• 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.

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson


So ...I have researched for weeks where to send the next 2 loads of e'Pap.
I want it to be sent out the people who undoubtedly suffer unbearable here: foreign nationals. These people are blamed for so much, but for the most part, their only sin is fleeing intolerable circumstances back home.
Rose Grealy Kransdorff from the e'Pap Foundation and I from Boikanyo DHF have found it so difficult to bear witness to the deprivation that foreign nationals live in, more specifically those living along the immediate borders of Zim, Lesotho, Mozambique and Swaziland. They arrived with nothing but the clothes on their backs.
But how to locate them.....they are not on a map, nor are they known to any one NGO. But one certainty surely has to be that they must be praying for some salvation. The Catholic Church! I approached the church who sent on the request to all sorts of divisions within. Finally, we have a contact who has sourced small parishes who can assist in identifying thousands of these poor souls.
So here we go again, the next e'Pap handout goes out to invisible children along our border areas who stand little to no chance of kindness here, despite the desperate conditions....

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We first met this young man, Oratile in 2017 . His vision in 1 eye never developed and he is severely short sighted in his other eye. At that time Michelle Pencharz from Peers & Fisher Optometrists toghether with her colleauge Estee Lee provided pro bono assessments, new lenses and frames which served him well. We received a call on 6 Oct 2020 from him to say that someone had broken his glasses. Within a day I had an offer for pro bono work from another friend of our NGO, Heidi Amoils from Optometrist, Randridge Mall. Heidi consulted with Michelle Pencharz to compare scripts and then she retested his eyes, had new lenses and frames made up. By 22 Oct the gift and blessing of sight has been made possible. Heidi also provided him with a referral note to go to St Johns where he can get specialist care. May Oratile continue to enjoy the blessing of sight, may he learn well, go places, reach his greatest potential, vision and dreams. ( consent has been received from his mom to share his picture). ...

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Tumelo is gone, he left our world last Thursday.
A brave soul who accomplished so much in his short life of so much suffering. A non-verbal child with many problems, I discovered him about 4 years ago when his older sister sank into a deep depression which was picked up by an observant teacher. I went to do a home visit with an auxiliary social worker, we were told there was a child with disability at her home as well. On the 4th subsequent visit I finally got to see the disabled child, to my horror he was emaciated, actually nearing the end. Rats had bitten off the tips of some of his toes, and he weighed 13 kg. He was 8 years old, he had no clothes in the middle of winter, and was covered in feces and a dirty towel. All the children in his shack were starving, there was just no food.
I rushed him to Chiawelo Clinic and he spent the next 6 months in hospital learning to walk. He was never going to speak, he appeared autistic.
When enough government social workers had given up on officially registering him as a South African, they simply dumped him back at home.
His grandmother agreed it was time to place him (and the other children in her care), in alternate residential homes as she wasn't coping.
Along came Little Eden, they took in little man Tumelo, and they cared and loved him until the end. How lucky was he to get a place at this incredible facility for differently - abled.

The other children in the shack went to Kids Haven, the best childrens home in the world.

Some may agree that Tumelo's journey in this world is over, that's why he is gone. I personally believe this. He was the red flag which alerted me not only to his plight, but that of his siblings too. Because of him, 3 others are at Kids Haven, all with a fighting chance of a decent life.

In the end he took care of all of them.

Bless this little man wherever he has gone. I dont believe he will ever leave his siblings side, this is the only consolation for me. He looked out for them in life, why would things change now that he has shed his body with so many limitations...

Farewell to this huge soul who accomplished more than so many others in such a short lifetime. #bravetumelo @tumelosjourney

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Gideon's Animal Outreach came with me to Protea South squatter camp yesterday to help pet owners. What a blessing as usual. Together we brought tick and flea medication, collars and leads, deworming medication, bowls, puppy toys, dog cushions and much more in the form of support and advice. We have beautiful people who read these posts and dont hesitate to assist us.
What would happen to this new generation of pets in this area, they seem to be young pups, if people like us didnt stop by to help?
It's not just about the animals, I work on the premise that if the pets are healthy and not carrying parasites, the children will not pick up parasites from feces that is everywhere.

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