A home where orphans and vulnerable children are blessed with possibilities. With a caring, protective and nurturing childhood where they can thrive.
Our vision: to provide a turning point opportunity of personal and individualised nurturing care for orphaned and vulnerable children.
“Train up a child in the way they should go, and when they are old, they will not depart from it.”
“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old, they will not turn from it.”
“Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
At Hearts of Hope, this means a focus on self-worth, their role in society, developing good morals and ethics within each child.
Our care of the children from a physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional perspective is guided by the following values
Hearts of Hope began as a group of Christian volunteers volunteering at a children’s home in Johannesburg city centre in 1997. By the year 2000, South Africa was confronted by an HIV crisis in South Africa and by 2003, the pandemic was at almost intolerable levels. Whilst volunteering at the children’s home, what became increasingly evident was the negative impact on the children of institutional care; as well as the lack of personal identity in terms of care, clothing, physical needs and emotional development.
Many of the children that we were visiting on a weekly basis, were dying of HIV/AIDs as there was no access to treatment. This was a devastating situation, and led us to conclude the following:
• we could no longer do nothing;
• and what we were doing presently wasn’t enough
Hearts of Hope was thus established as an ecumenical organisation in 2003 with the goal of purchasing a home for 6 orphaned and abandoned children, providing 24 hour personal care in a Christian home environment with the help of a dedicated house mom. ARV’s at that time were costing R2400 per month per child and whilst we couldn’t afford funding for a large institution, we could fundraise for treatment for fewer children. In faith, we purchased a house in Wendywood, Johannesburg, South Africa and began our Hearts of Hope journey. We now have four properties in the Wendywood area.
Having started with 6 children, we now care for 52 children at any one time. Since 2003, over 260 children have lived in the home. The last 4 years have seen 16 – 20 children leave annually to be reunited with family or to be adopted.
We have four properties in Johannesburg which are divided into 9 homes of 4 – 7 children where babies and children are cared for by housemothers. Our priority is that the children are placed in a home environment where they can grow up protected and cared for.
We provide a ‘turning point’ in their lives through the following programmes:
The provision of over 75 000 meals on an annual basis to ensure a balanced diet and meeting of the specialised dietary needs of chronic medical conditions.
The children are provided with the best possible education interventions that sets them on their future path. We have an on-site early childhood development (ECD) centre where the young children from 18 months receive trauma informed education which is grounded in the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy.
The children are provided with the best possible education interventions that sets them on their future path. The older children attend the local government primary school and in the afternoons are provided with extra lessons, homework and project assistance.
Each child has access to therapeutic care in the form of play therapy, occupational therapy and counselling. Daily monitoring and partnerships with medical professionals ensures the health of each child.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership.
They recognise that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.
Hearts of Hope hopes to achieve and work towards the below goals:
There is a burning need for faster progress, more action and better implementation. The future belongs to all of us and it is up to all South Africans to make it work. The approach of the plan revolves around citizens being active in development, a capable and developmental state able to intervene to correct our historical inequities, and strong leadership throughout society working together to solve our problems. The plan addresses the need to enhance the capabilities of our people so that they can live the lives that they desire; and to develop the capabilities of the country so that we can grow faster, draw more people into work and raise living standards for all, but particularly the poor. This is a plan for South Africa, requiring action, change and sacrifice from all sectors of society.