Our orphan Christmas party on the 8th and 9th of December for 3500 orphans and carers - 3 parties over 2 days. There are only 10 of us on staff at Izulu Orphan Projects, so there is no ways we can do this alone. We need to co-ordinate everyone who can do a little bit, to achieve the gloriously huge amount needed.

Thus far we have very gratefully received from Harry at the 5 Ways Mall Spar a pledge for the 7000 rolls. And an incredible donation from a wonderful family in Australia for the busses.

The very scary thing is that out of the 3500 presents we need, we have only 5. Toy Story help us every year with some of the presents for the children in primary school. But we have nothing for the high school children and the champion grandmothers and carers.

Out of the 500 volunteers we need on Saturday, 8 December, and the 250 on Sunday, 9 December, we have only 40 and 25 respectively. We have very well organised systems in place to make our organisation a success to be able to support the thousands of orphans that we do and the core of our work for the following year is based on the outcomes of these parties. We need as many hands as we can get on these days to make them a success.

We will be holding these parties 15 kms inland from Empangeni, 175 kms up the coast from Durban, under a 2 hour drive. GPS Co-ordinates: S 28 44.312 E 31 45.680. I can email direction to anyone that needs. We also have backpackers accommodation for anyone wanting to stay over and help both days. For these details please contact Shelley Bain at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For those who are able to join us, this is how the days work:

  • 08h00 - 09h00 Volunteers arrive, register and get to work
  • 10h00 - 11h00 Busses arrive, orphan registration and collection of school reports
  • 11h00 - 12h30 The meaning of Christmas and entertainment
  • 12h30 - 14h30 Handing out of food and presents
  • 14h30 - 15h00 Busses take orphans home and volunteers clean up and prepare for the next day.

Here is the list of what is still urgently needed:

  • 7000 Vienna sausages
  • Tomato sauce for 7000 hot dogs
  • 3500 cool drinks
  • 3500 Party packs!! - Party packs include chips, fizzer, sucker and sweeties.
  • Toilet hire - R3 500
  • Stationary for 2013 for 1800 orphans
  • Sound system for new Crisis Support Centre - R3 000
  • 250 chairs for new Crisis Support Centre - R19 380

These are the amount of presents that are needed:

Ages  Boys  Girls 
1-6 150 150
7-14 725 725
15+ 550 550
Grandmothers/Carers  650

Especially soccer balls, but deodorant too are like gold to our boys and our teenage girls love toiletries and nail polish. Please mark all gifts with sex of child and age for easy sorting.

If you don't have time to shop and would rather like to contribute to helping us buy these items, please reference your donation 'Christmas Party' so we can clearly direct your very precious funds:

  • First National Bank

  • Empangeni

  • 8 Smith Street 

  • Izulu Orphan Projects
Cheque Account (Non-Profit)

  • Account No: 62094657908
Branch: 220130
BIC/Swift address: FIRNZAJJXXX

Please know that any left-over funds go directly to buying the hundreds of uniforms needed in January 2013.

Anyone wanting to donate from Durban, please call my mother, Heather Ellens, on 031-207 4958 or 082 779 3443 as she acts as our Durban storehouse manager. Love my mom :-)

Please don't hesitate to contact me on the number below with any further enquiries. Alternatively you can call the office on 084 600 9947.

Thank-you so much for your time and priceless help. We are so grateful to even be able to message you all. With the ever-growing number of orphans in our country, it is such a privilege to be able to learn ways and to get the help we need to be able to keep up with providing the love and support these desperate and deserted children need.

Bless all of you over this wonderful Christmas season of family and fun.

Warmest regards

Kate Bain
Mobile: +27 83 649 9990