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 initial results of the Noah Project questionnaires that the grade 8 learners who have participated in the Noah Project have come out. From January 2019 we have been taking a high school of grade 8 learners back weekly to the level that their benchmark maths tests placed them on - grade 3 - in lessons designed by Singapore Maths South Africa. We are trying to slot a maths foundation. The most incredible bunch of tutors give the experiential lessons, they are so loved and are so kind to the learners. We can see an entire change in the mindset. They are beginning to believe in themselves, they are realising that maths is not as scary as they thought. They are so enjoying those lessons! They get e'Pap Technology to eat before each session, most like it and a few don't, but those who like it have taken home 5 packets. They all understand it gives them energy. They are having counselling too, this also got a good score. What a program - the most intense we have ever done. It is a pilot study and we literally have problem solved weekly.
To everyone who has worked as hard as we have, especially our amazing tutors (who don't beat the learners - so sad that this was one of the comments) - bless you all.
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'I will never forget this day, 1 May' was the message sent to me on whatsapp by Lenny, mom of little Prisca, who lives in Zambia.

Prisca is already a teenager and finally has a wheelchair of her own which guarantees her independence. Her legs dont work as ours do, other than that she is a teenager like any other, she just grew up in a place where there isn't adequate healthcare. She is now mobile and soon she will be whizzing around her village Lulumba, in Chingola. Thankfully this chair is an all- terrain wheelchair. A regular chair wouldn't last long on those surfaces.

To The Paige Project......you magnificent people!!!!! This chair came to you and you allowed it to be earmarked for Prisca. You have given this little family a new life, thank you so humbly. To Melody Eggar whose husband Harold made sure that the chair arrived safely....you are my absolute very best. Sean Kennedy from SKF Zambia LTD, you loaded this chair onto your truck in SA and delivered it to the family in Zambia. And lastly to Ruth Stubbs who works for the Paige Project, you have dedicated your life to children like Prisca, collecting previously used disability equipment from all over the province for similar children. May a million blessings fall upon you from the heavens.

People suffer so much in Africa, just to have brought some joy to a little one and her mother is such therapy for the soul!
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Looking for a therapist (perhaps doing community service and who lives in Joburg) who works in a rural community. Need to take aluminium walking sticks to hand out FOR FREE to the needy in those communities out in the middle of nowhere. These sticks are from Rotary Northcliff and are intended to help those who have nothing. They are not to be sold. Please inbox me, I need to distribute them. ...

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To our Aaron's Rock Your Socks, the giant soul who looks after our poorest of poor.... Thank you again. Eventually we handed out socks this weekend, all courtesy of you. Bless you. ...

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Northcliff Rotary Club my heart is filled with such admiration and love for you. Dave Woodhouse, you and your team have operated out of an underground parking lot in the middle of town for umpteen years, selfless dedication. The oldest and the youngest with physical limitations come looking for disability equipment. There is something for everyone here at reduced rates or for free if needs be. Containers filled with previously loved wheelchairs and more arrive regularly from various countries and every Friday the shop opens from 12 pm to 2pm. Thank you for this service to humanity. ...

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