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