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

Hi everyone

URGENT: 500 volunteers needed on the 8th & 9th December to help give our 3500 orphans the best day of their lives! Please see details at end.

It is with great excitement that my dedicated team and I share with you our achievements for 2012 thus far:

Orphan Support:

Supporting 1460 children in 621 families
We were able to buy uniforms for 381 orphans. No uniform – No school!!
Paid school fees for 230 orphans attending non “No Fees” schools
Feeding 300 of our poorest families per month
Distributed 1000 blankets along with all other donations';
Monthly church services held for the families;


Built 3 houses
Built 2 day-care centres
Renovated 2 day-care centres;
In the process of building our 1st Crisis Support Centre in the community
Obtained the 40-year lease for our 2nd Crisis Support Centre which has some amazing existing buildings!

Community Support:

Trained, equipped and mentoring 26 day cares and their teachers in Early Childhood Development.
Our 9 health works have tested and counselling hundreds of people in their homes for HIV, Diabetes and high blood pressure.
Distributed 7 wheelchairs to those in need.

Thank-you to our 2012 fantastic support base:
Spar group; Msizi Africa; Horizon International; Bell Equipment; Round Table; Tangawizi Motors; NCT Forestry; Rotary International; Container Ministries at Grace Family Church; Empangeni Milling; Zonke Monitoring Systems; Foskor; Victory Family Church; Christian Family Fellowship; Zululand Vet; LR Geared Motors; CEB Maintenance; RBCT; SAB; Methodist Home Group; ECL Services Africa; Malizo; de Ponte Transport; Roadmaster; Tomoc Engineering; Umfolozi Casino; DG Murray Trust & many faithful individuals and families…

Please know how very grateful we are as without you, these thousands of orphans would be absolutely desolate. We are very much focused on taking what we have learnt here and replicating throughout South Africa to reach the millions of other orphans who are not getting the help they need.

NB: Annual Orphan Christmas Party
The most exciting time of the year for our orphans is approaching and we desperately needing everyone. This is most definitely the highlight of the year for everyone involved and this year it will be bigger then ever.

Our Annual Orphan Christmas Party will be held on the 8th and 9th December 2012. We will be catering for 3500 orphans and Gogos who will be divided up over 3 parties. On the 8th December there will be 2 parties at once, each with 1150 people attending. The scary thing is that means we need DOUBLE THE AMOUNT OF VOLUNTEERS then ever before! And especially everyone who has helped out before and who has an idea of how the day works.

These are huge events to pull off and so much admin happens in the background during these parties, which is crucial to the success of us being able to support and take on even more orphans in 2013. We need as many hands as we can get so please bring everyone you know. On the 8th December we will need 500 volunteers, and we will need 250 on the 9th December – CALLING ONE AND ALL!!

The day of the party is as follows:
08h00 - 09h00 Volunteers arrive and register and get to work
10h00 - 11h00 Busses arrive and orphan registration
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.
We like to give every child a Christmas present, as this is the only one that most of them will receive. We also like to spoil the grandmothers, Gogos, who are the champions in caring for this orphaned generation, their grandchildren. These are the following age groups and the amount of gifts that are needed:

Ages Boys Girls
1-6 150 150
7-14 725 725
15+ 550 550
Gogos 650

We like to give every child and Gogo a meal and a party pack. That means we will need:

  • 7000 hotdog rolls
  • 7000 Vienna sausages
  • Tomato sauce
  • 3500 cool drinks
  • 3500 Party packs!! - Party packs include chips, fizzer, sucker and sweeties.
  • An absolute necessity are the busses to collect all the orphans and their old Gogos from the surrounding communities as we cover 1200 square kilometres, which is too far for most to walk. We will need 8 busses on Saturday and 5 on Sunday. The total for this will be R 39 000.
  • The other important items are the Non-Flush portable toilets. We will need for both venues this year, which will be 13 toilets in all. This will be R 3500.
  • 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 J!
  • This is our only fundraiser of the year and the left over funds raised are what we use to buy the uniforms for our orphans in January.

Here are our banking details:

  • First National Bank
, 8 Smith Street
Izulu Orphan Projects
Cheque Account (Non-Profit)

  • Account No: 62094657908

  • Branch: 220130
  • BIC/Swift address: FIRNZAJJXXX

Please call with any enquiries on either my number – 083 649 9990 or the office on 084 600 9947. We seriously need all the hands we can get at these parties, please pass on this email to anyone you know who might be interested to help. Tell them that everyone who comes to these parties have their hearts changed for life! It is the ultimate joy to see all these children, and gogos, having the absolute time of their lives!
Thanks so much to everyone for all the incredible support over the years and for helping us change the lives of thousands of orphans.
Bless you all.
Kate Bain
Mobile: +27 83 649 9990

Hello to all of you

We really want to thank everyone as there are so many of you, for helping us pull off such successful orphan Christmas parties. Our children and carers were so spoilt, taking home as much as they could carry. Our children were not only given the much loved presents, but they got school bags full of stationary, food, chips, party packs and juices. The delight on everyone's faces was earth moving and the atmosphere at these parties was of joy, peace and blessings.

This year has started with a such huge accomplishments already. In the month of January we took on another 174 orphans in 108 families. Our numbers are now up to 1399 orphans in a total of 620 families. We have just ordered uniforms for 335 of our most desperate orphans. We have built a house for a family living in a complete dilapidation. We are now just finishing off the outside plastering. In January we fed 260 families. With our category 1families, being the most desperate, increasing to 303, we are hoping to be able to supply more food parcels from February.

We have run a weeks Early Childhood Development course for our local rural daycares where we have trained 19 teachers from 17 daycares . Thanks to Bell Equipment, we were able to supply all of them with the educational toys needed to teach their little children. We are able to work along side these daycares to continue mentoring and encouraging them. We have just started our next course for 30 more teachers from further up the Kwa-Zulu Natal Coast. These are the first of the many daycares around us that we plan on impacting this year. We have learnt that educating these children has to start from as young as possible!

We are planning many more projects this year to change the fate of our orphans. One of our main projects is to build our first satellite Crisis Support Centre in one of our surrounding communities as we are using it for one of the venues for our annual orphan Christmas parties at the end of the year. Our orphan Christmas parties are already set for the 8th and 9th December, so start diarising! Our numbers have just increased so we need every pair of hands possible :-)!

We are partnering with a few Non-Profit organisations to develop upon the computer systems we have built over the years. We need to teach and equip other Non-proftis to reach the many more millions of orphans that need help. The statistics in South Africa are that only 10% of our orphans in this country are getting the help they need to become responsible self-sufficient adults, avoiding crime and rather adding value to society. Once we have got this right in South Africa, the vision is in time to move across the continent. All glory to our Awesome Almighty God!

Please know that you have an open invitation to come and volunteer anytime. Always fun to get your hands dirty. It takes all of us to change the world! :-)

Kind regards
Kate Bain