A Season of Change and Harvesting
It is with absolute excitement that I update you on the changes that are unfolding before us at iKhaya. We serve an awesome God who is guiding and leading us into the season of harvest. We have successfully changed our staff roster and the benefits of having the children cared for by fewer caregivers, as mother figures, has been phenoninal. The children are more secure, loving and less “needy“. The homely feel and peace is tangible. We have fewer occassions of children needing discipline beyond a few corrective words. Children play together and care for one another routinely and the vibe is happy and joyful. Our caregivers have risen to the challenge of being more of an individual mother figure in the lives of the children they are responsible for and have taken on their daily duties with renewed pride and commitment. I am truly overjoyed! What a privilege to be a part of the unfolding changes.
An Early Christmas Treat
Thank you to Dayspring Animal Farm for wonderful facilities and loads of wide open spaces with superb animal petting and interaction opportunities for kids to play freely and safely. Airproducts treated us to a year end party with Christmas gifts and party packs. We all enjoyed feeding the animals and the kids thoroughly enjoyed playing on all the playground equipment, all the farm animals and pony rides. There is no doubt that we all slept soundly that night!!!
We celebrated three birthdays this month. What fun! There were plenty soapy bubbles, slippery slips and loads of laughter as children played together and enjoyed some outdoor treats, birthday cakes, chips, sweets and special birthday gifts. Best of all was having their own invited friends join in their memorable occasion!
Chane’ Cheese Farm
Our grade R kids visited the Chane’ Cheese Farm as a school outing. What a delightful day of adventure and fun they had. The kids were so utterly exhausted from their many activities that some fell asleep on the trip home. Thanks to the teachers for the opportunity to learn about farm animals and experience such an exploration!
Splish Splash I was having a Bash!
Nothing like going to the beach on a fun-shining day! Summer is finally here and outings to the beach are no longer just for a walk to pick up shells. The water is now a refreshing treat on our humid and piping hot days in Zululand. A few of the older kids joined the 4 German volunteers to enjoy some sun, sand and waves!
Playball Prizegiving and Demonstration
Many of our young learners participate in Playball programs that progress from simple sport introduction to mini sport classes running parallel with the school academic year. Each program consists of age appropriate, extensive related skills. The Playball curriculum is maintained by a consortium of professionals compromising teachers, physical therapists, sports coaches, occupational therapists and sports scientists to bring the most current and appropriate sports program to young children. As our academic year drew to a close we attended demonstration classes and had the privilege of watching them receive their certificates of achievement.
Priska and Ursula from Germany are talented dancers and are taking the time to give the kids ballet lessons while volunteering at iKhaya this year. Our children love to dance and express themselves through this art form. Dance Academy continues to teach the kids modern and hip hop on a weekly basis and this is the highlight of their week!
Time to Chill!
Empangeni has a large municipal pool that is used by local schools and clubs for galas and is open for the public’s pleasure. The facilities include shallow kiddies’ pools for the young children who either cannot swim or are still learning to swim. Our children enjoy an outing to the pool whenever possible… and the volunteers too!
Partner with us
To make our work meaningful and for us to reach our goals we rely on a team of contributors to assist us. Our needs include nutrition, medical, education, clothing, OT and Speech Therapy, psychology and councelling, optomotery, building maintenance, transport, staffing and so on. In order to meet these we rely both on helping hands of volunteers and financial support from private and corporate sponsors to bridge the gap between the limited Dept of Social Development funding and the actual costs of running our home. If you would like to be a part of our vision and mission please contact us to discuss how you would like to be involved.