iKhaya Newsletter - August 2017


Proverbs 22: 6 "Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it."

Boys Just Wanna Be boys!

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What better way to stimulate a boy‘s mind, increase concentration levels, improve hand eye coordination and fine motor skills than with real boys toys!? Thabiso gave our preschool boys their first wood work lesson this month. Hammers and nails, screws and screwdrivers and some scrap wood made for a perfect opportunity for the boys to learn while having the time of their lives! Soon these young lads will be making tables and chairs... watch this space!

Master Chefs

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Barbara introduced the children to a Polish traditional dish. They got to make their very own savoury Polish dumplings.
As you can see they had a blast making a floury mess while cooking up a storm. We most certainly have a few Master Chefs in the making here!

Party Time!

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We had much to celebrate this month! Five kids enjoyed a birthday bash together. Cakes with candles, chips, sweets, a castle and gifts were the order of the day. But what makes a celebration the best is who we celebrate with... friends! Thanks to those who joined us to make our party so much fun! Together we make great memories. And a special thank you to our sponsors who make memories like this possible!

International Volunteers

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Learning in Disguise

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Many teachers recognise that teaching with music and song makes learning effective and longlasting as it catches the childrens‘ interest and makes learning easier and more enjoyable. When you want to inspire your learners, take time to play an instument or turn on the boom box. If the songs appeal to the children, then they are more likely to have the songs running through their heads away from school too... this beats homework! Our littlies simply love singing, dancing

Do you want to partner with us?

To get involed 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/.

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With love and greetings, Loressa, Caregivers, Volunteers and Kiddos

Warm regards

Loressa Kritzinger

iKhaya Newsletter – July 2017

Isaiah 1: 17 "Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows".

A Work Of Love

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AWOL (A Work Of Love) is an annual event where approximately 200 school going teenagers camp in Empangeni and make a difference in their community. Over the years, AWOL has invested 20 351 community service hours through a total of 838 teen campers. These teens will share God's love in the community of Empangeni, Richards Bay and surrounding areas by tackling various projects/outreaches that are organised and run by the local churches. iKhaya benefited from the these outreach projects. Teens washed windows, played games with kids and went on walks around the perimeter of our property. Loads of funs was had by teens, leaders and our kiddos.

Holiday Program

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Our Winter School holidays were 3 weeks. That means either 3 weeks of mischief or 3 weeks of fun and passive learning. We chose the latter! We ran an informal program that included crafts, sports, games, bike riding outdoor activities like walks and picnics too. The little kids need more supervision and as our older kids mature we see them taking on the role of leader and helper as they assist the toddlers with their crafts.

Farewell Party

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Jenny and Sarah arranged party games and treats to say goodbye to us all. Their 11 month stay simply flew by in the blink of an eye. We are already missing them dearly and the kids remain in contact via whatsapp calls. Technology in this instance is a blessing beyong measure.

Mandela Day

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Time to celebrate and share. 67 minutes to commemorate the 67 years Mandela spent as a freedom activist. Thanks to all the companies and staff who showered us with the much appreciated and needed groceries, cleaning materials, baby goodies and your time. Our bicycles had a service and some had an overhaul. What a full day of abundance and love. We are truly grateful.

Blessed by a Generous Community

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Our driveway was taking strain from the bout of storms earlier this year. The surface was irregular and full of grooves caused from the errosion. Lafarge came to the rescue and graded the surface. What a difference it has made. Moffatt Optical provided two kids wearing glasses with free eye tests and brand new specs. Much to their delight the two youngsters were allowed to choose their own frames and are super proud of their new specs.
Sanlam Centre hosted us at the kids entertainment area too during the holidays. Our kids had such a blast and enjoyed getting out too. We are truly part of a great community who partner with us, making our task and role in raising the kids a whole lot easier.

Do you want to partner with us?

To get involed 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!

With love and greetings

Loressa Kritzinger

Co-ordinator

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

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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

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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

Needs: September 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
  • Kettle
  • Piano
  • Heavy Based Cooking Pots and Pans
  • Long-life Milk
  • Black Dustbin Bags
  • Latex Gloves
  • Cleaning Agents
  • Wet Wipes
  • Toothbrushes
  • 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:

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

Volunteers or sponsorship for:

  • Preschool Teacher Salary
  • Psychologist Volunteer/ Costs
  • OT/ Speech Therapy Volunteers/ Costs
  • Medical Doctor
  • Volunteers
  • Onsite Music Lessons
  • Birthday Parties (Gifts and Cakes)

School and Pre School:

  • Water Based Paints
  • Face Paint
  • Suncream
  • 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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