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

Assisting shack dwelling Children with special needs

We come across children in the area in which we work who are differently- abled and whose caregivers struggle to look after them. We assist by sourcing specialised seating equipment, as well as finding suitable institutions who can take the child into their care. Living with disabilities is a challenge when there is running water and electricity at home, the families we assist generally have no access to this basic human right, they are so poverty stricken. Children who are born into families who live in informal settlements are very compromised. Keeping them clean, fed, and ensuring that they have access to equipment is so challenging.

Once we have knowledge of a child with special needs, we do as much as possible to ensure that the child survives. We either assist families to place them in care facilities, or offer support to those who are still cared for at home. We network with other NGO’s who assist us with equipment, and various Chapter 9 institutions who ensure that children are moved into suitable care facilities.

It is not what we get. But who we become, what we contribute… that gives meaning to our lives.

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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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