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

Education: The key to a future

EDUCATION: THE KEY TO A FUTURE

We have worked in the area for long enough to recognise that the ONLY way out of this dire poverty is education. We acknowledge that the social circumstances of many learners are not conducive to studying, but we cannot give up on these children getting an education.

We are so excited to announce that we have launched a brilliant pilot project in January 2019 which aims at keeping children in school beyond grade 10, changing the way they feel about themselves, and improving maths marks too. Grade 8 pupils of Sekano Ntoane Secondary School will attend extra lessons every Saturday morning where tutors trained by Jade Education will revisit the core building blocks/foundations of maths. Famsa (Family Life Centre) and two independent social workers will concurrently run psycho-social programs aimed at improving learner self esteem, personal hygiene, and emotional well being.

We have a good track record of assisting schools in the area. In 2018 we these programs at various schools in the area:

  • Sanitary pad handouts for the entire year to almost 300 girls at Mapetla High School.
  • Washable sanitary pads to over 50 girls at Protea South Primary School.
  • Menstrual cups to over 50 girls at Sekano Ntoane Secondary School.
  • Over 500 pairs of school shoes and socks handed out to pupils at Khotso Primary School, Sedibathuto High Primary School, Mapetla High School and Megatong Primary School .
  • Select items of school uniform for desperate children
  • Saturday morning extra maths lessons at Mapetla High School

OUR IMPACT:

  • R48000 worth of sanitary pads, as well as menstrual cup handout, washable sanitary towels handout
  • R180000 for extra maths tutoring
  • R100000 for school shoes
  • We have positively impacted on the morale of all involved: learners, schools, parents/caregivers, teachers, and Soweto Department of Education.

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Boikanyo the Dion Herson Foundation is running a maths program in a very poorly performing school in Soweto. We are taking grade 8 learners back to where the problem started, grade 3/4 maths. This program is phenomenal, its being run by Lord of Singapore Maths South Africa. Learners are getting e'Pap Technology before the lesson on a Saturday (children take 4 packets), and The Family Life Centre has run a counselling program with the children.
Our numbers have dwindled and I insisted on them being tested to see their maths skills, the results appeared to be very so -so. Whew was I disappointed. I
went to the school this week to discuss with them who will be invited to the incredible day that we have planned at the end of September.
Wow. I should have done this months ago. The head of department at the school, and the teacher who oversees the needs of the most needy children happened to meet me. They told me they had smiled all morning when they looked at the list of learners Lord had identified to be invited, our 'frequent flyers'.
They were essentially the children who had absolutely nothing. They came from the most poverty stricken families, they had no clothes or school shoes, they have seen the worst of humankind. These children saw a future for themselves. They were determined to lift themselves out of poverty. These are the children who we are assisting! I have long noticed that look of despair in their eyes and the threadbare clothes many wear, but I didnt put two and two together.
Going back to our aim of the program, there is was: to develop a love for maths and instill self confidence in children.
The Noah Project is a resounding success. Marks are not the issue here, we are building children who live in hell. So so proud.
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Remember this little man, Tumelo? I carried him out of his shocking shack 2 years ago, weighing just 13kg, aged 9. He was covered in faeces, had no clothes and was covered by a dirty towel. Rats had bitten off the tIps of some of his toes. Matthew Du Plessis of the SA Human Rights Commission stepped in to facilitate his removal.

Here he is today, bless Little Eden Society. Still in his own world, but thriving. Sister Maritza....bless you again.Moira Simpson of Kids Haven took in his siblings and cousin. Thank heavens for such wonderful people with such huge hearts. Michael Said
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Another good day helping dogs and a cat in the squatter camp. Two more dogs taken for sterilization, one put on a wire runner. Warmest thank you to Tercia Smith of Marltons pet products for the donation of deworming liquid and collars, as well as Jen Mills of Ascendis Health. The collars we will keep for dogs who have been tied up to kennels, they will be part of the runners. ...

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God bless those who make it their life's work to care for the helpless. We salute you Little Eden Society who have taken in Meshack and Shadrack, the twins who lived in such deprivation and who so desperately need assistance as their little bodies become weaker and more debilitated. Their parents have cared for them with love and devotion for 6 years now from home - a shack - in Protea South Squatter camp. As they get older things will get more demanding for mom, she has a 3 month old baby as well. Mealtimes will take hours as they struggle to eat. Enter wonderful Sister Maritza, she is in charge of the home. She has also seen the boys plight and is familiar with their home circumstances from FB. She took them in, not flinching that there were 2 of them, recognizing this was a lifesaving move. Their lives would have been shortened and filled with much suffering if she hadnt take pity on them. Here they will be fed full bowls of food (they just ate and ate and ate), and then had dessert. They will have therapy and even have a juccuzi weekly. Meshi has so deteriorated over the last 8 months, he is a shadow of who he was, he is now worse than Shadi. They will have their own beds, therapy, and hours of stimulation. Mom will come visit, but their survival won't depend on her anymore. Isn't this what its all about - fellow human beings trying make life bearable for those who are born into such terrible adversity? ...

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