• 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


Last week a small group of us went to see the feasibility of sending up e'Pap to very small NPO's in the Acornhoek/Bushbuckridge/Phalaborwa area. South African Jewish Board of Deputies and The Angel Network SA - donated this lifesaving gift, tons and tons of it.

As time goes on I have learned a new yardstick for poverty - the state of the dogs. Dogs are fed last, once the rest of the family eats. After much trepidation that this area was so badly affected by covid, it turned out that it was not one of the worst affected. That dubious award goes to ANYWHERE in rural KZN.

Nonetheless, the state of the foreigner nationals is the same wherever you look. Absolutely pathetic!!! We saw Mozambican families who live abysmal lives. Nothing, just nothing, to their names.
Somehow tenacity and will to survive lives on in people no matter how oppressed and starved they are.

By the end of this week the next load of e'Pap will be dispatched to this area. Thank you kind wonderful leaders of the Jewish community of Johannesburg, you have really come to the party and saved lives.

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I have spent the best part of the last 10 days trying to pinpoint where our next R200 000 of emergency covid food relief from the incredible The Angel Network SA and South African Jewish Board of Deputies will be spent, where will the e'Pap go?
The foreign nationals have won this round...This donation will go to the Acornhoek/Buffelshoek/Phalaborwa and Musina areas.
The idea behind sending to these areas is to provide smaller NPO's (who literally have nothing more than a dept of social development number) with e'Pap for those who are arriving across the border, either returning or just plain starving. These small NPO's are the organisations who can satisfy my need to assist foreign nationals...

So next tuesday Rose Grealy Kransdorff of e'Pap Technology, me and Denise Abrahams (who helps find suffering dogs tied up) will climb into our hired 4 wheel drive and head out to the middle of literally nowhere. We have no idea what to expect as far as roads go, if it rains it may be a huge challenge. There may be no roads, we cannot find coordinates of any of the drop in centres I have stumbled over, unable to communicate in English.
If things are bad here in the shockingly poor areas, we need to brace ourselves for the worst....

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Dogs and they have fared during covid is a sign of how the plague and famine has hit us.
When we went to Manguzi we didnt see dogs, they hopefully were starved to death a while ago. A trip through Protea South squatter camp for me has however reminded me that our animals tied up are still around, many of them much thinner. A new puppy here and there has arrived, I have no illusions they will only survive a few months as well.
Gideon Morar from Gideon's Animal Outreach met with me 2 days ago, we just received a phenomenal donation of collars and leads from Sue Ruttimann. Enough for 40 dogs who have rope or wire around their necks. He told me stories of dogs he sees left to die with no food, just tied up helplessly. He has taken a few of them to be euthanized. The government has made it clear to us all that we are worthless, I wonder if we can expect those who are STARVING to be any better to other creatures? Its a debate...but for the meanwhile the conditions in the squatter camps are shocking. Thin people who are are acting without compassion....I cant bear this much longer.

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The last few weeks have been so difficult, I have kept away from FB because I have dipped into a world which is unfathomable to me, one which I cant deal with well, and one which has no pictures to post. Sexual abuse of a 15 year old by her uncle who she is forced to live with, and physical abuse of a 10 year old at the hands of his mother. Shocking burn on top of past beatings. One of the schools that I assist in Soweto had no idea what to do either, they called me in...this lead to me involving the Teddy Bear Clinic, who sent on to SAPS. Both children are being 'managed', thanks to the principal who has been a star since going down the long road
This has not been a picnic.

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