by Lynn Son Kee, February 1, 2011
Hi! I am from Canada...and I have been totally blown away from this experience at iKhaya LikaBaba. I know that I've read from previous volunteers that they did not want to leave here...but I didn't fully understand it until I arrived! :)
If you have ever contemplated volunteering and have a heart for serving and orphans, please don't hestitate to reach out to iKhaya, because I promise you that it will be a life changing experience.
I have never quite felt so much love in one place before - From the Wendy, to the staff, to the church and the other volunteers - I've gained a whole new family and I'm too sad to think about leaving. The children are absolutey adorable and I am so impressed by how well they are taken care of and also taught proper manners and to take care of themselves. Of course they are children, and they like to play a lot and have an occasional tantrum, but nonetheless, when you look into their eyes, you could never believe that anyone would want to abandon them.
I will never forget this time in my life because it has truly been a blessing and shown me how much love there can be when you serve others. Not everyone is as blessed as those in other parts of the world in terms of finances, however, here at iKhaya they are RICH in LOVE and kindness. Thank you so much to everyone here who has made me feel at home. I am so happy and joyful that words cannot express - to my new sisters and brothers, Anne, Timon, Ty, Nikki, Helga, Swan, T, Jenny, Wendy, Andrew, Brett, Leah, Jayne, Molefe, Noma, Jodie, Peter & Lesley...and so many others...I love you more than words can say. To the little children of iKhaya...I LOVE YOU!
by Lynn, February 1, 2011
I am from Sydney, Australia. The second of 7 children, I moved to London late 2008. After spending two wonderful years there, it was time to go back to Australia. I decided that I wanted to visit Africa on the way home. As well as doing a Safari trip, I wanted to do some volunteer work.
One of the friends I met in London was from South Africa. She put me in touch with her mum whoput me in touch with iKhaya LikaBaba. I arranged to do two weeks of Volunteer work.
I didn’t know what to expect. I turned up on my first day and met the children and Wendy, the Manager. During my time there, I was involved in many different tasks all ranging in different physical levels.
Some of the things that I did included painting the doll house, organise the office, read to the children, play games with them, arrange a store room, moving concrete and other general tasks.
It is hard on the heart to see these beautiful children who are totally innocent and have had a tough start to life. But iKhaya LikaBaba is a great facility to give them love and attention that they might not get in other ways.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at iKhaya LikaBaba. I wish that my plans allowed me to stay longer. The other volunteers that were there were also great. We got along well and I learnt a lot about their countries from them.
Once I get back to Australia, I will be closely monitoring the progress of iKhaya LikaBaba and look forward to the growth of the project in the next few years.
by Nikki, February 1, 2011
Hi! My name is Nikki, and I come from Manchester in England. I'm 22 years old and a student at the University of Nottingham. When I'm not at University I live at home with my Mum, Dad, younger sister Jenny and my dog Sam. In my spare time I enjoy swimming and running and baking cakes!
I am currently staying with family who live in Empangeni while I volunteer at ikhaya for 6 weeks. While I'm in South Africa I will also be spending some time working at a local hospital as this is very relevant to my degree and I hope I can learn something useful!
I am really enjoying spending so much time with the children and staff at Ikhaya! However, I will be flying home in time to spend Christmas 2010 with my family.