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.

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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There is much excitement in Burgersfort (Limpopo), at The Paige Project, and of course at Boikanyo DHF. Last year the Diller program of King David High School raised money for the restoration of 14 wheelchairs to go to 14 profoundly affected cerebral palsy children in the middle of nowhere who have little chance of ever getting their own wheelchair. Their lifespan is considerably decreased once the contractures and deformities of their condition sets in. They cannot eat properly, one cannot eat if one is twisted and contorted. The buggies will allow them to be positioned as correctly as possible. Each restored chair was collected from different hospitals in Gauteng. The Paige Project hangs on to them until the day that a donation arrives, then they are stripped, cleaned up, and voila - a new buggy is born. So far 7 buggies have been completed, they look brand new. On 6 February we will head out and the children will be fitted into their own set of wheels. Thank you Diller angels, I wonder if those incredible kids who were in grade 11 have the faintest idea of what they have just funded....Ask any mother or grandmother of a cerebral palsy child. ...

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This long and difficult year has ended. I stopped posting on FB a month or so ago, I just need to rest my soul, I have seen too much this year. My last post has to go to a dear friend however.... A man who humbles me and offers solace to those without a voice, Gideon Morar of Gideon's Animal Outreach. Together we went to tend to the animals in Protea South squatter camp this week. Together we discovered a pitbul that lived in pain and wasn't afforded medical care at all... Torture essentially.
It has taken a good few days for his threats and promises of the dog being removed for euthenasia, as the law requires. Honestly I have never seen him so upset.
Yesterday news came that the dog was finally taken to a vet by the owner, and was mercifully put down. So today I post, so grateful that Gids made sure what had to happen did in fact happen.
To all of us who give of ourselves to the point of exhaustion and burn out, seeing the unseeable.. next year begins again in January. Best we rest up.
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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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