Roll on Summer...
We enjoy a mild winter in SA but it gets cold enough to avoid swimming and going to the beach for a few months. But spring arrived with the feel of summer this year! We have had a great time cooling off in tubs of water and have made a couple of trips to the beach and local pool with the troops too. Sea, sand and water make for the best and most inexpensive fun. It keeps the kids busy, entertained and happy for ages!
Making fun out of nothing at all…
Imagination is all one needs to create a game and loads of fun and laughter out of general household goodies! Who needs fancy toys, equipment and technology when you can turn a hosepipe into the best fun ever?
Growing up way too fast!
Our youngest child turns one next month. It is such a joy and privilege to watch her grow and be a part of her development. Babies seem to make progress daily right before ones eyes! This month we had the utter delight of witnessing her first steps. The excitement in the home was tangible as all the kids and staff gathered around to cheer her on with great enthusiasm! She is also joining the “big kids“ table to eat and play. The sheer pleasure on her face as she interacts with the others is so precious.
How old are you? I’m THREE!
Thando turned 3 and celebrated her birthday with her iKhaya family and a few friends. Just look at the anticiaption as everyone gathered around to watch her unwrap her gifts. A nail polish kit was a huge hit and she was hardly interested in anything after opening it up. A jumping castle is an all time favourite for the kids and much fun was had by everyone! Thank you to everyone who together made her day a memorable and enjoyable one.
Kristin arrived early in September to join her 3 counterparts, Priska, Kathleen and Ursula, from Germany for their 11 month stay at iKhaya. The 4 will serve as volunteers in various areas of the home. They are a huge help to us and a blessing to the kids especially as they get involved in various activities with them from games, homework, trips to school or the doctor, outings and general interactions on a day to day basis. Some of their duties include grocery stocking, cleaning, sorting clothes and food, baby stimulation, basic educational play, general errands, painting, assisting in the holiday program and babysitting. Our lives are richer for knowing you and our jobs made easier with all your help. We love and appreciate you!
Milk and Cookies
What a pleasure to enjoy the fruits of ones own labour! A few of the older kids enjoyed baking biscuits together and then enjoyed munching them along with a glass of cold milk. Yummy!!!
Civvies days are always a hit for us in SA as kids get to dress up instead of wearing their usual school uniforms to school. Springday is one of these occassions when they get to be bright and colourful.
Partnering With iKhaya LikaBaba
Teachers, Doctors, Psychologists, OT and Speech Therapists are some of the skills needed on a regular basis to meet the needs of our kiddos. If you have the expertise and are able to share some of your valuable time with us, then we would love to hear from you!
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, then we need you!
Our bank details are featured on our webpage and for BEE purposes receipts are issued if required. We confirm that the beneficiaries of all donations are natural persons where 100% are Black South African citizens as defined by the Broad Based Black Empowerment Act, 2003.
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!
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!
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!
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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
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With love and greetings, Loressa, Caregivers, Volunteers and Kiddos
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Greeting from us all at iKhaya!
With love and greetings
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!“
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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