Psalm 127 v 3: “Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him”
Nokubonga spent the 1st year of her life with us at iKhaya. She is the most lovable and calm baby any mom could wish for. We enjoyed her immensely as she brought mush happiness to our home. She was placed with her new adoptive family this month just before her 1st birthday and returned to celebrate her special day with us. What a joy it was for us to enjoy her and share this moment with her and her parents.
We were delighted to bid her farewell into the next season of her life with her new folks who treasure and adore her. Thank you Nardus and Adelie for providing our baby girl with a family and home, to grow up in with a sense of belonging and much love.
We are thrilled to have another baby! Just a week old on admission and growing well and getting so big and alert so fast. Our first week was rather chaotic as we strived to establish a feeding and sleeping pattern. But we have won and now have a calm, well fed charming bundle of joy in our home!
Njabulo turned 6 and twins Ryan and Rihanah 8 years this month. Thanks once again to BWA Zululand and their sponsors for treating the birthday kids to cakes and awesome gifts. The joy this gesture brings is truly visible on their faces!
There is never a dull moment at iKhaya. We ensure that our children receive plenty stimulation and attention through various activities. From outdoor games, playdough, arts and crafts, dressing up times and playing with toys they kids get exposure to life’s lessons on respecting authority, sharing and playing nicely with friends. They get plenty fresh air and exercise in the process. Learning must be fun!
The dance year is drawing to an end and the excitement is brewing as the kids get ready for the year end show “Fantasyland” in December. We have 6 school going children who attend classes twice a week with Dance Academy in Empangeni. Besides the great fun and exercise they receive, our kids get to socialize with others, learn to be a part of a team and experience the discipline of dance.
We are part of a generous and loving local community. We were treated to lunch, gifts and parties this month by both private families and Air Products. Thanks to everyone who supports us with clothing donations, groceries, nappies and spoils for our kids. Partnering with us makes what we do so much easier!
Elinor started a lovely group for moms and tots to mingle and play in a safe environment. Our littlies were invited to join in and play too. The group meets on a Thursday afternoon at Solid Ground Church if you are interested in coming along. Just drop me a line for details.
Your used, in good condition household items, that you may be ready to part with, will be most useful and welcome in our homes. We currently have the need for the following:
With much love Loressa and Team
John 13 v 34: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another”
iKhaya LikaBaba Preschool Outing
What a full day…Horse riding, a picnic, playing with baby goats and running about getting plenty fresh air at R & B Ranch. Our youngsters love to go in the car let alone to the farm! They had the time of their lives. Thanks again Robyn for opening up your “home” to our Grade RRR and RR class and for allowing our kids the chance to experience such excursions. We love to give them the opportunity to mingle with animals and we especially love to watch some overcome their fear of animals too. Omega used to be utterly petrified of any moving creature and has slowly over time overcome this fear and he was delighted to enjoy his first horse ride “fearlessly”. We are proud of you Omega!
Baking up a storm!
Oluhle was the proud Grade R Baker for Baker Day at school. We encourage the kids to be involved in making treats for their day. This gives them a sense of achievement, responsibility and an opportunity to learn some culinary skills. Look at how colourful and delicious her cakes turned out. Well done Oli!
Perfect Beach Weather
Sarah and Jenny, our German volunteers, took our older school kids, and House Mom Ellen, for some fun, sun, and sea. This is always a hit for our kids!
Play Time is Fun Time…
Kids learn and mature in self-esteem with attention and lots of stimulation. Playing with adult involvement is a great way for kids to gain self-confidence and to develop social skills. Physical exercise builds core strength for good posture at school and the interaction with their playmates teaches them to share, help one another while learning good social and problem-solving skills. Who said learning can’t be fun?
Hluhluwe Game Reserve Visit
It was with great excitement and much anticipation that the German volunteers visited our local Game Park this month. To see wild animals roaming free as opposed to in a zoo was a refreshing experience for them. The weather was cool so we were privileged to see many zebra, giraffe, elephant, rhino, impala, warthog, buffalo, wildebeest and various bird life throughout the day.
Save the Rhino Walk
St Catherine’s School in Empangeni holds an annual fund-raiser in support of saving our rhinos. Add a touch of colour and everyone has a blast! A few of our school kids enjoyed the event again this year along with Jenny and Sarah.
We Have Taken Occupation
Our new home, iKhaya 4, has turned out so beautifully and has been furnished mostly with the donations from our faithful supporters and community who have caught the heart of what we do to raise the kiddies in our care. The children absolutely love their new bedrooms and home and have settled in well.
Thanks to everyone who made this project a reality for us. From work parties to clear trees, throw the floor slab and painting the entire home to builders and contractors going the extra mile, we stand in awe at how this project flowed smoothly and turned out so well. We love and appreciate you all.
I can truly say I am blessed to be a part of God’s work in this place and to witness His daily provision.
Furniture and appliances needed at iKhaya
Your used, in good condition household items, that you may be ready to part with, will be most useful and welcome in our homes.
We currently have the need for the following:
Market Day at Solid Ground Church
iKhaya is a mission birthed out of the Solid Ground Church and is run and supported by both church leaders and members. Solid Ground held a very successful Market Day with proceeds going towards iKhaya. Thank you to the many visitors, stall holders and organisers who joined us on this day. Not only were we blessed with a sunny day but loads of great food and plenty activity to occupy the young and old alike.
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Newsletter October 2016
John 15 v 12: “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”
We welcomed Sarah and Jenny to iKhaya on 4 September. They have joined us on a volunteer program through APCM Volunteer Services in Germany and will be with us until July 2017. They have thoroughly enjoyed their first month here and have taken no time at all to settle in and make local friends through our Church, Solid Ground. May your stay be a happy one with plenty great memories and loads of personal growth.
Mini Miss RSA 2016 FinalistShreya Chetty and her family visited us this month to play with and entertain the kids and treat them to lunch and party goodies. Thanks for the spoils and we wish you all the best in the competition.
Melkom and Nishi are adopting Jordan and chose to share and celebrate his 1st birthday with us. Nishi is my assistant at iKhaya and has a capacity to love like no other. She agreed to temporarily foster Jordan in December 2015 pending space for him at iKhaya, which was to become available in just 2-3 weeks. To cut a long story short, Mel and Nishi fell in love with this little might and decided to adopt him rather than place him with us. Thank you to Emric Motors, Empangeni for joining us with party packs and a jumping castle. The kids had a blast jumping and we look forward to many more happy times with you all. Happy birthday precious boy!
Thank you BWA Zululand and sponsors for making our children’s birthdays meaningful and for making them feel loved, wanted and special! The sheer joy and delight on Thando’s face when receiving her Teddy Bear is an expression of how you have reached out and touched her heart! We are blessed to partner with you.
iKhaya kids are always busy with either planned activities or free play which fills our home with plenty laughter and happy noise. Learning through play is how children learn to make sense of the world around them. Through play children can develop social and cognitive skills, mature emotionally, and gain the self-confidence required to engage in new experiences and environments.
Our school kids went with Solid Ground Children’s Church to the Empangeni Fire Station to spoil, honour and pray for the firemen who serve our community. Needless to say the kids had a delightful time testing out the fire hose and playing in the foam.
Thank you to each and every one of you for partnering with us in prayer, financial support, volunteering and so on. We love it when the community catches the heart of our work and chooses to join us in making a difference.
For more info on our home and what we do or how you can partner with us please contact me by visiting our website http://www.ikhayalikababa.co.za or our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ikhayalikababa/.
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With much love Loressa and Team
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
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!
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
Thank 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
We 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
God 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.
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.
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…
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