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EVERYONE HAS STRENGTH
& POTENTIAL

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TO LOVE IS TO SERVE

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EXCELLENCE

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TRUTH TELLING

HOPE SPREADING

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TRUTH TELLING

HOPE SPREADING

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WHAT OUR HEART IS SET ON ACHIEVING

The mission of Khanyisa Centre is to uncover our children’s potential every day.

We believe that all children have strengths and potential, and we are passionate about uncovering this potential.

Every child also has the ability to learn and excel if they are provided with appropriate learning opportunities.

Imagine if Durban became the epicentre for the country of unlocking the potential of people who have special needs.

Imagine a city where people who are termed “disabled” are contributing members of families, who can love and be loved, and fulfil responsibilities.

Imagine a city where people who are termed “different” are dynamic members of society in the business arena, in the music industry, in arts and culture, in medical and educational fields.  People who have purpose, and who make a lasting impact in their environments.

SMALL BEGINNINGS

We officially opened as Khanyisa School and Therapy Centre in January 2013 with 4 staff, and 7 students.  Today we have grown into a holistic developmental centre for children with special needs, with over 22 staff members serving 36 students.

OUR STORY
(WITH ALL THE FRILLS AND FUSS)

Khanyisa Centre originally began as a Therapy Centre for children with special needs between the ages of 3-12 years in 2011, under the name I Can!. It was from here that the vision for an intensive school environment was birthed and developed. Within just 3 short years of having opened, Khanyisa Centre now welcomes over 40 students to school every day, who receive intervention from our professional team of over 25 full time staff members.

Our story really started in 2009, when a local family received funding from a generous corporate to visit a specialised therapy centre in Israel with their son who has down syndrome and his facilitator. The family came home inspired by all the progress their son had made over their month long visit, and envisioned that such a centre was exactly what Durban needed to serve other families and children with special needs. Within a few months of their returning home in early 2010, ICAN! opened in Musgrave, and offered integrated block therapy to children with special needs.

Over the next 18 months ICAN!’s clientele grew steadily as they witnessed the children flourishing with such intensive input. During this time, many of the children who attended the therapy centre were making great progress, but their parents were finding it increasingly difficult to continue this progress in the child’s school environment. Combined with this, many of the parents were experiencing increasing difficulty getting and/or keeping their children in school.

As a team of just 4 staff members we sat down and dreamed of what the ultimate school for children with special needs could look like. Moments after we had finished dreaming up this school together a mom with a desperate look in her eyes, walked in to our reception area and said ‘I heard you’re starting a school for children with disabilities, where can I sign my daughter up’. Thus started the journey that would not only change her daughter’s life, but the lives of hundreds of children with special needs in the years to come.

On January 20th, 2013, only three months from the day we had begun to dream of the ultimate centre and school for children with special needs, Khanyisa Centre opened its doors. A local church had heard of the need for a premises to house this new vision, and they graciously offered a house that was converted into a make shift school using furniture to suffice as our classroom division’s.

Within nine months our student enrolment had almost tripled, and we were bursting from the seams of the house we were operating from. This proved to be an early forecast of the things to come for Khanyisa, as the staff numbers and student numbers continued to grow rapidly.

Today Khanyisa Centre continues to serve the community with excellence and passion, and we know that this is only the beginning. The future is bright for children with special needs, and we are grateful for the daily journey of partnering together with families and our community as we pioneer a new way.

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT

Please join us in creating a brighter future for children with special needs, and donate now to one of our effective programmes.

OUR SERVICES

WE DO SCHOOL

We have established a trans-disciplinary centre that successfully integrates therapy goals and independence into class…

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WE DO THERAPY

Khanyisa offers our therapy centre services to children who require therapy intervention but who are already…

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WE DO TRAINING

Khanyisa offers training for
teachers,
facilitators and
parents…

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WE DO SUPPORT

Khanyisa offers support and counselling to families who are on a journey with an individual who has special needs…

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Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no-one alive who is you-er than you!

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You is smart. You is kind. You is important.
Abilene Clark – The Help

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WHAT OUR HEART IS SET ON ACHIEVING

The mission of Khanyisa Centre is to uncover our children’s potential every day.

We believe that all children have strengths and potential, and we are passionate about uncovering this potential.

Every child also has the ability to learn and excel if they are provided with appropriate learning opportunities.

LATEST NEWS

Thank you to all the Friends of Khanyisa who helped to make the Barnyard Fundraising event such a success!

Please remember school opens Monday 18th July

We believe tomorrow will be brighter for children with special needs! But we need YOU with us!
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CONTACT US

T: 031 561 1863

E: admin@khanyisacentre.co.za

Address: 

Harrier Crescent
Umhlanga
Durban
Kwazulu Natal
South Africa

OPENING TIMES

MONDAY – FRIDAY
7AM – 2PM

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