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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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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