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Ikageng Itireleng – Carol Dyantyi

Carol Dyantyi changes lives –

She is the founder of Ikageng Itireleng Ministries in Soweto and has made it her life’s mission to help orphaned and other vulnerable children less fortunate than ourselves. I am not sure if she really chose this path herself or if it was chosen for her. It all began a few years ago when she helped some children in her community to raise money for the funeral of their mother that had just passed away. The rest – is history – as they say.

Today Ikageng Itireleng looks after over 2000 orphaned and other vulnerable children and tries to ensure they get a good chance to live a normal life, with a higher goal to develop them into educated, employable adults who could positively contribute to our society!

I met her in June last year through a series of what at that time I thought were random coincidences. She introduced me to some of her kids she has under her care. We got to know each other and of course, eventually it had to end up with me documenting hers and some of the kids’ lives.

This is how it started…

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Carol sitting in front of the offices of Ikageng Itireleng on the grounds of the Peoples Centre in Soweto´s Orlando West…

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Carol lives nearby in Orlando West

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With her children at Ikageng Itireleng after returning from a camp on Mandela Day!

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My sentiments exactly!

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  • […] through every day. Yet, these children have not given up. They push on and, thanks to Ikageng and Mom Carol, they have been given a chance to change the course of their lives. A precious chance to get an […]

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  • […] Ikageng takes care of orphaned and other vulnerable children, so if you are in the programme you have some kind of hardship to deal with. I am aware of that. I know that there are a large number of orphans out there and that they don’t have it easy. I actually take my hat off to them and how they manage to fend for themselves and their siblings. This is why organisations like Ikageng exist, right? It makes sure that they have a roof over their head, get food and can go to school, with uniform; so as long as the organisation has the funds to do this, all is okay, not so? Well, that is what I thought then. […]

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  • Machaka Phatela
    February 8, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    I am one of the Ikageng beneficiaries and I would like to say to Mom Carol, thank you so much for what you have done for me. Today I’m in varsity and its all thanks to Ikageng, I have been under the organisation for 4years.

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    • Nathalie
      February 18, 2012 at 8:00 pm

      Thank you so much for your comment Machaka! I am so happy to read that you are now at varsity. Fantastic! Well done!

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  • […] because Nkosazana is a dear friend of mine. I met her when she was still working side-by-side with Mom Carol at Ikageng. She had asked me years ago already if I could photograph her wedding when the time […]

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  • […] you God, Mom Carol, Nkosazana and all the Ikageng staff!!!” […]

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