Boikanyo, The Dion Herson Foundation

Who we are: BOIKANYO, The Dion Herson Foundation is a registered NGO .[ NGO registration number: IT 159/2011 Public Benefit Organisation: 930 036 635.] The NGO was established in January 2009 by Marilyn Bassin a physiotherapist. At that time Marilyn met a young disabled boy named Boikanyo who inspired her to do more and help others like him. Boikanyo means "to have faith " in Setswana and that is what Boikanyo is all about....having faith in a better tomorrow for the vulnerable children in South Africa, be they disabled or simply victims of circumstance. Through our outreach projects the foundation also aims to honour and perpetuate the memory of Marilyn's late brother, Dion Herson, a man who was generous, kind and cared for the welfare of others before himself. We work with children and their caregivers living in impoverished communities in Johannesburg. Our mission is address poverty alleviation holistically. We aim to challenge the general prevailing mind set of hopelessness and helplessness existing among our target group due to poverty and poor living conditions through food security programmes, opportunities to develop skills and social upliftment programmes