We have welcomed three new little children to the iKhaya Family. It has changed some dynamics in our youngest in the home who has realised it was time for his 'promotion' and he has taken a strong leadership role! During 'naptime' in the Nursery he has been spied climbing out of his crib and into the cot of a new little chap and investigating his eyelashes as he slept! As soon as he was spotted he quickly and nimbly retraced his steps and once back in his cot, looked up as if to say 'There! I am back! Happy?"
I could not resist adding this set of pics of some of our children. This is one of their FAVOURITE activities. It takes so long for them all to painstakingly push their bikes up to the top of the hill and then one by one they lift their feet and FLY down the hill, eventually coming to a stand-still at the bottom with huge smiles and such elation. The volunteers and staff also enjoy this activity but have been taken out a couple of times at the bottom of the hill by one or two bikers and now either join in or choose their spectator spot more carefully!!!
iKhaya 3 is up and running and 3 of our older children have moved in with the family. They have begun to settle in well and are thoroughly enjoying the sense of family. In addition to this we have completed renovatons to the iKhaya 2 building. The whole home has been retiled and painted. Thank you to those involved with the renovations and have been a great help over this time.
We have a very eventful month and have just received very good news from our Department of Social Development. They will fund a full-time social worker at iKhaya LikaBaba. This is INCREDIBLE news for our children and iKhaya as a whole and will enable group and individual therapy as well as offering counselling for family members , training and will get our ECD (Early Childhood Development Centre) up and running. This is a significant landmark in the history of iKhaya and we are trusting to have our new Social Worker on our Team in the new year.