is here that the children are 3 to 5 times hungrier than anywhere else in the country. Desperate Mozambicans who may have a child with disability have also set up home here, there is a state hospital in the area who offers some hope. Its difficult to distinguish between the beauty and the desperation. Both are glaringly obvious. A question just lingers as we walked the most beautiful path into an area where people live on a nearby mountain....their view of the 3rd and 4th lakes of Kosi Bay - absolutely breathtaking: how many of us would live like these people do? How do people accept that they are simply invisible, they dont own their land and they have no human rights? When they start to stand up for what is rightfully theirs, we will live in a country where the people dictate, not thieving and corruption. Thank you Kavod Trust for donations to this area. ...

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Yesterday a truck went off from Pretoria with 4.7 tons of e'Pap on board. It is destined for White River where Rotary Club of White River will be overseeing and distributing a massive donation. The South African Jewish Board of Deputies and The Angel Network SA have sent this gift of life to this area where children and the elderly who look after them are starving.
Few consider the impact that covid has had on the communities out in the rural areas, there is so much focus on what is happening in our own areas. This plague and famine have affected everyone, even those in places where no one sees them.
Just like Life Esidimeni, it will be the ones we dont see that will suffer the most. Frail little ones waste away with no access to media who could have told their story. We fear the ramifications if gogo's die, who on earth will look after (sometimes 20) grandchildren. There are no institutions in the middle of nowhere. These children become child headed households, with a neighbour popping in here and there.

We are so grateful to magnificent people like those mentioned above. Glynne and Wendy, you havent forgotten, we will ensure that their donation will go where it will make the most impact...far far away.
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