Newsletter December 2019

Christmas Celebrations!

Christmas is a time to give! And boy were we blessed to be on the receiving end of so many folk who poured out their love to bless our home and children this year. Gifts were bought according to our kids’ wish lists, meat and treats supplied for parties and festivities throughout the school holidays and we were treated to a Christmas lunch and farm activities with the best possible weather too. The animal interactions were a delight for our children along with pony rides, loads of toys and water to cool off in! Thank you to each and every person who played a part in bringing joy and happiness into our home and smiles to the faces of our little ones! We appreciate every gift!

Advantage Hippo Cruise

As part of our school holiday activities and giving back to our long term volunteers, Advantage Tours in St Lucia includes our children on a river cruise to enjoy the crocs, hippos, birds and of course the boat ride on the Advantage Cruiser. This is a very exciting outing for the kids and they thoroughly enjoy themselves. If you are looking to enjoy a peaceful outing to soak up all the estuary has to offer then head on over to St Lucia Tours to book your very informative and interesting guided river trip- you won’t regret it!


Our eldest is blossoming into a beautiful young lady. She has matured and grown into such a kind hearted, caring and motherly teenager. She has a servant heart and loves to be asked to help out with the younger kids and around the home.

She brings a smile to my face and joy to my heart. She was all toffed up with beautifully braided hair and new clothes as she joined the bridal party as a flower girl of a dear friend’s wedding. 

Fire and Fun

iKhaya LikaBaba had a visit from the City of uMhlathuze Fire Department. The kids love to interact with the fire-fighting crew and get to experience and learn about fire equipment, the fire truck and even try on the gear. A safety talk with the added element of fun is the best way for kids to learn and retain the knowledge being shared. The foam is always the best part of the demo of course! Thank you Empangeni Fire Station and crew for an enjoyable morning!

Fond Farewells

Saying goodbye is by no means easy, but knowing our goodbyes are the beginning of new lives, renewed family bonds, establishing a true sense of belonging within a family unit, all helps us to celebrate these joyous moments with the kids who leave us. In December we saw one child join his adoptive family and six others reunite with family. We pray for strength and endurance for the tough days ahead, God’s love and peace to go with them daily and that they may never depart from the ways we have taught them. And may God’s grace and love abound in all you do. We love you and will miss you dearly.

Grateful Hearts

Dear sponsors, family and friends of iKhaya We are super proud of our school children as they all did so well this year. We are excited for all 2020 has to offer as we have two youngsters entering high school and two littlies embarking on their school career with Grade RR. December was a fun-filled month for the children. They enjoyed many outings as well as activities at home as part of our holiday program.

Christmas was an extra treat this year as we spent the day with a local family on their farm as they lavished us with gifts, entertainment and love. A number of companies and individuals blessed our kiddies with an abundance of Christmas gifts too. An amazing family abroad adopted a young lad from iKhaya and they have retained contact with us over the years. They came as a family to visit us in December. This was a truly special gesture for them and us alike and one that will remain a treasured memory for many of us who remember him fondly.

Thank you for caring so deeply and remaining in touch with us! To all who made our Christmas, New Year and the holidays so special we say a BIG THANK YOU! We appreciate every gift and gesture. With best wishes for a amazing year ahead. Loressa, kids and staff.