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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King Edward VII School you are just fantastic. I distributed your blankets to a school way way out at the other end of Soweto. Here are some of the recipients. ...

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Aaron's Rock Your Socks eventually pictures arrived of the handout in Alex in May. Thank you little big guy - you have made those freezing days for these shack dwelling little ones a little more bearable. Having warm feet changes your entire experience of your day.
Kelly-Ann Van Der Meer and Johannesburg Mini Council thank you for these Easter Eggs!
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Mandela Day is this Thursday, we have been lucky enough to be beneficiaries of the Nashua Children's Charity Foundation 67 minutes of goodwill.
We were asked to choose 6 little girls to represent us at a humongous party, for me this was a difficult request. We have so many children, all of them special, how to find those children who stand out in the crowd that I could send.....I decided that our special children will be those who have been through terrible trauma, and contacted Miranda Jordan of Women and Men Against Child Abuse. This phenomenal organisation has clinics where children who are about to testify against their abusers in court, are prepped. So now we have 6 little girls all ready to go represent us and be treated like princesses!
For little ones whose short lives have taken them through hell, and who live in abject poverty, this day is such a blessing. Thank you Helen Fraser of Nashua Children's Fund for this, But that's not all! There will be a big truck of donations that we will receive for distribution. We are truly blessed.
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For those of us who seek answers as to why some have it so hard, just the affirmation this week that everything happens for a reason, was very comforting. My encounter with the 2 tied up puppies has resulted in me connecting 2 giants in the world of animal rescue. Cannot give more details but I can rest knowing that animals in my hood of Soweto have some reason to celebrate. The most compassionate man who self funds sterilisations and runners on his meagre salary because he cannot stand the suffering in the squatter camps, is not alone anymore. ...

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There was a beautiful upside to the traumatic find of 2 puppies tied up for life to their kennel in Protea South squatter camp: I went back to the shack 2 hours later and the road was buzzing. I stood out like a sore thumb - a white woman arriving alone in a car whilst everyone else was walking. People glared at me, I dont blame them. I parked on the pavement of the house and a few men walked towards me staring at me, then passing me. One man got a chair and sat on the pavement outside the house, watching and listening. I knocked and Thando came out. I offered her help her with her dogs and waited for her to change their water. I finished up by telling her that I will put her dogs on runners. I was now ready to go, and had forgotten about the man. I was at my car when ours eyes met - oh wow. The look on his face was amazing. He was smiling at me with such love, that stoney glare was replaced with absolute radiance - such appreciation, it was palpable. I smiled back and told him that every living creature on this planet deserves a life. He agreed. I told him those puppies deserve one too, he agreed. And then I left. Kindness...its infectious. ...

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