About Us

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

Ingane Yami Children’s Village is a permanent, loving home for orphaned and vulnerable children. The Village is based in the Shongweni Valley in Kwa-Zulu Natal and consists of individual homes, with each home comprising of a carefully selected foster mom and six children. The families are supported holistically by an on-site Village Pastor, qualified teachers and a committed support team who come alongside the moms to ensure the emotional, educational, physical and spiritual needs of each child are met.

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

It’s all about Rewriting Stories!

Our Story

Our story was birthed from the heart of Open Skies Church (formerly Kloof Harvest Church) Senior Pastors Roger and Yvonne Greig, who, in 2007, 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!?” The answer came later that year when God connected her with the Watoto Children’s Village in Uganda; which now serves as the basis of our Children’s Village model.

Ingane Yami is a permanent, loving home. We believe there is no substitution for the love of God and the nurture of a mother; and these children deserve to grow up knowing what that is. That is why our Village consists of individual homes; each belonging to a carefully selected foster mother and six children. The families are supported holistically by an on-site Village Pastor, qualified teachers and a committed support team who come alongside the moms to ensure the emotional, educational, physical and spiritual needs of each child are met.

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 (2019) we have five homes with 18 children in our first “cluster” (group of 5) of homes.

Top-quality education is provided at our on-site Ingane Yami School, which has classrooms for all children Grade R – Grade 6. The plan is to grow this school as our children grow. We also have a play school facility for our younger children, where they learn through play for a few hours every morning.
We have an Astro-turf and a school field, which provides an opportunity for our children to learn how to play soccer, hockey, netball, cricket and tennis! And a resource center which is used for educational play, homework club and mom’s training/ devotions throughout the week.

At the entrance to the Village is a Community Center, which is really our open door into the greater Dassenhoek Community. The Center is used by Open Skies Giba Church on Sunday as well as a Youth group on Friday nights; and is used as a venue for outreach classes such as entrepreneurship training, cooking classes, dance classes etc. throughout the year.

We have an office on-site, where our Village Manager, Marketing Manager and Social Workers work out of. As well as accommodation for 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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