iKhaya Newsletter - November 2017

Luke 1 v 37 “For nothing is impossible with God“

A Season of Change and Harvesting
It is with absolute excitement that I update you on the changes that are unfolding before us at iKhaya. We serve an awesome God who is guiding and leading us into the season of harvest. We have successfully changed our staff roster and the benefits of having the children cared for by fewer caregivers, as mother figures, has been phenoninal. The children are more secure, loving and less “needy“. The homely feel and peace is tangible. We have fewer occassions of children needing discipline beyond a few corrective words. Children play together and care for one another routinely and the vibe is happy and joyful. Our caregivers have risen to the challenge of being more of an individual mother figure in the lives of the children they are responsible for and have taken on their daily duties with renewed pride and commitment. I am truly overjoyed! What a privilege to be a part of the unfolding changes.

An Early Christmas Treat



Thank you to Dayspring Animal Farm for wonderful facilities and loads of wide open spaces with superb animal petting and interaction opportunities for kids to play freely and safely. Airproducts treated us to a year end party with Christmas gifts and party packs. We all enjoyed feeding the animals and the kids thoroughly enjoyed playing on all the playground equipment, all the farm animals and pony rides. There is no doubt that we all slept soundly that night!!!


Birthday Bliss

We celebrated three birthdays this month. What fun! There were plenty soapy bubbles, slippery slips and loads of laughter as children played together and enjoyed some outdoor treats, birthday cakes, chips, sweets and special birthday gifts. Best of all was having their own invited friends join in their memorable occasion!


Chane’ Cheese Farm

Our grade R kids visited the Chane’ Cheese Farm as a school outing. What a delightful day of adventure and fun they had. The kids were so utterly exhausted from their many activities that some fell asleep on the trip home. Thanks to the teachers for the opportunity to learn about farm animals and experience such an exploration!


Splish Splash I was having a Bash!

Nothing like going to the beach on a fun-shining day! Summer is finally here and outings to the beach are no longer just for a walk to pick up shells. The water is now a refreshing treat on our humid and piping hot days in Zululand. A few of the older kids joined the 4 German volunteers to enjoy some sun, sand and waves!


Playball Prizegiving and Demonstration


Many of our young learners participate in Playball programs that progress from simple sport introduction to mini sport classes running parallel with the school academic year. Each program consists of age appropriate, extensive related skills. The Playball curriculum is maintained by a consortium of professionals compromising teachers, physical therapists, sports coaches, occupational therapists and sports scientists to bring the most current and appropriate sports program to young children. As our academic year drew to a close we attended demonstration classes and had the privilege of watching them receive their certificates of achievement.


Ballet Lessons

Priska and Ursula from Germany are talented dancers and are taking the time to give the kids ballet lessons while volunteering at iKhaya this year. Our children love to dance and express themselves through this art form. Dance Academy continues to teach the kids modern and hip hop on a weekly basis and this is the highlight of their week!


Time to Chill!

Empangeni has a large municipal pool that is used by local schools and clubs for galas and is open for the public’s pleasure. The facilities include shallow kiddies’ pools for the young children who either cannot swim or are still learning to swim. Our children enjoy an outing to the pool whenever possible… and the volunteers too!


Partner with us
To make our work meaningful and for us to reach our goals we rely on a team of contributors to assist us. Our needs include nutrition, medical, education, clothing, OT and Speech Therapy, psychology and councelling, optomotery, building maintenance, transport, staffing and so on. In order to meet these we rely both on helping hands of volunteers and financial support from private and corporate sponsors to bridge the gap between the limited Dept of Social Development funding and the actual costs of running our home. If you would like to be a part of our vision and mission please contact us to discuss how you would like to be involved.

Contact details:
Loressa Kritzinger on telephone 035-791 1116 or by mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Website http://www.ikhayalikababa.co.za Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ikhayalikababa/ Please freely share our newsletter with your family and friends and ask them to like our Facebook Page to stay up-to-date with the happenings in our lives. We wish you all a blessed Christmas and may you create many happy memories over the festive season. Greeting and much love from us all at iKhaya Loressa, Staff and Children

Needs: December 2017

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

Every little adds up to a lot! No gift or donation is ever too small or insignificant and it always makes a difference!

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.

We will be increasing our capacity from 20 to 25 children early in 2018. Although the new home is ready we have a few needs in terms of furnishings and appliances. We would appreciate any new or used items in good working condition.


General Needs:

  • Piano
  • Heavy Based Cooking Pots and Pans
  • Long-life Milk
  • Peanut Butter or other sandwich fillings
  • Black Dustbin Bags
  • Latex Gloves
  • Cleaning agents
  • Wet Wipes
  • Toothbrushes
  • Nappies Size 4, 5 and 6
  • Girls and Boys underwear Size 2-14 years


Our new home:

  • Wardrobes
  • Dining Table and Chairs (8)
  • Chest of Drawers
  • Pots and Pans
  • 2 Single Beds/Bunk


Volunteers or sponsorship for:

  • Preschool Teacher Salary
  • Psychologist Volunteer/ Costs
  • Speech Therapy Volunteers/ Costs
  • Medical Doctor
  • Volunteers
  • Onsite Music Lessons (Drums, Guitar, Piano)


School and Pre School:

  • Hard Cover Story Books for Ages 3-5 years
  • Poster Paints
  • Paper
  • Stickers
  • Koki Pens
  • Face Paint
  • Suncream
  • Bar Fridge
  • Uniforms for 2018


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

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