• 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

Who We Are

Boikanyo means to have Faith. The NGO was named after 2 inspirational souls: Boikanyo, a dynamic special 8 year old child, and Dion Herson a philanthropist who loved giving to others.

We are a registered charity working with impovershed children in Soweto, South Africa.

Nurturing vulnerable and at risk youth through school, with a view to becoming contributing members of their family, community and society.

We alleviate poverty through networking and partnering, enhancing the school curriculum by introducing programs aimed at a hands up approach.

Boikanyo the Dion Herson Foundation’s  first project was a 1000m sq vegetable garden which was established at Sediba Thuto High Primary School in Mapetla Extension.  Five years later the vegetable garden has been handed over to the community to run. Today Food and Trees for Africa have stepped in to take the garden up another notch. This project afforded  access and opportunities to interact and engage with residents in the area and we got insight into the multi-factorial challenges facing children and teenagers growing up in such dire poverty. The children (and caregivers)  whom we assist generally live in child/grandmother and sick mother headed households. Dire poverty, starvation, crime, abuse, sugar daddies and drugs are but some of the problems in the area.

Our Have a Heart Campaign sees acts of random kindness directed towards families living in dire poverty. We collect donations, take children on outings, and fund initiatives under this umbrella.

One undeniable fact remains; without education the children of the area have a bleak future. Half of those enrolled in grade 1 drop out of school by grade 10, and one only has to look at the absence of good grade R programs and how this hinders education. By the time the children enter high school in grade 8, there are many issues which work against young people impeding chances of making a success of school: the very low standard of education which is worse for girls as they miss so many school days during menstruation. Unaffordable uniforms and school shoes add to the problem.


  • Almost R3m ($240000) worth of programs, donations and campaigns for the children and their caregivers in Protea South, Mapetla, Chiawelo and surrounds.
  • We have touched the lives of over 12000 children: warmth, comfort, sanitary, dignity, economic, less absenteeism, full tummy, extra lessons, treats, facilitating education, have a future, attendance, pass rate, morale, comfy feet, hope, humanitarian assistance, disability equipment, veggies, better school, grade R




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

Anthony Robbins


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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