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

Improving Maths Skills – Noah Project

We have been involved with 5 schools since we arrived in the area in 2012, working with children from grade R through to matric. We want to see children finishing school and not dropping out. We recognised that the standard of education needed to be uplifted, to this end we introduced various initiatives which have gone a long way in bringing dignity and support to the children, parents and staff.

The schools we assist are mainly Section 20 schools. These schools are fully funded by the provincial government and are not allowed to charge school fees. Classes are huge, the teacher/pupil ratio is skewed, and there is a shortage of suitably qualified teachers. Our focus was originally on supplying schoolchildren with sanitary pads, school shoes and socks. For the last few years however we have been focusing on maths and life skills.

In 2018 We sponsored extra maths lessons for over 200 grade 9 children at a nearby high school. The results were very good. In 2019 we began an entirely new program – the Noah Project . This Noah Project offered over 200 grade 8 learners at a local high school a monitored and evaluated Asian experiential maths program. This program took learners back to grade 4 maths, slotting in the foundation that they missed. Life skills were included. It ran for the duration of 2019. The results were phenomenal. It took place on a Saturday morning. A nutritional supplement, Epap, was given to the children before the start of the lessons.

In 2020 the Noah program will be expanded to a primary school. This time it will include both grade 4 and 5 learners. This too will have maths and a life skills component, as with the last program (see results below Noah Impact Report).

Noah Impact Report NOV 2019

OUR IMPACT:

      • Maths education augmented for hundreds of grade 8 and 9 children.
      • Life skills for hundreds of children who live in abject poverty.
      • We keep children in school, progressing as far as possible with maths.

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

Anthony Robbins

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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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