"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
We would really like to thank you for your consideration with regards to allowing us the opportunity to hopefully benefit from your goodwill.
After being involved with various charities and organizations, we realized that we needed to focus on one charity at a time, building each charity to a point where they are of an acceptable nature and can sustain themselves as much as possible still under the umbrella of our organization. Boikanyo Home for Disabled Children and Children with special needs in Hammanskraal was brought to our attention.
We have the opportunity to create the world we want to live in, a world in which all children are worth saving – Melinda French Gates
Boikanyo Home for Disabled Children is shelter for 27 children with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism and Mental Retardation and runs with the help of volunteers and relies on the help from the community. Boikanyo gets through every month on the wings of a prayer as they truly struggle financially. Point of Difference has been working alongside the volunteers of Boikanyo for over two years now and will continue to do so until Boikanyo is self-sufficient.
Our biggest wake-up call came when one of the girls at Boikanyo was sold by her own mother to a man for sexual favours. She was but 15 years old and only worth R50 to the person who brought her into this world. She could not tell anyone what happened as she has various disabilities and the root of evil was only later discovered under medical examinations.
Boikanyo’s motto is: those who are content will be happy, even when sleeping on the floor;
But those who are discontent will never find happiness, not even in heaven. This is truly a matter of making the most of what you have.
Point of Difference is committed to offer Boikanyo support in obtaining sponsorships and financial aid to be able to provide and sustain these sunshine children.
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Mahatma Gandhi)
We may not all belong to a volunteer group, but there are many ways in which we as South Africans can assist those in true need. We believe that as individuals we are limited as to how much we can achieve, but by working as a team and expressing our essence we can make a bold impact.
“The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”
We will appreciate your input and assistance by donating the basics, renovate the building, create a garden or simply offer a smile of acceptance. We usually visit the shelter monthly and we, together with the children, will be grateful if you could join us. Point of Difference Charity Foundation also hosts annual fundraiser days; e.g. Evox Calendar Launch, Music festival (with Christiaan Kritzinger and Wasserfall) and an action netball and –cricket day so far.
Our purpose is to promote raising healthy, happy and respected children, because all lives are of equal value. Point of Difference Organization aspires to inspire before we expire. We live to serve and improve the lives of people and animals around us.
Needs at Boikanyo:
- Plumbing – Septic Tank
- Security – burglar bars, lock and possible electric fence
- Food (starch, vegetables, fruit, meat and soya)
- Toiletries (Soap, toothpaste, face cloths, sanitary pads, germolene, Vaseline, body cream etc)
- Money or vouchers for electricity
- Paint ceilings
- Waterproof roof
- Wheelbarrow and gardening tools
- Extension cables
- Music (CD’s)
- Educational DVD’s + Toys
- Railings and Curtains or blinds in Main bedroom
- Clothing, socks, underwear
- Pots and pans
- Big Bowls
- 20 Duvet Inners
- Gas Cylinder 19kg
- Toys can be broken into the following categories: Books – e.g. Easy read; Physical – e.g. hula hoops; Construction – e.g. Lego blocks; Symbolic – e.g. Dolls; Educational – e.g. abacus; Sensory – e.g. Dough; Cause and Effect – e.g. Meccano.
- First Aid Kit
- Cleaning Materials (Washing Powder, Sunlight Liquid, Tile Cleaner, Savlon, Steel wool, dish cloths, sponges, mop, broom, dustbins)