iKhaya Newsletter - August 2016

Jeremiah 29 v 11: “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”

iKhaya 4 Building Progress

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The floors are all tiled and the bathrooms too. Must say they are looking rather fabulous! We held a painting party on 13 August to paint the house in and out. What a marvelous team we had who painted the home in record time. Now that the palisade fencing is up the place is looking more and more like home. Even the kids excitement is tangible. They love to pop up to see our progress.

Learning Through Fun!

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Isnt it amazing just how much fun a cardboard box can be for a kid. There are many activities one can do to entertain children with boxes. I have fond memories from my childhood doing just what these mites are up to here… sliding down a small grassy incline and having an absolute blast! Len, mKhulu, lovingly made us these awesome brightly coloured ball runs for our preschool. The delightful screaches were tesimony enough that the equipment will be well worth your loving efforts! Thanks Len, we appreciate you. Our preschoolers have many fun filled days in our newly established ECD class. Thanks Bronwyn for the investment you make through education in the lives of these youngsters.


Business Community Support

img03Thank you for catching the heart of what we are doing at iKhaya. It warms my heart when folk visit and are touched by what it is we are striving to achieve at iKhaya. With your support and that of the many others in our community we are able to make the changes these young children so desperately crave and deserve. I would like to thank ETT, Sholoza Engineering, RBCH, Action Blast, Bidvest Steiner, Power Spar, 5 Ways Spar, Woolworths, Cambridge Foods, Zululand Canvas, Medipark Pharmacy, Dr Greeff and Naude, D&G Motors, HiQ Empangeni, Bay City Bakeries and BWA for your SQS Rigging visited iKhaya continued support throughout the year.


Vegetable Garden Restoration

img04We are most fortunate to have a shade clothed vegetable garden on our property. Sadly I don’t have the gift of green fingers and have longed for someone to take ownership of this project for us. This month we received a call from a young member of our local community who has a passion to grow veggies and asked if he could take on the challenge of restoring our garden. He took no time at all to clear the garden of weeds and plant his first crop of lettuce, cabbage and spinach.


Melanie and Shaun Grant

img05God can use each and every one of us to further His kingdom; all it takes is us being obedient and willing to be His hands and feet in response to His call. This amazing family is testimony to just this. iKhaya LikaBaba was founded in 2007 by the Grants who heard a call on their lives and responded well. Thank you for your vision, heart and love that brought iKhaya into fruition. What a treat it was for me personally to meet you in person. Thank you for taking the time to visit us while you travelled in SA. May God continue to richly bless you as you do His work in China.

 

Grocery Donations

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We are totally blessed! We receive ongoing support from local stores with goods that are nearing expiry date or with damaged packaging etc. The food and other items are all still perfectly usable and save us tremendous amounts every month on our grocery bill. Thank you Cambridge Foods, Power Spar and Woolworths for your generosity.


Birthday Blessings

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Samuke and Thabiso celebrated their special days this month. The ladies of our local BWA have such a passion for our kiddies and the community and we are blessed to be supported by them.


Our kids are utterly overjoyed to be made the centre of attention and made to feel special on their birthdays. Thank you Zululand BWA for your love and care!

 

Day to Day…

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iKhaya is always a buzz of activity with much laughter and loads of love. There are days of challenges too no doubt but we cherish the privilege of being a daily part of the lives of these young kids who crave love and attention and a sense of belonging. You too can be a part of what we do… to find your niche please contact me by visiting our website http://www.ikhayalikababa.co.za or our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ikhayalikababa/.
With much love Loressa and Team

iKhaya Newsletter - July 2016

James 1 : 27 “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” 

AWOL (A Work Of Love) 

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AWOL 2016 was another successful Christian teen camp help in Empangeni. Teens camped at Saint Catherine’s School and went out on two of the 4 days doing community outreaches. The lives of the teens are forever changed as they reach out in love and kindness to those less fortunate than themselves. iKhaya hosted a group of teens who painted our perimeter fence pillar and spent time interacting with the kids too. Our kids love having visitors and the attention so this was a good time for us too! 

Farewell 

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Sunday 17 July was a day filled with many emotions. We bid farewell to two young ladies who we grew to love over the last 10 months at iKhaya and Solid Ground Church. They volunteered at iKhaya, loved our children, left their mark in all our lives and grew a part of our church family. The most amazing part of this special day was that we had the privilidge of witnessing and sharing in their baptism. Such a significant occasion in their Christian walk and highlight of their stay in SA. We will miss you Pauline and Sarah. Farewell, until we meet again. May God be your centre as you return home and live out your passion and calling in Him. 

Mandela Day 

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In South Africa in commemoration of Mandela we celebrate his birthday on 18 July. We were blessed with visitors from GAC Shipping, Air Products, Mvula Trust and Legal Wise who generously blessed our home with groceries, cleaning agents, treats for the kids and blankets. Our windows and floors were cleaned and the kids enjoyed a colouring competition at the new preschool. All this to celebrate Mandela Day with us. 

Our Very Own Preschool! 

iKhaya-Newsletter-July-2016-2aTerm three kicked off with a huge bang! We launched our own preschool for our six Grade RRR and RR kids. We are delighted to have been blessed with the use of the Solid Ground Kids Church Facilities and Bronwyn Mathias has joined our team as the teacher. The aged 3-4 year old kids were looking forward to this day for a while and on the morning of their first day of school ever there was absolute chaos in the home as the kids were beside themselves with excitement and anticipation. They are loving being “big enough” for school and take great pride in saying they now go to school. It’s been two weeks now so they are settling into the routine and we can see their progress. 

Grade R Sleepover 

iKhaya-Newsletter-July-2016-2bOur 3 grade R poppets were absolutely overjoyed at the prospect of sleeping over at school! Annually the preschool teachers at the Empangeni Christian School pluck up the courage to hold a sleep over at school. Their nerves must be shattered by the time we collect the kids in the morning! But I know without a doubt that this is a day these kids will treasure for many years to come. Their smiles say it better than I could explain in words! 

It’s raining, it’s pouring… 

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The sound of the rain on 25 July 2016 was sheer pleasure to our ears. How we need the rain and have prayed for it during this season of drought. Take a look at the huge volumes we received. Our playground was flooded and driveways almost washed away! 

Dance Academy Presents Showcase 2016 

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We had 6 school going kids take part in the Showcase on 27 July. There has been loads of effort and practice going into the dance routines by all the dancers and teachers. Thanks for another successful show Kim and team! 

The Prep Work The Big Day 

iKhaya 4 Building Project 

iKhaya-Newsletter-July-2016-3bOur new home is taking shape and is looking fabulous! The roof is on, ceilings in, plumbing nearing completion and floors and bathrooms are currently being tiled. Join us as we prayerfully stand in faith for the provision of the new house parents and the registration of our home to accommodate an extra 5 kiddies. 

Join us on 13 August 2016 at 06h30 to paint the new home and be a part of the changes we are making in the lives of the children in our care. 

We have put together a needs list and should you wish to contribute materially to the furnishings of the new home please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 035-791 1116. Good secondhand and new items will be gratefully received. We’d love to hear from you. Thank you in advance for your support. 

School Holiday Program 

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School holidays mean more kids at home and without stimulation kids get up to mischief. So we plan many great activities to occupy little hands and minds which results in loads of fun for all. Activities included arts and crafts, walks, bike riding, the farm, horse riding, baking, face painting, sports and many other outdoor games and fun. Take a look at some of what we got up to these holidays… 

To everyone who plays a part our lives, be it your prayers, advice, time, volunteering, donation of groceries and material goods, we want to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We love and appreciate you all. 

Please visit our website at http://www.ikhayalikababa.co.za to learn more about us and how you can get involved to support the children in our care. 

If you have not yet done so please follow our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ikhayalikababa/ and share the page with your family and friends too. 

With love 

Loressa and the iKhaya family 

iKhaya Newsletter - June 2016

Psalm 127:3 “Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him.”

Dance Academy

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Lulu and Jabu have made us so proud! Both achieved honours in their Red Badge Dancing Exams this month. Well done girls you danced so well and have made great progress in your lessons with Kim at Dance Academy. Thanks Kim for this awesome opportunity and experience given to our kids at iKhaya.

Miss Zululand Finalist

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Cayla De Villiers, Miss Zululand Finalist, together with the support of her parents, Verona and Adriaan and her friends, spent an afternoon with us doing activities with the kids. Face painting, cupcake decorating and bubbles were enjoyed by all. The kids loved the visit by Cayla’s father and his dog, Troy, from SAP K9 Search and Rescue.

iKhaya 4 reaches new heights!

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In our last newsletter we were at foundation level. On 4 June the Why Not Africa team pulled out all stops and threw the floor slab in about 4 hours. We shared an amazing time of not only hard work but loads of fun, food and fellowship as we pulled together to get the task done. Thanks to everyone who joined us.

Now as the month draws to a close we see the roof trusses in place. Just look at the progress made this month! Please pray with us for the right house parents to be identified and employed for our new home.

Kids visit the building site

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To keep the kids excited about the new builDing we took them onto the site to visit the builders and see for themselves what is happening.

Zululand Trade Fair

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We enjoyed a visit to the biggest Fun Fair Ever with rides, slides and loads of activity. The kids were fascinated and delighted with all the fun to be had. This was a great adventure for the kids. It meant a trip in the car plus excitement like no other. Thanks Zululand Trade Fair for spoiling us!

Snippets of life at iKhaya

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Aunty Janet spends time teaching the kids from the bible, playing games and doing school readiness lessons. There is always plenty fun to be had while learning through song and play. Rihana had her eyes tested at Moffat Optical and was thrilled to hear she needed glasses. The fun was in choosing her frame. She is taking good care of them and is so proud of them too.

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Keen Bakers! The best part is licking the bowl of course!

Thank you to everyone for your support, be it through prayer, time, volunteering, donation of groceries and used clothing, financial etc, we appreciate you all.

Please visit our website at http://www.ikhayalikababa.co.za to learn more about us and how you can get involved to support the children in our care.
If you have not yet done so please follow our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ikhayalikababa/ and share the page with your family and friends too.

With love
Loressa, staff and kids

iKhaya Newsletter - May 2016

Psalm 68: 5 “A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling”

LEAVING YOUR MARK

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Jonas Brammer visited us from Germany for a month. His mornings were filled with painting iKhaya 3, demarcating our parking bays and spending many hours with the kids. In the afternoons he helped out at Crossroads Teen Centre in town. He was a hard worker and has left his touch here. Our cars all fit perfectly and neatly into the main parking lot now (what a pleasure!) and the iKhaya 3 home has a fresh new look. Thanks for your dedication, love and input into our home!

AMERICAN VOLUNTEERS

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Mphatso Khuzwayo and NyJah Walters also came to us for a month. They needed to fulfill their internship for their final year in Child Development and Family Studies. Along with the Father’s heart for the children and a passion to be a vehicle of change in the lives of others and to be of service to the home they were a breath of fresh air to us all. These young ladies unhesitatingly got right in from the get go with painting iKhaya 3, interacting with the kids and staff and helping with the daily home chores. They loved unconditionally and have formed deep connections with us in their short stay. Their stay may have been brief but their impact will be lasting! Thanks for caring, loving and working at iKhaya- we are going to miss you dearly.
iKhaya 4 is growing in Leaps and Bounds…
The brickwork for the boundary pallasade fence is all done. The foundations are laid and ready for the floor slab work party on 4 June. This building is taking shape quickly and we anticipate completion in August 2016! To partner with us and to be a part of this amazing project please contact us. Whether it’s with your time, services or furniture you can help with we will be delighted to hear from you.

BEACH OUTING

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Sarah, NyJah and Mphatso made a trip to Richards Bay with the younger kids. It may have been be too cold to brave a swim but there’s nothing wrong with a little warm sun, sand and romp along the shoreline to put a smile on a kids face! The beach is always a winner!


UNIZUL SCIENCE FESTIVAL

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What a fun-filled morning. Our kids loved their time celebrating National Science Week at the Unizul Science Festival. The arts and crafts workshops, engaging science shows, Reptile displays and the many interactive exhibitions kept their little minds intrigued and their hands busy. Thanks for spoiling us again this year Unizul!

FACELIFT FOR IKHAYA 3

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Jonas, Eugenie, Mphatso and NyJah worked as a team to paint iKhaya 3. It’s taken on a whole new look with the fresh tones. One thing I guarantee is that there was a lot of hard work but no shortage of fun to be had! A job well done. Thanks guys!

Saint Catherine’s Pre-School Fun Day
Another successful day hosted by St Catherine’s School. Thank you Debby Brink for inviting us to enjoy the most amazing morning at the Pre School. We had an action packed day filled with many huge smiles. Your love and support of our home is truly a blessing to us all.

SNAPSHOTS OF LIFE AT IKHAYA

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With the building of iKhaya 4 on the sideline, international volunteers arriving and leaving, kids outings and activities and staff training we have been really busy this month. We lead full yet rewarding lives. Thanks to everyone who plays a part in making all this a reality.

To see our current needs list or where you can be of help to us, should you be inspired to do so, please visit our donations page

Please visit and like our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ikhayalikababa

 If you have not yet done so, please share our page with your family and friends too.

Greetings and love
Loressa and Team

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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