Good Day, friends of IOP
So many great things have been happening at IOP over the past several weeks.

  • Water, water! Distributed fifty water carriers to our most impoverished families thanks to Round Table Empangeni 61 and their friends, and bought a much-needed vehicle-mounted water pump thanks to kind donors who heeded our call for assistance.
  • Learning Centre: The Rotary International Learning Centre at our Nqgamuzane Support Centre is coming to life, and our first computer course took place last week. 
  • Building: Thanks to blessings from the Lindsay-Rae family and Bess Graham World Ministries, we completed the construction of two new homes for families who had been living in inhumane conditions. There was much celebration as they enjoy sleeping under a safe roof. 

Drum roll pleasel……. It’s Christmas party time!

It’s only six weeks until our Annual Orphan Christmas party. Calling everyone of all ages to come and be a part of this life-changing day!

Please watch the video below from last year.

Rather than hosting the party over two days, we are streamlining the programme in order to turn it into a one-day event on Saturday 13th December only. We need as many volunteers as possible as we are running two parties at two venues, concurrently.  All ages are welcome, there are many tasks from data capturing, present sorting and face painting, to being a ‘bouncer’ or a hot dog maker.
We need all the help we can get, as our programmes for 2015 rely on this event being successful.


These are our top priorities

  • Food for the day: We need to provide 5 000 rolls, 5 000 sausages and 2 500 juice boxes.
  • Party packs: 2 000 party packs filled with sweets, chips, buscuits and suckers.
  • Gifts for giving: We have 500 teenage boys and 500 teenage girls to provide gifts for. Also, we love to bless our Gogos and carers. There are 600 expected at the event.
  • Transport: Rented buses last year saw us transport our community members to the two support centres. This year we need to hire nineteen, at a cost of R41 400.00.
  • Sanitation: Portable toilet hire, at a cost of R3 050.00
  • Stationary: Stationary packs and school bags for 1200 orphans for 2015 school year. The festive season fundraising drive supports our most desperate orphans financially as they register and prepare for the 2015 school year.

For anyone wanting to help in Durban, please contact: Heather Ellens on (031) 207 4958 or 082 779 3443.
If you are traveling from far to come help, and you require accommodation, please contact Shelley Bain on 082 808 4424:
We can’t wait to hear from you, and to have you with us on the day!

Please email me should you be interested in coming on board for this super event. Alternatively you can contact either myself or Laurie on the details provided below.

God Bless!


We would like to thank you in advance for considering being a part of this event, which blesses the poorest of the poor each year, and remains a highlight on the Zululand calendar each festive season. With this festive season fundraising drive we will  purchase uniforms for over 500 of our most desperate orphans to enable them to attend school in 2015. 

Banking details

First National Bank Empangeni
Account Name: Izulu Orphan Projects
Cheque Account (Non-Profit) number: 62094657908
Branch Code: 220130 BIC/Swift address: FIRNZAJJXXX
Kate Bain -
Mobile: +27 83 649 9990
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Laurie Smith - Fundraising
Mobile: +27 78 222 3858

Good Day, friends of IOP!
It is time to start preparing for our next massive Annual Orphan Christmas Party which is set to take place on the weekend of 13 and 14 December. Please book your dairies, we need as many hands as we can get on these days!
We will be hosting around 3000 orphans and their carers over two days at our support centres at Bainage and Ngqamuzane, just outside Empangeni. Understandably, this is a mammoth undertaking that involves re-registering each oprhans’ school report from 2014, as well as providing entertainment, meal, treats and a Christmas present for each orphan and carer.
There are several ways in which you can assist this year – please see our needs list below and contact us should you be interested in coming on board for this amazing life-changing event. Financial support would also be greatly appreciated – our banking details will appear below and should you wish you donation to be Christmas party-specific, please use ‘2014 party’ as your reference.
We are able to collect presents and food donations in Durban too. Please call us and we can make arrangements.

Needs list

  • 3000 Lunch packs. This contains two hot dogs and a cold drin. Could your company or organization sponsor the bread rolls, sausages, tomato sauce or juice for packs?
  • 3000 Party packs – our orphans favourite of course! Each pack should have a packet of chips, a fizzer, sucker and some sweeties.
  • Christmas presents – a toy for each orphan. The most popular items are soccer/netball balls for all ages.  The high school children love cosmetics, a very rare treat.
  • Granny treats – these items are handed to the caregiver in each home. These amazing women, usually elderly, take care of orphaned children. We love to bless them with a special item such as a head scarf , umbrella, or toiletries – things that we take for granted but that are not within their means to buy.
  • Transport funds. IOP’s area of support covers 1200 km2. Many families live too far away to walk. We will hire buses at a cost of R41 400.
  • Volunteer your time! Can your youth group or school class spend the day painting faces, or handing our balloons or treats? This has always been an excellent team building activity for companies. We would love to have you! Please contact our office should you be able to volunteer your time.
  • Can’t make the party, or donate material goods? Please consider a donation to IOP, which will be used to buy the school uniforms for our most desperate orphans in January 2015. This year we were able to buy uniforms for 465 children!

We would like to thank you in advance for considering being a part of this event – one which blesses the poorest of the poor each year, and remains a highlight on the Zululand calendar each festive season.
Please check out for accomodation if needed.
We can’t wait to hear from you!

God Bless!


Hello, friends of IOP,

Wow! It’s been a busy few months for the amazing team at Izulu Orphan Projects.

We hosted several dynamic company groups for Madiba Day 2014, continue to build our much-needed crisis centre, installed computers and learning equipment in the Rotary Learning Centre, and our feeding programme continues to nourish young children from throughout our area.

Looking forward - We have the date of our first official IOP Sponsored Golf Day. Please join us on Saturday, 24 September at the Empangeni Country Club, where we will be hosting businesses on greens and t-boxes as they cheer on local golfers. We don’t want to give too much away, but it looks like there are going to be fantastic prizes!

We are starting to collect toys, food and funds for our annual Orphans Christmas Party, which will take place on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 December this year. As always, we need massive support to pull this off, so please contact our offices if you can assist in any way. 

Funds are scarce at the moment, and the timing couldn’t be better for us to implement our easy debit order authorisation system, which is now fully operational. Please urgently contact Laurie on 078 222 3858 if you would like to complete an instruction form allowing a monthly debit of as little as R50 to support our programme. Without your compassion and support, we are unable to continue with the daily operations that support over 700 families in need. 

Here’s a small insight into what we have been getting up to lately – enjoy!

God Bless!




The Hastings Boys High School rugby team from New Zealand painted our Ngqamuzane Crisis Centre. It’s now looking super. If anyone is able to assist with funds or furnishings for the building – which will be a place of safety for victims of abuse, violence or abandonment – please contact Laurie on 078 222 3858.


The dynamic team from Nashua Zululand treated our orphans to a party and cake, after which they handed out toys to the delighted youngsters.

power-sparLunch is served!

The Power Spar team arrived bright and early on Madiba Day to deliver over 120 lunch packs, which were used to feed and hydrate the rural soccer players taking part in our Woza Soccer coaching clinic. We are continually humbled by their support.

LaurieWelcome to the team!

We have grown to such an extent that we have employed a full time Marketing & Fundraising officer.

Please contact Laurie Smith on 078 222 3858.