Partnering with iKhaya I firstly want to say a HUGE thank you to all who sow one way or another into the life of iKhaya. Without your input our work would not be possible or we would not reach the superior level we strive to achieve.
To efficiently run a home 24/7/356, with the heart and aim of raising whole and healed adults who will fully function in society and be an asset to their communities one day, requires twenty four hour staffing, excellent foundational early childhood development, above average education, safe transportation, healthy diet, good medical intervention along with additional care in the form of OT, Speech Therapy, Optical Care, ENT and other specialist treatment. This comes at an enourmous overhead cost which is partially met by government (DSD) subsidies. We however rely on corporate and private sponsorships and donations to meet the shortfall. For about a year now our overhead costs have eceeded the income and we are now operating hand to mouth on a monthly basis.
If you feel lead to partner with us financially with monthly contributions we would love to hear from you. If you feel your gift would be insignificant we remind you that every little added together will ulimately meet the full need of the home. Our banking details and a link to Payfast is available here https://www.ikhayalikababa.co.za/get-involved/donate
Party hats, cakes, treats and prezzies along with a water slide... what more could a kids want! What rip roaring fun we all had to celebrate 2 awesome girls birthdays.
We have six kiddiwinks in our preschool now. Bronwyn teaches them a maltitude of skills and life lessons like GOOD LISTENING...sight thos ears! The little ones learn to share, take good care of their toys and belongings, have cooking and woodwork lessons, crafts and art time and plenty free play for creative thinking and problem solving skills. They even have tuckshop day where they spend their reward for good behaviour money every week.
Our local swimming pool is a welcome treat for a cool off on our VERY hot summer days. The facilities include two pools for babies and toddlers and make water fun a pleasure for the youngsters in a safer environment than being limited to a 50m pool only. So making trips, with even the preschoolers, is easy and enjoyable for us all.
Aussie Circus Spectacular is a breathtaking show, presented in an all purpose-built water stage, showcasing dazzling costumes and amazing special effects for an unforgettable event. This state of the art touring production provides the setting for an epic performance. The 2hr show blends traditional acrobatic cirque performances and a talented cast of aerialists, illusionists, comedians, and daredevils to delight and thrill audiences, leaving them in awe. Our kids were enthralled by this visually stunning show! We had the most amazing time of fun, face paints and treats. An adventure I know they will never forget!
Our local museum is filled with cultural histrory and plenty art. This is a lovely outing venue for us as its so close by and the children are exposed to their own cultural history as well as a wide display of work by a variety of artists. Our German volunteers are always keen to go out and about with the kids and enjoy every moment they have with them too. Blessings all round!
We welcomed another little lad this month into our iKhaya family. He is the sweetest little mite with the cutest and most contageous smile. He is reunited with his sister who is already with us. My heart overflows with joy to know they are together and will bond as family should. By the end of March we hope to be full up to capacity and be home to a total of 25 kids. Homework Centre We currently have 12 school going aged children attending local schools, from grade R to grade 6. 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 and grasp the work.
If you are a teacher or mom who would love to invest time in our homework centre, to create a love for reading, we would love to hear from you!
Please share our newsletter with your family and friends and ask them to like our Facebook Page too! With love and greetings Loressa Kritzinger Co-ordinator
Our 2018 academic year started with great enthusiasm and excitement as 3 kids started BIG SCHOOL at Empangeni Christian School for the first time, attending Grade R, and 3 joined our own in-house Preschool for Grade RRR, This being their very first time at school! Big smiles and lots of cheer were the order of the day. Altogether we had 12 off school in town, attending Empangeni Christian School and Zululand Remedial Centre, and 4 at our iKhaya Preschool. All the best kids... We know you will be happy, make new friends, learn loads and will be diligent and make us proud!
Learning need not be boring! Our Holiday Program is designed to be loads fun with skills being learned without the kids realising it! They excercise both gross and motor skills, stimulate their creativity, learn teamwork, discipline, listening and following instructions and the program rules, learn balance and position in space, stimulate all their senses and so on. Holiday Programs are classrooms in disguise!
Another delight for our kids is dressing up and fantasy play. So for a great lesson to remind them that they are God’s chosen priesthood, beautiful in His eyes, they got to make themselves crowns and dress up as Princes and Princesses. They enjoyed music and dance and lots of games and activities together.
Our German volunteers, caregivers and kids grab every opportunity to make a visit to the beach. It‘s a favourite outing! We are blessed to live not far from the sea and have access to some lovely safe spots for a paddle, fresh air and a little bit of sunshine to boost the vitamin D! Our summer break was filled with many hot, sunny days and the kids had a blast playing and digging in the sand and swimming in the sea.
At iKhaya we love provide the kids with oppurtunities to explore what nature has to offer. Water and mud, in this instance, created a great medium for extra FUN and sensory stimulation. Laughting, getting dirty and wet is the best, especially for the boys!
We have a stunning yard and make use of it for various activities. Some include bubbles, jumping castles, musical chairs, soccer, cricket, riding bikes and running around.
What is a slumber party made of? Movies, snacks and treats, mattresses and teddies, dogs and cats were all part of this overnight campout. We don‘t have pets at iKhaya so going for a sleepover outside of our home often exposes the children to domestic animals and helps those with fears to overcome them, teaches the kids how to behave towards and interact with animals and how to be loving and kind to them too. Accepable social behaviour, table manners, sharing, doing chores and respecting one another are all life lessons learned while interacting outside of their own home environment at iKhaya. Of course having fun and an extra late night are what the kids think its actually all about!!!
Enseleni Nature Reserve is a nearby reserve that consists of coastal grasslands and forests with the Nseleni river providing a freshwater habitat. Picnic sites are available and the two trails in the reserve offer fantastic scenery and the opportunity to spot a variety of birds and animals. The Nkonkoni trail is 4.8 km and the Mvubu trail is 5.2 km in length. Our older kids and German volunteers enjoyed a lovely morning of fresh air together on the trail and picnic in the forest.
We have been extremely busy over the past few months preparing for the increase in capacity at iKhaya. Our Staff Rosters and Model have been changed for the better, we have employed a House Mother and a Domestic Worker, bedrooms have been shuffled around and minor alterations completed in order to make physical space for 5 new kids with sleep in caregivers. And finally the time arrived as we added 3 little girls to our home late in January. Watch this space as we grow to 25 kiddies in total. Thank you Lord for Your blessings over us. Continue to have Your way in our lives!
Do you have spare time and skills that will uplift kids or assist us in our daily lives? Or would you prefer to financially or materially donate to support the work of iKhaya? We value every input, be it big or small, as every gift goes towards changing the lives of the previously vulnerable children in our care.
Teachers, Doctors, Psychologists, OT and Speech Therapists, Councelors are some of the skills needed. But if you would like to serve in other areas we are always excited to hear from you!
We currently have 12 school going aged children attending local schools, from 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 and grasp the work.
If you are a teacher or mom who would love to invest time in our homework centre, to create a love for reading, we would love to hear from you!
Please share our newsletter with your family and friends and ask them to like our Facebook Page too!
LaFarge, Rotary Richards Bay, Kiddo Park and BWA Zululand we are truly grateful for your outpouring of blessing and generosity over us. Our children enjoyed a delicious braai and received stunning gifts on Christmas Day as they spent time together making memories and having a blast as they celebrated the birth of our Lord Jesus!
Birthdays are a time of giving, celebration and an opportunity for us to express our love for each child as they are made the centre of the attention. Our heart’s desire is to build the self-esteem and worth of each child through this means of love and blessings and to give them a sense of belonging in our family at iKhaya. Thank you to those who partner with us to reach our goals and to bless our kids with treats and gifts. Even the small things in life make lasting memories and bring huge joy!
Good staff are a treasure worth spoiling! We had a lovely time together just relaxing, laughing and being treated to mini manicure and makeup demos. Lunch was delish too. Thanks to Putters Pub and Tea for hosting us and to Annie and Patricia of 5 Ways Beauty Clinic for the spoils! We left rejuvenated in body and spirits!
We all need to take time to enjoy the simple pleasures of life... time to relax, take a stoll and enjoy the company of one another without a planned or structured activity in mind. Spontaneous moments like these create lasting happy memories for the heart to cherish and add life and joy to the soul!
We said farewell to 3 children just before Christmas. What a joy to see them reunited with family... and what better gift for Christmas than to finally be home! They will be sorely missed by us all as we have shared many happy moments, tears and sorrows, fun and laughter, school struggles and achievements and have become friends and family as they have grown and matured over the years with us in our family and home at iKhaya. Know always that we will love you and hold you in our hearts forever and most of all keep your hearts and eyes fixed on Father God who never fails us. We love you!
School holidays are an opportunity to create our own fun through outdoor play, dress ups, arts and crafts that allow kids to stimulate their minds, develop creativity, confidence and physical strength. Without our dedicated staff and long term volunteers we would never cope alone. So here’s a shout out to all our holiday program helpers for their great work
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.
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Greetings from us all at iKhaya Loressa, Staff and Kids
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.