About Us

Ingane Yami is an isiZulu word meaning “My Child”.

Ingane Yami Children’s Village is not a children’s orphanage in the traditional sense. Rather, it is a permanent, loving home for orphaned and vulnerable children. The Village is located just outside of Durban, in the Shongweni Valley. Unlike a traditional children’s orphanage, the Village consists of individuals homes. Each home is home to six children and a carefully selected foster mother. Our team includes an on-site Village Pastor, qualified teachers and a committed support team. Everyone works together to ensure each child’s emotional, educational, physical and spiritual needs are met.

Rescue a child. Restore a life. Rebuild a family. Release a leader

It’s all about Rewriting Stories!

Our Story

Our story began in the hearts of Roger and Yvonne Greig, the Senior Pastors of Open Skies Church (formerly Kloof Harvest Church). In 2007, the Greig’s saw first-hand the devastating effects of the HIV/Aids crisis through the life of their domestic worker Jayne. God began to stir in Yvonne’s heart with the resounding question “Yvonne, what about the children!?” Later that year God connected Yvonne with Watoto Children’s Village in Uganda, which now serves as the basis of our Children’s Village model.

We believe there is no substitution for the love of God and the nurture of a mother, and every child deserves to grow up knowing what that is.

At Ingane Yami our children are not just faceless number’s, but they are prized and cherished individuals, who God knows by name.

Progress so far

Currently (2020) we have five homes with 19 children. This makes up our first “cluster” (group of 5) of homes.

Our on-site Ingane Yami School provides top-quality education. Currently we have two classrooms for our children, ranging from Grade R – Grade 4. The plan is to grow this school as our children grow. We also have a creche for our children age 3 – 5.
A beautiful astro-turf and school field provides an opportunity for our children to learn how to play soccer, hockey, netball, cricket and tennis! Homework club, library, computers and mom’s training takes place in our Resource Center.

Our open door into the greater Dassenhoek Community is our Community Center. The Community Center is used by Open Skies Giba Church on Sunday as well as a Youth group on Friday nights. It is also used as a venue for outreach classes such as entrepreneurship training, cooking classes, dance classes etc.

Our Village Manager, Marketing Manager and Social Workers work out of our on-site office. Our sixth home hosts our Village Pastor and his family.

Hear the heart behind Ingane Yami; the stories of rescue that make it all worth it.

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