Christmas Message 2013 from Zanokhanyo

posted Dec 18, 2013, 12:39 PM by Thomas Kagerer   [ updated Dec 24, 2013, 3:00 AM ]

This Christmas we would like to make a special appeal to our generous community of supporters to consider a special gift that the children can use throughout the year and will treasure as a reminder that you care.
As the home receives no government funding and survives on an income of R4,000 a month for all their food and electricity needs, our biggest priority for 2014 is fundraising. Our fundraising goal for 2014 is R172,000 which will cover an additional income for food, electricity, pay the 2 ladies who volunteer at the home as well as all the educational costs for all the children.(transport, school fees, uniform and stationary)
If you are able to assist us in anyway, no matter how small, please let us know. Donations can be made via the following DONATE NOW link posted on our website or into our South African bank account. The money will be strictly managed and budgeted by the board.
Wishing you and your loved ones a very happy festive season and a fantastic 2014!
A list of our wonderful supporters is under the FRIENDS tab on our website-from the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much for your kindness and generosity this year.

December 2012 Christmas Newsletter

posted Dec 16, 2012, 7:09 AM by Thomas Kagerer

As the year draws to a close, the season brings the custom of giving, family, love, hope and appreciation for what we have.  This is also the time to reflect on the heart-warming generosity we have received from each one of you.  
We like to take this opportunity to thank you for your relentless support.  There has been many achievements made in 2012, some small to be noted but all the achievements combined have catapult Zanokhanyo to where it is today.  

We would like to keep all the wonderful friends and supporters of Zanokhanyo updated as to what has happened in 2012 and to thank you for your continued kindness and support.

A big thank you to Simon Carruthers and his friends for donating money monthly to buy food.  Your unwavering support and commitment to the home has sustained the home for the past two years and your generosity is highly appreciated.  We wish you and your friends countless blessings.  
Corporate Traveller, thank you very much for your monthly donation to buy food and electricity for the home and also for your visits to see the children.
Ray Van Der Scholtz from Old Mutual, thank you very much for the much needed groceries you donated to the home.   
Cape Natural Tea Products, thank you for your donation of Pick ’n Pay grocery vouchers.
Anna and Harry Chilton for their donation towards educational costs, food and electricity.

A big thank you to Paul and Saleemah from L. Rubin and Company for his continued support to the home by providing their very professional and much needed accounting auditing services free of charge. 
Their professional support with helping us manage our finances enables  Zanokhanyo to comply in accordance with the financial reporting standards.  We are eternally grateful for all the support they offer to the home.

We would like to thank Mike Silver from Stretch as well as Tom’s friend from Europe for their generous donation towards the children’s education.  All the children attended school this year either in Khayelitsha, Woodstock, Mitchells Plain and Athlone.  Most of the children did very well this year. The funds raised paid for their transport, school fees, stationary, uniform and school outings.
A big thank you to Jesse Singleton and her friends in Monaco for taking part in a Charity Run to raise funds for Zanokhanyo.   

Teachout from UCT continued with their wonderful support coming through twice a week to help the children with after school and homework support. 

The children were treated to quite a few fantastic outings and parties at the home this year- Pick ‘ Pay’s Annual Easter Party and Annual, Charity Movie Day, MNET Idols finalist visit to the home, hiking and beach days. Operation Shoebox will be visiting the children next week Monday 17th December to brighten up their days with their Christmas Shoeboxes kindly donated this year by the Wynberg  Junior Rotary Club.

Please can you also like and get your friends to like our Facebook page ( , so we can keep you updated as to what is happening with the home.

Wishing you all a wonderful Festive Season and a very Happy 2013! Thank you from the bottom of all our hearts for your ongoing support and love.

Best wishes, Nolu, Christophe, Phuthi, Tom, Candice and all the children at Zanokhanyo xxxx

Uncle Paul's Christmas Party another hit - 24th November 2011

posted Dec 24, 2011, 5:38 AM by Thomas Kagerer

Thanks to the kindness of Avis Coach Hire and the Wynberg Rotaract Club the younger children of Zanokhanyo were treated to an early Christmas. They were collected from the home courtesy of Avis Coach Hire and transported to the magical kingdom at Groot Constantia. There were tractor rides, straw tosses, marching bands, Noddy and ice-cream, carols under the stars and then the highlight of the evening Father Christmas who was laden down with his heavy bag of presents for the children along with his trusty side kick, Fairy. So much fun and magical times were had by everyone. Thanks again to Avis Coach Hire and the Wynberg Rotaract Club for making this happen again this year. The children had an absolute ball.

Christmas newsletter 2011

posted Dec 14, 2011, 1:12 PM by Thomas Kagerer

Christmas is a special time of the year where we feel an abundance of kindness, love and generosity.  The holiday season brings the custom of giving, family, love, hope and appreciation for what we have. We just wanted to take this opportunity to keep all the wonderful friends and supporters of Zanokhanyo updated as to what has happened in 2011 and to thank you for your continued kindness and support.

Zanokhanyo gets a new home

posted Dec 14, 2011, 12:37 PM by Thomas Kagerer   [ updated Dec 14, 2011, 12:37 PM ]

Space has always been a big challenge at the home. Twenty seven children shared a three bedroom house with one bathroom and toilet. There was no space where the children could sit down to eat or do their homework. It’s was a daily struggle to get everybody ready for school as they had to share one bathroom. In December 2010, the Post Office announced that it would raise R160 000 towards building extra rooms for Zanokhanyo.  The building of four extra rooms, a shower and toilet commenced in April 2011 and the house was complete in October 2011.  

On Wednesday, 12 October 2011, Vuyo Mahlati, Chairperson of the South African Post Office, handed over the newly renovated and refurbished building to the Zanokhanyo Children’s Home in Khayelitsha. 

Zanokhanyo would like to thank the Post Office and other sponsors for their relentless support, kindness and generosity in improving the living conditions of twenty seven children.  

Pick n Pay - Easter Party 2011

posted Jul 4, 2011, 3:00 PM by Thomas Kagerer   [ updated Jul 4, 2011, 3:06 PM ]

15th April 2011

Thanks to the kindness of Pick  ‘n Pay and their suppliers the children of Zanokhanyo were treated to a wonderful afternoon of chocolate and fun activities. The children were picked up from Zanokhanyo and transported to Pick ‘n Pay’s head office in Kenilworth where a whole bunch of fun awaited them. After a yummy lunch there were many amazing things to keep them occupied from face painting, colouring in competitions, jumping castles, egg and spoon and three legged races and Easter Egg Hunts. There was even a dance off!!! Pick ‘n Pay also kindly donated a R1500 food voucher which is much needed for the home. The children all left with a wonderful party pack of chocolates, T shirt and a new lunch box. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to Pick ‘n Pay for their generosity and kindness and hosting the children at their offices. Your wonderful love and kindness is so much appreciated by all the children.

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Climbing the Lion

posted Jul 4, 2011, 2:11 PM by Thomas Kagerer   [ updated Jul 4, 2011, 3:06 PM ]

Sunday 26th June 2011 – Climbing the Lion
The older boys at Zanokhanyo were treated to a wonderful outing thanks to the kindness of Simon Carruthers and Rod Hunter. Treated to a slap up lunch at KFC the boys worked off the calories by climbing up Lions Head on a beautiful sunny day in Cape Town. The boys apparently made light work of their climb to the top and managed it with ease although Siyanda admitted to feeling a little nervous on the top. Thank you so much to Simon and Rod for their time and energy and for lifting the boys to and from ZK and for the yummy lunch. The boys so appreciated their wonderful day out.
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2010 Christmas Newsletter

posted Dec 10, 2010, 1:45 PM by Thomas Kagerer   [ updated Mar 20, 2011, 9:43 AM ]

Zanokhanyo has come along in lots of little leaps this year thanks to the kindness and generosity of YOU, our many friends and supporters. There are so many people to thank for their continued support so we wanted to put together a short Christmas newsletter to update you as to the happenings of 2010. Here are some of our highlights year to date.

2010 Christmas Newsletter

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Kitchen Container Donated to Zanokhanyo 18th August 2010

posted Dec 8, 2010, 4:21 AM by Thomas Kagerer   [ updated Dec 8, 2010, 4:25 AM ]

For those of you that have visited Zanokhanyo you will know that their living space is a major challenge. The home was in desperate need of a proper kitchen – the one that was in the house was too small for their needs and did not even have a stove. Thanks to Platypus Productions, Zanokhanyo now has a fully customized kitchen container. It’s a beautiful 12 metre container with a double sink, pantry, electrical plug points, counters and cupboards. The kitchen was customized by Big Box Containers and then delivered to Zanokhanyo on 18th August 2010.

Platypus hosted a wonderful creative Staff Community Project day facilitated by heart on 20th August 2010 in which their staff came out for the day and painted some wonderful animal murals on the container, played games with the children and hosted a luncheon for the home. It was a lot of fun and the children loved the interaction with the staff. They even got to paint their handprints on the side of the container.
The kitchen has made such a huge difference to the home in terms of having somewhere safe and big enough to prepare meals, do the laundry and store their food and linen safely. A big thank you to Stan, Ian, Dinisha and the team at Platypus for their kindness and SUPER GENEROUS donation.
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posted Dec 8, 2010, 4:13 AM by Thomas Kagerer   [ updated Dec 8, 2010, 4:31 AM ]

Siyanda- a local Grade 11 boy – has been volunteering his time after school and on weekends implementing an activities programme for the children such as gumboot dancing, drumming , singing and dancing. These activities are so vital to helping keep the children occupied and stimulated. It’s been so successful and the children LOVE their time with Siyanda so much.

What has been challenging is not having any of the musical instruments or costumes that they needed to be able to get out and perform at local venues. The children kept asking us to buy these but the items were not priority in terms of the limited funding we had so we suggested that they put together a concert fundraiser which they took in their stride.
The concert was held at Zanokhanyo on Saturday 16th October and well attended by various friends and supporters and a few local community members. There was some great acting with some fantastic costumes that the children had rustled together in the home, some fabulous dancing and some gum boot dancing. There was also a guest group that performed for us.
We raised almost R4000 and have already purchased 2 drums which the children are LOVING and are being well used. During the school holidays Siyanda will prioritise sorting out the traditional costumers for the children. The plan is for us to assist them find opportunities to perform in different places in Cape Town to raise money and be able to contribute towards the home.
Many thanks to everyone who attended and contributed towards the fundraiser. (See under FRIENDS section of website).

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