iKhaya Newsletter - May 2017

Psalm 91:2 “I will say to the LORD, "My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!"

Outing to the Unizul Science Centre

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''Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.'' - Benjamin Franklin

Our school kids were invited to visit the Unizul Science Centre this month. The members of the centre organised a special program for our kids, teaching them about interesting plants and about a variety of musical instruments and how to use them. It was wonderful to see how our kids had the opportunity to participate in the program especially by playing these different instruments! Thank you Unizul Science Centre for such a special day!

Fun Day at St Catherine´s Pre-School

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Like every year, St Catherine's Pre-School organised a Fun Day for children, offering horse rides, face-painting, crafts and so much more. The highlight of the day was the magic show with objects disappearing and eggs being magically laid. Two of our kids were brave enough to participate in a magic trick and Jenny our German Volunteer laid an egg. Needless to say our kids had a splendid time, enjoying themselves and the many activities St Catherine's had to offer.

Eagle Creek Spur came on board to spoil us too! We enjoyed their delicious burgers four lunch. Thank you Spur and St Catherine’s for making our day one filled with great memories, loads of fun and much laughter!

Different Kind of Walk

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We are very blessed to be located next to a farm with horses. Our preschool kids fell in love with the horses and are more than excited when they have the opportunity to go for a walk and visit them. However on this occasion they didn't end up walking... instead they were given a luxurious ride on the back of a bakkie. To say they enjoyed it is an understatement!

Homework Centre
We currently have 12 school going aged children attending local schools for 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 in reading and maths and through extra OT at home.

If you are a teacher or mom who would love to invest time in our homework centre we would love to hear from you!

To partner with us please contact me by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , by telephone 035-791 1116 or by visiting our website http://www.ikhayalikababa.co.za or our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ikhayalikababa/.
Please share our newsletter with your family and friends and ask them to like our Facebook Page too!
With love Loressa Kritzinger Co-ordinator

iKhaya Newsletter - April 2017

John 13:34 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I loved you, you also are to love one another“

Holiday Program

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During the easter holidays we welcomed four american students who volunteered to organise the holiday program for our kids. The children had a wonderful time improving their crafting skills by designing their own masks and making their very own bracelets and necklaces. Our kids were not just provided with crafts but were challenged with physical activities as well. It was lovely to see how the kids cheered for one another and motivated each other.

Outing to the farm

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Holidays are the best time for outings with all the kids, such as a visit to the farm adjacent to our property. The kids were invited for horse riding and most importantly… cake! It was lovely to see how much they enjoyed being around the horses and with how much excitement they waited for their turn to ride. We are very proud that even those who hesitated in the beginning, overcame their fears and got to enjoy the ride.

Easter Egg Hunt

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Easter is a special time of the year, especially for children because it‘s the time for chocolates and exciting easter egg hunts! Our kids were overly eager to find the chocolate eggs, which volunteers from Solid Ground Church, hid around the property. Everyone spread out quickly to look in every tree and under every stone for their “treasure“. Needless to say that the eggs were found very promptly and presented by the kids with delight and pride!

Outing to Felixton

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It is in our heart at iKhaya that we provide the kids with the oppurtunity to explore the world beyond our home and the property. One place which has became quite popular for little outings is Felixton, our little neighbouring village. In Felixton our kids are able to safely ride their little motorbikes and explore their surroundings, such as the golf course, huge trees and the dam which fish inhabit. The kids are always more than entrigued to spend time watching the fish and most importantly feeding them bits of bread.

Toddlers and Babies…

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Our mornings are kept eventful and entertaining by the youngsters. We have two toddlers aged 2 ½ years and two babies who stay home while our 4 boys, aged 3-5 years, attend our very own Pre School daily. Now and again the toddlers join forces with the boys for some adventure! They absolutely love visiting the neighbours farmyard while walking along the property fence line or just taking walks together to enjoy some excercise and fresh air. Sarah and Jenny, our German Volunteers, spend quality time with the babies each morning to stimulate and interact with them. This is essential for body strength, social skills and the development of a good foundation for their education as they grow up.

Partnering With iKhaya LikaBaba
Would you love to get involved and be a support to iKhaya? Your gift of time or skills, financial or material donations are all blessings to us! We value every input, be it big or small, as this is what spreads the love and makes our work possible!

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 ready to hear from you! Homework Centre We currently have 12 school going aged children attending local schools for 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 in reading and maths.

If you are a teacher or mom who would love to invest time in our homework centre we would love to hear from you!

To partner with us please contact me by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , by telephone 035-791 1116 or by visiting our website http://www.ikhayalikababa.co.za or our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ikhayalikababa/.
Please share our newsletter with your family and friends and ask them to like our Facebook Page too!

iKhaya Newsletter - March 2017

Galatians 6: 10 “So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.”

Athletics at ECS

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Our eight Empangeni Christian School kids had the chance to show their classmates and their teachers how much they improved over this school term by competing with others at the athletic day. It is amazing to see how much they have learned over a couple of months and with how much joy they participate. All of our kids gave of their best and we are more than proud. Well done guys!

Outing to the town library

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“How much better to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.‘‘ Proverbs 16:16 Education is very important for us. That is why our aim is to enable our kids to receive the best education there is to offer. It’s in this light that we took the kids to the town library, where they had the oppurtunity to choose books for themselves and spend quality time reading. It was wonderful to watch how the books grabbed their attention and for a while nothing else was of importance!

Birthday Party

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Three of our children, Sanele, Asanda and Sphelele, celebrated their birthdays with the entire iKhaya family. It was lovely celebration with a loads of cake and generous presents organised by the local BWA. The kids were delighted to spend their special day with loving people and had great time celebrating together.

Vast Open Spaces

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Our kids love to go for walks around the property, on which our home is situated, and collect nuts on the way. A major highlight of every walk is seeing the chickens, which live on a farm next our property. It is amazing to see how time becomes of lesser value as the chickens are given their full attention. Seeing the kids fascinated by God's creation is truely a blessing.

Partnering With iKhaya LikaBaba

Would you love to get involved and be a support to iKhaya?

To partner with us please contact me by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , by telephone 035-791 1116 or by visiting our website http://www.ikhayalikababa.co.za or our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ikhayalikababa/. Your gift of time or skills, financial or material donations are all blessings to us! We value every input, be it big or small, as this is what spreads the love and makes our work possible!

Please share our newsletter with your family and friends and ask them to like our Facebook Page too!

With love Loressa, Staff and Children

iKhaya Newsletter - February 2017

Proverbs 22:6  “ Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. ” 

Our Very Own In-house Pre-School11Our little Boys have an adventurous time at their pre-school. They are all very curious that‘s why our pre-school teacher Bronwyn often takes them for little outings or a walk to explore the area around our property. They especially enjoy looking at the chickens on a neighbouring farm. On the last visit, Omega told the chickens they should stop shouting because Bronwyn doesn’t like it and it isn’t a good behaviour. The little boys are also very creative, so a few weeks ago we made cupcakes which they where allowed to decorate just as they pleased. Needless to say they had a lot of fun!

Another Painting Work Party

2To get iKhaya 3, which is currenlty empty, fresh and clean for our next houseparents, we had a paint party this month. We had many willing hands to help and so we finished really quickly but most of all we had a lot of fun together. Thanks to everyone who took time out to help! We really appreciate it!

Generous Hearts – Thank you!
Kenzie Turned 3!

3Kenzie celebrated her third birthday with us at iKhaya! Our kids and Kenzie had a lot of fun and most enjoyable time together. We would like to say thank you to Natalie, Kanzie‘s mum, and the whole family for organizing such a special party to share with our kids and for your generosity!

Airproducts

4Airproducts supported our pre-school with an abundance of teaching material and educational games and an esential first aid kit. And in addition they blessed us with a huge fridge/ freezer and 4 single bed mattresses towards the needs of iKhaya 3. We thank you so much for your generosity! We and the kids will benefit hugely from it all and we appreciate it immensely!

Empangeni High School Land Service Visit5The Land Service club of Empangeni High visited us again this year to bless our home with much needed groceries, cleaning materials and clothing. They organized a lovely afternoon for the kids filled with fun, laughter and many games.  The most beautifully decorated and delicious cupcakes to end off the afternoon was the cherry on top! Thanks to you, our kids had a lot of fun and enjoyed the visit so very much!

Doing Daily Life at iKhaya

6This month our two little babies were admitted in hospital but we were happy to have them home and back to good health quickly. As you can see life at iKhaya is always very busy and while we are playing or doing crafts or facepainting or a lot of other things we have lots of fun together. Happy smiles tell the tale of happy memories in the making!

Partnering With iKhaya LikaBaba If you are passionate about making a difference and bringing about change for those less fortunate than yourself and would love to partner with us please contact me by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , by telephone on 035-791 1116 or by visiting our website http://www.ikhayalikababa.co.za or our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ikhayalikababa/.  
 
We value every gift of time, finance and material gifts that we are blessed with at iKhaya! We value every person’s input, be it an act of kindness, a financial blessing, a donation of groceries or clothing, as every gift is seen and received with love!

Please share our newsletter with your family and friends and ask them to like our Facebook Page to stay up-to-date with the goings on in our home and the lives of our kiddos.
 
Greetings from Loressa, Staff and Kids

 

Needs: May 2017

Alone we can make a difference but together we can rock the world!

If you feel passionate about improving the lives of the less fortunate and most vulnerable children of our country please contact us or do so anonymously by contributing to the needs of our home. Our new home is ready and has a few needs in terms of furnishings and appliances. We would appreciate any new or used items in good condition.

I have added the main items to the list below.

General Needs:

  • Chest Freezer
  • Piano
  • Heavy Based Cooking Pots and Pans
  • Long-life Milk
  • Breakfast Cereals and Porridge
  • Black Dustbin Bags
  • Latex Gloves
  • Cleaning Agents
  • Wet Wipes
  • Toothbrushes
  • Formula Infacare Number 1/ 2
  • Formula NAN AR
  • Size 2, 3, 4 and 5 Nappies
  • Baby Girl Clothing Size 6-12 months
  • Baby Boy Clothing Size 6-12 months
  • Girls Panties Size 2-14 years
  • Kids shoes up to adult size 4

Our new home:

  • Book Shelf
  • Wardrobe
  • Dining Chairs (8)
  • Chest of Drawers
  • Pots and Pans
  • House Parents

Volunteers or sponsorship for:

  • Preschool Teacher Salary
  • Psychologist Volunteer/ Costs
  • OT/ Speech Therapy Volunteers/ Costs
  • Medical Doctor Volunteers/ Costs
  • Onsite Music Lessons
  • Onsite Exercise/ Fitness/ Dance Classes

School:

  • Homework Centre Volunteers

Every gift, small or large, is graciously received and meets a need. Thank you for your support. 

With love, 
Loressa Kritzinger 
Co-ordinator 
Tel: 035-791 1116 
Email: office@ikhayalikababa.co.za 

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