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! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.”
Happy Birthday Jabu!
Jabu celebrated her 9th birthday this month. She growing up into a fine young lady who works hard and with dedication at school and has a passion for reading! Happy birthday Jabs! We love you and are so proud of you! Thanks to the Zululand BWA and sponsors once again for making the day special and one to be remembered.
Fun, Sun, Sand and Sea
Plenty fun was had by the kids at Richards Bay beach with volunteers, Pauline, Sarah and Thabiso, and caregivers, Thembi and Ntombi. Thanks for making life amazing and eventful for the kids.
Pauline Joppich is volunteering at iKhaya for 11 months. She is a young German lady with a heart for kids. Her parents, Christian and Heike, visited this month and spent some quality time with the children. Christiaan and Heike treated the kids to face paints and their artistic flares turned our kids into attractive wild life animals! Helga Budal and her folks, Tormod and Jenny, are from Norway. They have a long history of volunteering at and contact with iKhaya. They came to visit us again- much to the delight of the caregivers and kids! We are blessed to be situated on farm land; so enjoying a countryside walk is always a great outdoor activity and to do this with visitors is always more exciting than usual!
I scream, you scream, we all scream for icecream! What a treat! Icecream makes for a delicious and messy outing!
Our school children do homework together under the supervision of our house mother, volunteers and caregivers on a daily basis. Marg Helfrich is a huge help to us as she attends to the school kids reading with them every Monday and Wednesday. The kids love her as a granny figure too! Thanks Marg for your love and dedication!
We have 3 kids who will be ready for Grade R in 2017. Our German Volunteers spend one on one time with them to get them ready for school. Cutting, writing, speech and computers are all areas they cover to give them a good start to formal schooling.
Sarah and Pauline take the kids swimming regularly to get the small kids used to water and its big splashes and over the fear of water. The older kids are building in confidence and the practice is improving their swimming skills. While out the kids are being exposed to domestic pets and are loving interacting with them. Some of the younger kids are still fearful but we know that in time they will also play with the animals with much elation. Our lives are made fuller and richer by the involvement and contributions by many local and international folk and businesses who give of themselves, either in time, gifts or financially, towards our home. We are forever grateful that you see and hear the needs of the most vulnerable kids of our nation and are sowing into their lives. On behalf of the children in our care I would like to say thank you for the part you play in making their lives brighter and better, filled with love and happiness and opportunities for great education and health care. To see our needs list and where you can be of help to us, should you be inspired to do so, please visit our website at http://www.ikhayalikababa.co.za/get-involved/donate. Thank you all who have liked our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ikhayalikababa/. If you have not yet done so and are interested in receiving regular newsfeeds and being updated with our most pressing needs, please like our Facebook page too. Please feel free to share our pages with your friends. With love Loressa and the iKhaya team
And the fun continues…
The long December/ January school holiday was filled with fun activities to keep the kids active and out of mischief. Pictures speak volumes so I have not held back while sharing some of the fun they enjoyed in January.
Volunteers, Pauline and Sarah, organised some coloured powder and the kids had a blast playing with and throwing the powder and getting colourful together.
Arts and Culture…
Our older kids enjoyed a visit to the local Empangeni Museum and Town Library.
The girls enjoyed an evening of girl-time. They had a sleepover at the volunteer’s home and enjoyed pizza, pampering, glitz and glamour and loads of giggles!
Making pancakes for snack time. Good life lessons in the kitchen to grow our kids into awesome homemakers!
Back to School
We have 9 kids attending local Empangeni schools this year. The eldest 2 are in grade 4 and the youngest 3 are in Grade R. We are totally blessed and humbled as we thank our sponsors for their contributions which cover the cost of educating our young learners. We give God the glory as He has stirred your hearts to make this possible. We serve a mighty King and He loves and cares for His children.
R & B Ranch
Thank you Robyn and Brett, of R & B Ranch, for allowing us to visit your farm for some fresh air and the great opportunity for our younger kids to enjoy and interact with animals. Our kids love outings and the farm is no exception! They stretched their legs on a walk and exercised their muscles while climbing the jungle gym and pulling one another around in the little red wagons. They enjoyed a picnic before returning home exhausted and bubbling over with joy!
From all of us at iKhaya, Mancom, staff and kids, we want to say thank you to each and every person and company for your ongoing love, support and involvement in our lives. The saying that many hands make light work goes without saying here at iKhaya. Every one of you who gives financially, prayerfully, of your valuable time, sponsorships and donations is appreciated by us. Your generosity spills over to bless our kids’ lives in so many ways. Please know that we are ever grateful.
Please visit our donate page on our website at http://www.ikhayalikababa.co.za/get-involved/donate to see our needs list and where you can be of help to us should you be stirred to get involved.
Our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ikhayalikababa/ is updated regularly with daily life at iKhaya and with urgent needs. Please like and share our page with friends should you wish to be kept in the loop.
With love and regards
Loressa and the iKhaya family
Matthew 18:10 "See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.."
Fantasyland Dance Show
Our school going kids reaped the reward of their hard work and dedication in learning to dance with Dance Academy this year by taking part in the dance show called Fantasyland. They looked fabulous with their makeup, glitz and glamour and had the time of their lives! They absolutely loved the stage and taking part in this event. Thanks to Kim van der Merwe for this awesome opportunity in allowing our kids to learn and thrive through dance!
Celebrations as Alpha and Omega Turn Three
Our twins, Alpha and Omega, turned 3 years in December and were treated to a special party with cake and gifts from the Zululand BWA. Birthday parties are a treat and joy for all kids (old and young) and ours are no different; they revel in being the centre of attention and thoroughly enjoy the festivities of the moment. Thanks for making our kids birthdays so joyous and for building memories they will cherish.
Our Holiday Program for the Year End Break
The many weeks of our summer holiday were jam packed with activities to keep the kids active both mentally and physically. These pics speak of some of the fun that was had.
Swimming at the Empangeni Town Pool
The heat is on! Thanks to the help of volunteers, Liana and Ivan, our kids enjoyed a lovely fun-in-the-sun-day at the local municipal pool.
Giving new meaning to body painting…
Creativity at its best! Sarah and Pauline gave the kids paint and a huge piece of paper and let them go wild. Needless to say the kids had a blast and made an “artistic mess”.
What an amazing job the kids made of their glasses. Aren’t they clever? Thanks Hinke for this imaginative activity!
Releasing some energy…
The kids enjoy taking walks around our awesome property. We are truly blessed to have our home situated at Solid Ground Church with grounds so wide and beautiful. We live in the countryside yet are close enough to town for all other needs like shopping, schoolling and medical care.
St Lucia Outing
A day trip to St Lucia with Ivan, Liana and the Oxley Family was thoroughly enjoyed by all!
Fun at Home
Carols by Candlelight
Our kids were blessed enormously by the imitative “Santa Show Boxes” with the most generous gift boxes for Christmas. They received clothing, toiletries, sweets and toys. Wow, the sponsors pulled out all stops to make bless the kids. Thanks for caring and spoiling so many less fortunate kids in this way. May you in turn receive blessings from our Heavenly Father who sees and knows what you do in secret.
Thanks once again to everyone who played a part in our lives in 2015. Without the support of the community, both locally and internationally, together with the input and help of volunteers, we would not achieve the level of love and care that we do in our home. You are all amazing and we appreciate you more than words will ever express. May 2016 be a year of abundance for you and you families. By abundance I mean love, joy, peace, giving and receiving. Warm regards Loressa and the iKhaya team
Isaiah 9:6, "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Birthday Celebrations for twins!
Ryan and Rihanah celebrated their 7th birthday on 7 November. Thanks once again to the Zululand BWA and their generous sponsors who make these celebrations possible. Both children were delighted with their gifts, a doll house for Rihanah and a guitar for Ryan. Parties are a treat that all kids enjoy. Thanks for making wonderful memories with us!
Ryan decorated his own cupcakes to share with his friends at school. Thanks to our volunteers for overseeing this and making it a day he will treasure!
Clothes from Keri’s Playgroup
Thank you Keri Rottcher and all the moms who donated clothing to iKhaya. What a huge collection it was. We kept the clothing for our age groups and passed on the older kids and adult clothing to Musawenkhosi, another home for children in the Empangeni area. Thanks for being a blessing to us and others in need.
ECS Graduation and Prize Giving 2015
Our three Grade R kids blew us away with pride! We came home with 2 of the 4 book prizes awarded to the class of 2015. Nomonde for Overall Diligence and Asanda for Overall Improvement. They put on a great drum performance and played perfectly in beat. Well done Ryan, Asanda and Nomonde on your awesome achievements!
Days of our Lives…
Our lives are made full with all that goes on in our home. The kids are a treat every day and we have the joy and privilege of sharing special moments with them and doing life together. We leave “work” daily with our love tanks brimming! I have a daily entourage of helpers to carry goods to and from the car, umpteen “office visitors” showing off their art, dress up outfits or face paint while others just need time quality time. I even received flowers from my Ryan!
The Empangeni Christian School awards the Timothy Award to a child for good behavior for 2 weeks and is related to Timothy in the bible who honoured God when he was very young.
Jabu in grade 3 was our proud winner this month. Well done my girl you make us so happy and proud! We love you lots!
New Bunk for The Girls
What delight was written all over Samke’s face when she saw the bunk bed where her single bed once stood. Thanks to everyone who contributes to our home. All donations of clothing, meals, groceries, furniture and funding are gratefully received and make what we do at iKhaya possible. You are sowing with us into the lives of these kids and this will have a lasting impact on who they become one day and how they will integrate into society as adults.
Thank you for choosing to be a part of our calling to care for the most vulnerable children of our country. Together we make a difference.
Father Christmas came a month early to iKhaya. Some kids were rather shy, other skeptical and others charmed by his presence. The ladies of the Zululand BWA pulled off a grand event and blessed our kiddies with new church clothes, toys and a lovely party. Great fun was had by all. Without the sponsors this celebration would not be possible. Thank you to all who sponsored presents, 5 ways Spar for the cake, Sean from Mackies for sweet bags, icecreams from Oliver from Ola, Beverley Lotter for the gift labels and Thula Mnkwanazi from Business Partners for lucky packets and being our special Father Christmas.
The grade R kids were so excited to tell their class that Father Christmas had been and shared their news with glee. A shocked classmate responded with “What it was Christmas yesterday!?”…shame he thought he’d somehow missed it all!
Thank you for being a part of our lives. Whether it’s your time, gifts, prayers or just loving our kids we appreciate the role you play.
Wishing you all a very blessed Christmas and loads of happy memories of time with your loved ones over the festive season.
With Love and regards