One Life Church, a partnering NCMI Church, spent time with Solid Ground Church and iKhaya LikaBaba in November. We gathered together sports equipment and after a few minor repairs (like grip changes and a bit of air) we had plenty hockey sticks, bats and balls, soccer balls, tennis rackets and cricket sets to have a social sports festival. The visiting team played and interacted with the kids who in turn had a fun yet exhausting morning. One 10 year old exclaimed atht she had never played so hard ever! After a well deserved lunch we spent time in worship and prayer together. What a treat the day was and such a fabulous memory this will be for her and the others to treasure!
If you wish to add to our sports box, please consider passing on your kids’ old rackets, cricket sets, hockey sticks and balls, badminton sets, volley ball set, swing ball and so on. We would love to expand our range!
Congratulations and Celebrations!
6 Birthdays to celebrate in one month! Yeee-haaa! We had face painting, balloons, popcorn and loads of treats to celebrate with 3 littlies turning 1 and 2 years old. These 3 little girls shared an awesome Minnie Mouse cake made with love by a dear friend. Winnie the Pooh and Mickey paid us a visit… what a treat! As if 1 party in a day is not enough… we got to celebrate Njabulo’s 7th birthday once he arrived home from school. The older children loved the party games, superhero face paints and enjoyed an yummy, brightly coloured rainbow cake! Twins, Ryan and Rihanna, celebrated their 10th birthday with their friends at iKhaya. We had a jumping castle and played party games after enjoying the delish cake. Check their cheesy grins as they got to cut their own cakes! Our school going kids get money rather than a birthday present. This is a highlight for them as they love to go shopping, choose their own clothing and something they really want. They are all being taught to save their pocket money too, so some decide to save the birthday money towards a more expensive item.
To support of our birthdays please contact Loressa. We would love to hear from you! Needs: Gifts for ages birth to 5yrs; party treats; balloons, face paints, prizes for games
Sometimes a little lighthearted fun in just FUNNY and a good laugh is good for the soul! I playfully refer to the “outies” as hooters or noses. I get many tots visiting my office and they simply love a smiley face on their hand. In this case I took it a step further… much to the kids delight!
Our mornings are spent interacting with the babies and toddlers while our older children are away at school. The time is spent playing in- and outdoors, making use of educational toys, musical instruments, the jungle gym and so on. Having baby carriers has made taking the babies with on walks easy and enjoyable for us and them!
Learn to Swim
Sonja and Debi of Sonja Swim School have partnered with us to teach the children to swim. They will do weekly lessons With the children aged 5 upwards. The group is split in two with the younger kids learning to swim and the older ones working on strokes. Swimming is not only a life skill but a great form of exercise. It is a school sport too and we are hoping this pool time will help them when competing!
Thank you Air Products for our fantastic year end party. The magic show and face painting were a hit of note! Vaughn is slick and sly as he is so quickly deceives the eye! We are most grateful for the lovely gifts for us all and the time we got to enjoy together!
Christmas and New Year
Christmas and New Year celebrations are around the corner. We would love to bless our staff and kids with a braai, salads and drinks on each occasion. Please consider partnering with us to make our desire a reality and one to remember!
A baby’s school is the playground
What a joy it is to see babies thriving through daily interactive playtime. We have a host of activities for the toddlers and babies to expose them to music and siging, reading, outdoor play, motor skill development and get to learn language, social skills, colours, textures, sounds, rhythm and position in space all through fun playtimes!
Our very own iKhaya Pre-School runs from the Solid Ground Church Youth Centre. We launched our ECD Centre 2 ½ years ago with the goal of preparing our youngsters for formal education. The school is run by Bronwyn with the aid of an international volunteer. Not only are our kiddies learning here…so are the teachers! Every day is a challenge and opportunity for personal growth and character building and honing their child rearing skills and disciplinary approaches. What an opportunity this is for any young lady to have! We are raising up our volunteers to be great parents!
Horse riding is the latest buzz at iKhaya. The kids are loving taking a walk to the farm, having a picnic and learning to ride and care for the horses. There are many obvious health benefits to riding, including strong core and legs, but there are also many less obvious benefits, such as boost in confidence and sele-assurance. Horses are even used in therapy for mentally disabled children- which only proves further how healthy they are. Horseback riding is an isometric exercise, which means it uses specific muscles to stay in certain positions, in this case, keeping balanced on the horse. ... This exercise helps with good overall muscle tone, posture, flexibility and core muscle strength. Riding improves one’s quick thinking and co-ordination as the rider needs to control a large animal with a mind of its own. There are so many mental benefits to horseback riding. Not only do you really learn about yourself as you experience time on a horse but it can also be a time of self-reflection because for the time being, the only focus is on riding and staying on the horse. While horseback riding is a great exercise, there is a real benefit in the connection with the animal and the peace of mind that comes with every ride. It is just so obvious to us how much value there is in this simple yet fun activity. Thanks to everyone for making another of my dreams a reality!
Nothing New… This is becoming old news… sleepovers at my home in the school holidays! It is always a good ol’ favourite… I guess like going to grandma’s (not that I’m old or anything!). They love to eat different meals (breaking the norm too with treats!), watch movies, play with the pets, sleep on mattresses and stay up late, swim and just have FUN. We ALL love it!
The iKhaya Olympic Games
Each team was dressed up for the occasion with warrior paint and all! Big and small, they all participated with much enthusiasm and excitement. The spirit was apparent but the comepetion was on! The activities of the day were palnned and executed by our French and German volunteers. Their imagination and enthusiasm is just delightful!
Happy Birthday baby boy! This was his first birthday and we had the pleasure of sharing this milestone with him. He LOVED his first taste of chocolate cake and was intrigued with having to unwrap his gift. What a special day.
The pre-schoolers got to sleep over at the volunteers home, helped prepare burgers for supper, pillow fights, a movie and one of course did her own make up!! What kids doesn’t enjoy camping out on mattresses!
Christmas and New Year
Christmas is fast approaching as we see 2018 drawing to a close. Please consider partnering with us to make our kids Christmas and New Year celebrations fun and a time to remember! Our celebratory needs are: Braai Meat, salads and dessert Chips, sweets and cakes Gifts for 28 children.
There is one thing we do know for sure is that this year has been filled with many wonderful memories, times of healing and growth, heartache and joy, birthday celebrations and academic challenges and accolades. Our children have at times stretched us and through this we have grown. We rejoice with their successes and cry and comfort them in their lows and struggles. We are the priviledged ones to walk this journey out with our kiddies with God our Father leading the way. With Him all is possible and through Him we make progress daily! Thank you to everyone for partnering with us. All donations whether financial, goods, time or services all go towards the success of our mission at iKhaya. Without God’s provision and wisdom, His faithful givers’ generosity and the prayers of many our task would simply be a shot in the dark. So THANK YOU to you all! Together we we can do more!
Doing Life… Together!
iKhaya LikaBaba is currently home to 27 kiddies. To provide them with neat clothing, nutritious meals/ lunch boxes, toiletries and a sanitary environment is of great importance to us. Education is vital for their bright futures and careers. Meeting each child’s spiritual, social, medical, psychological and emotional needs is core to inner healing and their future as sound community members of our “future generation”. If it takes a village to raise a child… how much more does it take to raise vulnerable children? Let’s join as one to make the change. No contribution is insignificant in the “big scheme” of things as all the “littles” add up to reach and meet all the needs. We need you. They need you! 14 Children need stationery and uniforms for the 2019 academic year. This is not an quick and simple feat! Besides the cost there is the logistics of shopping for uniforms and stationery, labeling every item of clothing and stationery down to each pen and pencil! And of course our scholars are aged 5 to 12 years and “come in” all “shapes and sizes”… making the task that much more interesting.
We would love to bless each child with a new outfit or shoes and a quality toy/ gift to open on Christmas Day after church. To celebrate on Christams Day and New Year we would love to provide our children and staff with meat and salads for a family braai. If you would like to partner with us please get in contact with Loressa for the kids’ wish lists.
Congratulations and Celebrations!
We celebrated the birthdays of 2 of our tots this month. We played pass the parcel, musical chairs, musical statues and had a dance off with a prize for the one with the “best moves”. Cakes and treats, games and gifts, bubbles and many giggles were the order of the day as together we made them the centre of the occasion, to feel loved, adored and part of a special family. My heart sings and overflows with joy as I enjoy sharing their day and joining in making memories of a lifetime!
We have 4 beautiful young ladies giving freely of themselves as they serve iKhaya and the kids through volunteer work. Johanna, Lea and Luisa are from Germany and will be with us until July 2019. Julie, from France, arrived this month and will stay 6 months. Part of them doing life with us includes us investing social time with them. We enjoyed a fresh Spring evening at Alkanstand together, walking on the beach sand and the pier, a little splash along the shoreline and a sunset picnic for supper.
Ensuring our babies and toddlers develop well physically, socially and emotionally takes some planning and effort from those who spend the most waking hours with them. Children thrive on love, acceptance and a sense of belonging and we can meet these needs through intentional play times and social interactions with youngsters. Besides our very own pre-school for the kids aged 3-5 years, we encourage our volunteers to actively invest themselves each day with the littlies, babies to 2 years old, while their older siblings are out the home attending school. Filling the time with a variety of activities and lots noise and fun helps the caregiver to enjoy the time too!
Spring is in the Air!
Empangeni Christian School grade RR and R held a delightful spring tea with the kids dramatically, or with some reserve, strutting down the catwalk! The morning was a great delight enjoyed by us with our iKhaya preschooler class who went to support their siblings in action. Bronwyn, our iKhaya Preschool Teacher treated the moms to a fun morning too with kids dressed with flower faces especially for the occasion!
Jordan turned 3 and chose to celebrate his day with us! Nishi, iKhaya Assistant, and her hubby Melkom, fostered Jordan as an infant, and are in the process of adopting him. A family made by God and knitted together with His love! They showered us with love and delish food as we enjoyed celebrating together. Happy birthday Jordan!
Friends for Life!
Deep connections is what truly warms my heart more than anything… knowing that while our international volunteers serve us they are being knitted into our local community too. Friendships, that often extend beyond their time with us in SA, are forged through the Solid Ground Church community. Here we enjoy the sight of previous German volunteers, who served at Musawenkosi and iKhaya LikaBaba from as far back as 2015 to those who only left us in July 2018, spending time together back in Germany.
First Aid Training
Sister Madeleen from Medipark Pharmacy in Central Park, Empangeni is a gem! She cares about us and our kids’ wellbeing and never hesitates to be of guidance to us. Her passion shone through in all she shared at the recent training she held at iKhaya. She has a wealth of knowledge that she so unselfishly shares no matter when or where she goes!
From each one of us, to each and every one who plays a part in raising our kids, a great BIG THANK YOU! We could not achieve even a fraction of the excellence we do without your care, love and support. Together we are raising children with mighty and bright futures!
Greetings and love,
Together We Can
Do you want to be a part of our mission? Do you want to see our dreams, goals and vision for our children fulfilled?
At iKhaya we are a family and we do life together. We are a home away from home for previously vulnerable children in need of love, affection and overall care. We reach out and touch these little lives through meeting their educational, physical, emotional and psychological needs with the hope and prayer they are transformed and healed. Our 24 hour care includes schooling, uniforms and stationery, good nutrition, clothing, good hygiene and so on. We can all jump on board to assist in meeting these practical physical needs or we can pledge our financial assistance to cover the overhead cost like transportation, safe and hygienic homes, staffing, administration, medical care, tertiary education, equipment, furniture and toys. Give Loressa a call to see how you can make a difference.
Hospital visits are not something anyone looks forward too. But sometimes they are necessary. Thabiso put on his brave face and underwent his op with great courage. Despite being in terrible pain he managed to muster a grin for me when I gave him a happy “Glove Face” balloon while the nurse stepped out the room! Sara was brave too! She was exposed to our medical care in a state facility. This was a life experience, culture shock and an eye opener for her.
Vibrant, Happy, Beautiful
Sara Rudinski from Germany spent 6 weeks with us. She served with a cheerful disposition and kinda crept deep into our hearts in her short stay. She was a HUGE help to us in the gap between the last volunteers leaving in July and the 3 new German girls arriving late this month. Sara returned home to finish her studies and we hope to meet up with her again sooner than later! Johanna, Lea and Luisa are part of a social program run by APCM in Germany who send volunteers worldwide to partnering organisations. We have been blessed with the help of many young ladies through this partnership and are truly greateful to all at APCM for the role they play in sending us the most amazing volunteers.
Friends from Abroad
Taylor, Karen and their 2 beautiful daughters visited us again from Chicago, USA. Lending a helping hand and reaching out in love is how they roll. 614 Church from Columbus, Ohio had a team with us in August. They quickly became friends with us and both parties joined us at the KZN Equip in Pietermaritzburg before returning to the USA. We squeezed in some social time too... Many happy memories were created and friendships fostered.
Children learn best through play. It is important to note that this kind of play is meant to be unstructured, child-driven play. Free time is vital to build their creativity and ability to come up with unique ideas. It also develops motor planning skills, helping the child to create and carry out ideas, motor actions, and activities while fostering decision-making skills and independence. Free play teaches kids to work in groups so they learn to share and resolve conflicts and helps kids develop social and emotional ties, both within the family and with other children.
Maxi’s Great Taste
Maxi’s Empangeni boast with the re-launch of their 5 Ways Mall shop. It has a new modern finish with great décor and delish coffee… all with GREAT TASTE!
Do pop by and give them a try!
Empangeni High School Choir entertained us along with the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Thank you Taste Holdings and 5 Ways Mall for giving back to our community! We will make great use of the donation made to our home.
Thank you for taking the time to read our news and for remaining in touch with us. We value all those who partner with us physically, emotionally, prayerfully and financially, even if we don’t get to tell you in person that we appreciate you!
Love and greetings from Loressa and the iKhaya Family
“The BEST LOVE is the kind that AWAKENS the SOUL and makes us REACH FOR MORE.”