iKhaya Newsletter – June 2017

Psalm 127: 3-5 "Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!“

Sea, Sand, Sun and Fun!

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A team of visiting volunteers from Redemption City in Denver, Colorado together with Solid Ground Church members and leaders made a trip to the beach with our kiddies. Besides it being winter they enjoyed the chilly water the most! Times like these, where our kids are given the opportunity to connect with people who care, are great as the kids absolutely crave attention and love! The spoils of lunch, drinks and icecreams were just the cherry on top!

The USA volunteers also cleared away an overgrown and delapidated vegetable garden, spent time playing outdoors with the children at home and just connected with them on a personal level during their 2 weeks with us.

Your generous hearts and love for our Father are evident and we appreciate all you invested in our lives through time, hard labour, quality time and gifts. Thanks to you all.

Father's Day

June-2017-2

Empangeni Christian School celebrated Father’s Day by allowing learners to wear ties to school for a day. Boys and girls wore them with pride. We have 8 children in grades R to 5 at this most amazing school. They always go the extra mile and take care of needs beyond education. We are truly blessed to be a part of this school family.


First Family; Now Forever Friends

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We had the awesome priviledge of nurturing, loving, teaching and growing baby Nokubonga (now Zoey) for about 10 months before we bade her farewell as she was placed with foster parents for adoption. We are over joyed that they recognise her bond with us, caregivers and siblings, as her first family and they have chosen to remain in contact with us. A picnic and fun times at Felixton Village was one such occassion. Zoey has immeasurable love for her mommy and daddy but she has not forgotten her first home and loves to play with her friends.

 

Gentlemen’s Tea

June-2017-4

We have our very own preschool at iKhaya for our grade RR and RRR kids (ages 3 and 4 year olds). It was launched a year ago with Bronwyn Mathias as the teacher. She is full of wonderful ideas and the children love schooling with her! This month the boys held a gentlemen’s tea and invited guests were treated to lovely singing and dancing and yummy treats with tea. Thanks Bronwyn for the great morning and well done on all the effort you put into making the school a great success.

 

Heavy Hearts

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Jenny and Sarah have been with us since September 2016. It feels like just a couple of months though as their time with us has simply flown by. They have been a a huge help to me, my staff and have connected with the children on all levels. They have knitted into the community with ease and built some life long friendships.To say they have been a blessing to us is an understatement! They leave us on Wednesday, 19 July to return home to Germany and will be sorely missed as they leave a tremendous void behind them. We already feel emtions whelling up as we simply think of the day they are to leave us. You have both been treasures and our lives are richer for having shared these month with you. We love you both dearly and pray that God continues to use you for bigger and greater things in His kingdom as you seek Him more and more. Until we meet again, farewell from us all.

 

Doing Life...

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Our days are filled with activites, outings and visitors treating us too. Kids love, love to have faces painted and dress uop time is a favourite too! Here are some moments captured over the last month. I’m sure you will agree that we have happy kids in a stunning environment. Thanks to everyone who plays a part in making their lives full and their needs met. We love the heart in which our community reaches out to love and support us and our kids.

Do you want to partner with us?


To get involved or to support our work at iKhaya please contact me by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , by telephone 035-791 1116 or by visiting our website http://www.ikhayalikababa.co.za or our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ikhayalikababa/.

Please share our newsletter with your family and friends and ask them to like our Facebook Page too! Greeting from us all at iKhaya! Love and blessings

Loressa Kritzinger

Co-ordinator

iKhaya Newsletter - May 2017

Psalm 91:2 “I will say to the LORD, "My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!"

Outing to the Unizul Science Centre

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''Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.'' - Benjamin Franklin

Our school kids were invited to visit the Unizul Science Centre this month. The members of the centre organised a special program for our kids, teaching them about interesting plants and about a variety of musical instruments and how to use them. It was wonderful to see how our kids had the opportunity to participate in the program especially by playing these different instruments! Thank you Unizul Science Centre for such a special day!

Fun Day at St Catherine´s Pre-School

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Like every year, St Catherine's Pre-School organised a Fun Day for children, offering horse rides, face-painting, crafts and so much more. The highlight of the day was the magic show with objects disappearing and eggs being magically laid. Two of our kids were brave enough to participate in a magic trick and Jenny our German Volunteer laid an egg. Needless to say our kids had a splendid time, enjoying themselves and the many activities St Catherine's had to offer.

Eagle Creek Spur came on board to spoil us too! We enjoyed their delicious burgers four lunch. Thank you Spur and St Catherine’s for making our day one filled with great memories, loads of fun and much laughter!

Different Kind of Walk

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We are very blessed to be located next to a farm with horses. Our preschool kids fell in love with the horses and are more than excited when they have the opportunity to go for a walk and visit them. However on this occasion they didn't end up walking... instead they were given a luxurious ride on the back of a bakkie. To say they enjoyed it is an understatement!

Homework Centre
We currently have 12 school going aged children attending local schools for grade R to grade 5. As you may imagine, homework time is a real challenge especially seeing as some of our kids need extra one-on-one time to improve in reading and maths and through extra OT at home.

If you are a teacher or mom who would love to invest time in our homework centre we would love to hear from you!

To partner with us please contact me by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , by telephone 035-791 1116 or by visiting our website http://www.ikhayalikababa.co.za or our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ikhayalikababa/.
Please share our newsletter with your family and friends and ask them to like our Facebook Page too!
With love Loressa Kritzinger Co-ordinator

iKhaya Newsletter - April 2017

John 13:34 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I loved you, you also are to love one another“

Holiday Program

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During the easter holidays we welcomed four american students who volunteered to organise the holiday program for our kids. The children had a wonderful time improving their crafting skills by designing their own masks and making their very own bracelets and necklaces. Our kids were not just provided with crafts but were challenged with physical activities as well. It was lovely to see how the kids cheered for one another and motivated each other.

Outing to the farm

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Holidays are the best time for outings with all the kids, such as a visit to the farm adjacent to our property. The kids were invited for horse riding and most importantly… cake! It was lovely to see how much they enjoyed being around the horses and with how much excitement they waited for their turn to ride. We are very proud that even those who hesitated in the beginning, overcame their fears and got to enjoy the ride.

Easter Egg Hunt

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Easter is a special time of the year, especially for children because it‘s the time for chocolates and exciting easter egg hunts! Our kids were overly eager to find the chocolate eggs, which volunteers from Solid Ground Church, hid around the property. Everyone spread out quickly to look in every tree and under every stone for their “treasure“. Needless to say that the eggs were found very promptly and presented by the kids with delight and pride!

Outing to Felixton

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It is in our heart at iKhaya that we provide the kids with the oppurtunity to explore the world beyond our home and the property. One place which has became quite popular for little outings is Felixton, our little neighbouring village. In Felixton our kids are able to safely ride their little motorbikes and explore their surroundings, such as the golf course, huge trees and the dam which fish inhabit. The kids are always more than entrigued to spend time watching the fish and most importantly feeding them bits of bread.

Toddlers and Babies…

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Our mornings are kept eventful and entertaining by the youngsters. We have two toddlers aged 2 ½ years and two babies who stay home while our 4 boys, aged 3-5 years, attend our very own Pre School daily. Now and again the toddlers join forces with the boys for some adventure! They absolutely love visiting the neighbours farmyard while walking along the property fence line or just taking walks together to enjoy some excercise and fresh air. Sarah and Jenny, our German Volunteers, spend quality time with the babies each morning to stimulate and interact with them. This is essential for body strength, social skills and the development of a good foundation for their education as they grow up.

Partnering With iKhaya LikaBaba
Would you love to get involved and be a support to iKhaya? Your gift of time or skills, financial or material donations are all blessings to us! We value every input, be it big or small, as this is what spreads the love and makes our work possible!

Teachers, Doctors, Psychologists, OT and Speech Therapists, Councelors are some of the skills needed. But if you would like to serve in other areas we are always ready to hear from you! Homework Centre We currently have 12 school going aged children attending local schools for grade R to grade 5. As you may imagine, homework time is a real challenge especially seeing as some of our kids need extra one-on-one time to improve in reading and maths.

If you are a teacher or mom who would love to invest time in our homework centre we would love to hear from you!

To partner with us please contact me by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , by telephone 035-791 1116 or by visiting our website http://www.ikhayalikababa.co.za or our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ikhayalikababa/.
Please share our newsletter with your family and friends and ask them to like our Facebook Page too!

iKhaya Newsletter - March 2017

Galatians 6: 10 “So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.”

Athletics at ECS

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Our eight Empangeni Christian School kids had the chance to show their classmates and their teachers how much they improved over this school term by competing with others at the athletic day. It is amazing to see how much they have learned over a couple of months and with how much joy they participate. All of our kids gave of their best and we are more than proud. Well done guys!

Outing to the town library

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“How much better to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.‘‘ Proverbs 16:16 Education is very important for us. That is why our aim is to enable our kids to receive the best education there is to offer. It’s in this light that we took the kids to the town library, where they had the oppurtunity to choose books for themselves and spend quality time reading. It was wonderful to watch how the books grabbed their attention and for a while nothing else was of importance!

Birthday Party

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Three of our children, Sanele, Asanda and Sphelele, celebrated their birthdays with the entire iKhaya family. It was lovely celebration with a loads of cake and generous presents organised by the local BWA. The kids were delighted to spend their special day with loving people and had great time celebrating together.

Vast Open Spaces

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Our kids love to go for walks around the property, on which our home is situated, and collect nuts on the way. A major highlight of every walk is seeing the chickens, which live on a farm next our property. It is amazing to see how time becomes of lesser value as the chickens are given their full attention. Seeing the kids fascinated by God's creation is truely a blessing.

Partnering With iKhaya LikaBaba

Would you love to get involved and be a support to iKhaya?

To partner with us please contact me by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , by telephone 035-791 1116 or by visiting our website http://www.ikhayalikababa.co.za or our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ikhayalikababa/. Your gift of time or skills, financial or material donations are all blessings to us! We value every input, be it big or small, as this is what spreads the love and makes our work possible!

Please share our newsletter with your family and friends and ask them to like our Facebook Page too!

With love Loressa, Staff and Children

Needs: July 2017

Alone we can make a difference but together we can rock the world!

If you feel passionate about improving the lives of the less fortunate and most vulnerable children of our country please contact us or do so anonymously by contributing to the needs of our home. Our new home is ready and has a few needs in terms of furnishings and appliances. We would appreciate any new or used items in good condition.

I have added the main items to the list below.

General Needs:

  • Chest Freezer
  • Piano
  • Heavy Based Cooking Pots and Pans
  • Long-life Milk
  • Black Dustbin Bags
  • Latex Gloves
  • Cleaning agents
  • Wet Wipes
  • Toothbrushes
  • Formula Infacare Number 2
  • Size 3, 4 and 5 Nappies
  • Girls Panties Size 2-14
  • years Kids shoes up to adult size 4 (Open and Closed)

 

Our new home:

  • House Parents
  • Book Shelf
  • Wardrobe
  • Dining Table and Chairs (8)
  • Chest of Drawers
  • Pots and Pans
  • Iron
  • Kettle

Volunteers or sponsorship for:

  • Preschool Teacher Salary
  • Psychologist Volunteer/ Costs
  • OT/ Speech Therapy Volunteers/ Costs
  • Medical Doctor Volunteers/ Costs
  • Onsite Music Lessons
  • Onsite Exercise/ Fitness/ Dance Classes
  • Repairs to leaking Roof

 

School and Pre School:

  • Water Based Paints
  • Face Paint
  • Suncream
  • CD Player
  • Bar Fridge
  • Kettle

Every gift, small or large, is graciously received and meets a need. Thank you for your support. 

With love, 
Loressa Kritzinger 
Co-ordinator 
Tel: 035-791 1116 
Email: office@ikhayalikababa.co.za 

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