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

 

 

 

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Another rough day in the squatter camp. Trying to get the mother of this baby to give this little one to her aunt to look after. Aunt looks after her other 2 (older one pictured here). Our priority is 'best interests of the child', it has to be. Mom can barely care for herself and has had the most tragic life,she has known such violence. Story is very complicated, but the idea is to assist her and not to take the child away from her. Aunt lives a kilometer away. ...

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Aaron's Rock Your Socks sending you special man a HUUUUUGE thank you for never forgetting those sockless feet out there. Herewith the beginning of the next hand out. Our foot hero!! ...

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I was contacted by a desperate mom in Zambia who urgently needs a chair for her daughter who was born with cerebral palsy. No treatment there, no help at all. How to get the chair to Zambia was the challenge.
Melody Eggar the most industrious and kind compassionate soul- you have arranged transport for a child's wheelchair to Zambia!!!! Steff Myers yoh...you 2 pulled this one off!
Bless you and whomever has agreed to take this chair for little Prisca. She is 11 years old, born premature, her legs are badly affected. With no intervention those legs are bent at the hips and knees. She is heavy now and her mom can't carry her on her back anymore. Children like this little one have totally normal intelligence... Not going out is devastating.
Melody.... You have done such a huge something here. Now to access the chair. Need to cover costs and purchase it. Lenny Chita
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Need to get a child's wheelchair to Zambia. Any suggestions or offers? ...

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Looking for any Ngos or businesses who operate in Snake Park Soweto. Very poor community living on mine dump. Looking to help with the many cerebral palsy children - apparently from acid mine drainage and uranium poisening.
If anyone knows who is responsible for abandoned mines pls share with us.
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