Ikageng is an NGO, founded by Carol Dyantyi in 2003 when she started caring for two children in her
neighbourhood who had lost their parents to HIV/AIDS. Experiencing the disbelief of living with the community
that shuns children because of the status and suffering, and when more children came to her for help, she started
urging companies for assistance in caring for children in deep need of help.
The project, Ikageng Itireleng, is a community outreach project which currently serves more than 1300 Orphaned
and Vulnerable Children (OVC). The number of orphans cared for has increased rapidly since 2004. Most of the
children have been witnessed as Child-Headed Households (CHH) of which one child in an average of six children
per household is forced by circumstances to meet the needs of the younger siblings or assume the role of a
parent. Others have either a terminally ill parent or no parents at all while some survive with their grandparents
who hardly have enough on their social grants to maintain the numerous needs of their grandparents.