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

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.

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

OUR MISSION:
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.

OUR IMPACT:

  • 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

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The balance of nutritional ePap was handed to a rural hospital in Northern KZN 2 weeks ago, I wanted it to go to cerebral palsy children. This hospital is on the Mozambican border, mothers who are desperate climb through the fence from Mozam with children who are very ill, or profoundly brain damaged. They live in abject poverty here in SA, just so that their child can get some sort of medical care and therapy. These are the children I chose to get a nutritional supplement. Not that the SA mothers have it any easier, of course their children will eat as well. The intention was for those brave and anonymous children (who starve, yet live on love). At least those children with broken bodies will have some nourishment. ...

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We dropped off 5 × 25kg bags of ePap leftover from our Noah Project, in Northern KZN at Manguzi Hospital (beautiful rural hospital on Mozam border) Dropped off clothes and some walking sticks too, they will be handed out to children with disabities. We could never visit the area without making a drop off at the hospital. ...

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This one is for those who I meet out there, the incredibly courageous people who face such challenges with such dignity.... ...

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