Matthew 25:34-40 (NIV)
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
A Time to Celebrate
Christmas is around the corner; where has the year gone? We are well under way with planning for family time as we celebrate our Lord’s birth, gifts for each child, family hampers for those going home and a staff year end teambuilding function. We are truly excited to witness God’s richest blessings and provision as we make it known that we are planning these events. Thank you to those who have already given or pledged into our initiatives. If you are keen to jump on board we have various needs still and would love to hear from you!
Save the Rhino!
St Catherine’s School hosts the annual Save The Rhino Walk, Run and Colourfest in Empangeni and we look forward to attending the fun day with them. Each year we have a new set of German volunteers with us at iKhaya who serve for 11 month with us in South Africa. They eargerly get involved and take a bunch of our kids to enjoy the fun with them. They have a great time and come back colourful and exhauseted!
Our Busyness in Pictures…
Our children lead full lives. Our toddlers enjoy an Early Childhood Development Program while the older kids go to schools in Empangeni. At home we have the most amazingly huge yard that allows for running around, playing ball, skateboarding and so on. Outdoor equipment adds an extra dynamic to the kids free play. The recently restored trampoline is still an all time favourite! The joy of swinging and jungle gyms has never died over the years and we love to see the youngsters enjoying themselves!
Solid Ground Church Christmas Market
iKhaya LikaBaba hosted the Kids Zone as a fundraiser at the Solid Ground Church Christmas Market this month. It was a great success as we had many parents checking in their kids for a morning of extreme pleasure! We had zones for Toddlers, Youth and Teens with age appropriate activities that aimed kept kids safe while playing with and among kids their own size. Adele Ras of TFanatics and Angie’s Pets joined us with their Crazy Kritters…spiders, rats, bunnies, hamsters and snakes galore. This was a huge draw card as the children loved petting the animals. Cathy and her team joined us from North Coast Judo. Kids of all ages thoroughly enjoyed the self-defense lessons. Ocean Audio’s Minnie and Mickey Mouse entertained the toddlers as they enjoyed face-painting, balloon art, crafts, colouring in, balls, jumping castle and loads more. The older kids got to pillow fight, target shoot with Nerf Guns, shoot soccer goals through hoops, play pool and X-Box. If you missed out this time you had better diarize for the next event
Dearest friends Our minds are blown away by the positive responses received towards our Back to School and Christmas Drives and the Christmas Market that was a great success. The input we receive makes our tasks easier and allows us to bless our children with so much more than simply meeting their basic needs. You guys are the ones that mobilise our activities and programs through gifts, donations and finances and for that we are ever grateful! We are still gatheing non-perishable groceries, biscuits, sweets and other treats to go into family hampers to bless 6 families with for Christmas, as 6 kids go home in December! We have most of our school stationery sorted but are still needing funds towards uniforms, school bags and lunch bags for 16 kids attending school in 2020. To jump on board give us a shout via email, telephone or by donating via the details on our website, details are below. With love and blessings from Loressa, kids and staff at iKhaya
A Happy Heart
Our school kids went to the skateboard park at the beach during the school holidays. They had the time of their lives! The best part is that I was sent feedback saying our kids were “the best behaved and happiest kids in the park”. Despite having 4 scooters/ skateboards to share between 13 children they played together and shared without any issues! My heart bursts with joy to get messages like this. Raising vulnerable children is a tough job that is only sustainable by the grace and love of our Father. He gives us daily strength and the wisdom to raise future mighty men and women after His own heart. Thank you Oxley Family for treating the kids to a great day out! We love and appreciate you all!
Imaginations Run Wild!
If we gave the kids half a chance they would choose dress up time as a daily activity. They dress up as characters from superheros to moms, dads and doctors. If one had to measure fun on a “noise-ometer” this activity would win hands down! Thanks to Richards Bay Primary for passing on items to us from your drama department! If you or your school has outfits to add to our collection, I know the kids will be ecstatic to have new choices!
Indoor Sports Party!
A sports themed birthday bash for a soccer and cricket enthusiast. The weather did not tow the line but that never put a dampener on the day! We are blessed to share the property with Solid Ground Church and get to use the youth centre for occassions such as this! Party treats and the most awesome soccer cake, lovingly provided by members of our community, made HIS day extra special. Thank you, you are all appreciated!
The Great Outdoors
iKhaya LikaBaba is situated in between farm lands just 8km from Empangeni. We are privileged to raise our kiddies in a home with wide open spaces with a farm like country feel that is still very close to amenities like medical care, great local schools, grocery stores, a short drive to the beach and a quick stroll to church on a Sunday.
Hello friends of iKhaya
This year has truly flown by! I actually cannot believe that it is time to start preparing for the 2020 school year! Seems illogical hey? But ths is a priority with 16 kids needing supplies. If you are keen to sponsor stationery and uniforms or our Christmas Drive please get in contact with me. Thank you to all who faithfully sow into the lives of our children. You are sowing in faith, along with us, with hope for the bright futures of the children. As we invest today for their harvest in years to come!
With love and blessings
from Loressa, kids and the caring iKhaya team iKhaya
Partnering with APCM, Germany
APCM is a German based organization that has partnered with iKhaya for many years. Through this partnership we have been blessed to host many young German volunteers who give a year of their lives to serve communities around the world. This month we welcomed Greta, Christina, Sarah and Hannah who will be with us until July2020. These young adults will knit themselves into our daily lives, both work-wise and socially, making South Africa their home. In this process we get to know and love them while they invest their time, energy and love into the lives of our staff and children. Their role at iKhaya is a huge help to us in running general errands, school trips, collecting and sorting groceries and being a part of our pre-school (kindergarten) program. Having 14 children at school and being home to 25 kids gets BUSY! If you meet them out and about, please connect with them!
As parents, we know that the concept of play is very important in a child's physical, mental and social development. It awakens their creativity, helps them come up with new ideas and allows them to interact with the environment and their peers. Play allows children to develop their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. Play is important to healthy brain development. As they master their world, play helps children develop new competencies that lead to enhanced confidence and the resiliency they will need to face future challenges. Undirected play allows children to learn how to work in groups, to share, to negotiate, to resolve conflicts, and to learn self-advocacy skills. When play is allowed to be child driven, children practice decision-making skills, move at their own pace, discover their own areas of interest, and ultimately engage fully in the passions they wish to pursue. At iKhaya we ensure that the children are given opportunities to play freely as well as with adult input. We are blessed with wide open spaces, sports eqipment, jungle gyms and a big trampoline to give the kids loads of stimulation and exercise.
Congratulations and Celebrations!
We a have a teen in the house! Lulu is maturing and growing up so fast. It feels like she became a young lady in the blink of an eye! Lulu is gentle and caring and loves to love. She has a heart to serve and as a big sister in the home she is always ready to help the younger kids and staff around the home. For her birthday she had her hair braided and here she wears it with a smile! Lulu aspires to be a dancer or singer, but one thing I know for sure is that she will make a great mommy one day. Join us as we pray for her to continue to develop and walk into all God has in store for her.
A picture speaks a thousand words! Our home is always abuzz with chit chatter & singing, fun & games, dress-up, bike riding, play dough and more. We have 14 children in formal school which means lots of fetching and carrying and plenty homework! The preschoolers keep us on our toes as there is never a dull moment with a bunch of babies around! If you want to financially support our mission to make the lives of our kids full or get involved in other ways we would love to hear from you!
We are safe place, a haven, a home to previously vulnerablechildren. Here they call it home, feel at home, loved and cherished. We strive daily to not simply meet the basic needs of food, shelter, clothing, education and health of our children, but rather to provide a loving home environment that is filled with God’s love and guidance. Together with a caring and compassionate community we are able to make our home a true home, and nurture our kids to maturity. So here is a shout out to everyone who plays a part in making a difference for our children. Maybe you have never been personally thanked, but know that God sees you and it warms His heart and He will reward you.
With love and blessings
Loressa, kids and the careing iKhaya team
International Mandela Day
Jumping for Joy with Transnet this Mandela Day!
Transnet partnered with us to commemorate International Mandela Day. Not only did they arrange to replace the worn out trampoline mat, but they helped clear away piles of pavers that were temporarily stored in the old pit. They worked like machines and got the task done with a smile and loads of fun too! Our children are so enjoying the new trampoline… thanks you Transnet! The groceries you generously supplied us with are going a long way to fill many hungry bellies.
Our hearts overflowed with gratitude as we were showered with blessings by Air Products, Richards Bay Child and Family Car, in.code and the learners from Crossroads Teen Centre. Gifts, groceries, loads of fun playing soccer jumping on the new trampoline and a coding lesson by Terri of in.code and Scharnee from Dark White Creative for taking pics of the lesson. We are blown away once again by the energy and generosity poured out over our kids and our home. Thank you just seems so insignificant when trying to express our appreciation!
You Make a DIFFERENCE!
To express our gratitude to all who press in and meet a need in our lives, we hosted a light hearted social gathering for our sponsors, friends and partners to meet the children they support and to enjoy a little talent show of singing, dancing, music and a short play. The afternoon was very festive as the adults joined in with the singing and dancing too! These gatherings are an opportunity for our kids to shine as they grown in confidence on the simple stage.
Here is a testimony and a story of encouragement that reminds us to to keep doing what we do. Not every social case is a success story but our desire is to make a difference and our prayer is that each child would be touched and transformed as they experience the love of God through us. Luca’s life started out with us at iKhaya as an infant. He was quickly adpoted and knitted into a Godly family who love him and work with him daily as they strive for his complete healing and a bright future and brought him to visit us as part of his journey. He is a strapping young lad, full of energy and smiles! Eugéne, Tracy & Luca you filled our tanks with much joy!
Until We Meet Again…
Johanna, Luisa and Lea dedicated a year to a volunteer program through APCM in Germany. We had them for 11 months of their year, seving at iKhaya LikaBaba. They poured their time, energy and love into each and every day with us. Our children enjoy the fun times but also learn the art of making and growing new friendships while these young ladies invest into their lives through love, entertainment, companionship and general help. To us as staff their dedication and help lightens our daily load and enables us to spend more time investing into thefuture of our kids. We loave and appreciate you girls so very much and your presence is totally missed!
With love and greetings
Loressa, kids and team