Meet the Founders

The Carolissens

Hi, we’re the Carolissens. We are a tight knit family, who love God & love people (especially little people!) As a family, we have a passion for orphan & vulnerable children & truly believe in the transformative & restorative power of loving & caring for those, who through circumstances, deem themselves “unlovable”. We live by “Every child is ONE caring adult away from being a success story – Josh Shipp” & so we aim to be that “one” to as many children as possible

Vision

The Fathers Heart Community Developments vision is to transform the life of every orphan and vulnerable child, by re-establishing their God-given identity and purpose; restoring healthy, loving family environments thereby building strong, stable communities within which they can thrive.

Mission

The Fathers Heart Community Developments mission is to provide the necessary physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual resources to orphans and vulnerable children to enable them to break the cycle of poverty, inequality and hopelessness. Address the scourge of fatherlessness in a 3-fold system: (1) Train and equip fathers to embrace their God given identity in order to restore families and communities. (2) Provide positive role models and healthy father figures for OVC where none exist (3) Train up the next generation of engaged, responsible fathers and mothers. Build relationships of trust and cooperation between government, business, civil society and faith-based organisations to work together in order to bring lasting social change.

Values

Excellence

We do everything in excellence.

Transparency

We consistently seek to communicate information and exchange ideas and thoughts which builds trust

Love

Through serving passionately & selflessly

Equality

Celebrating individuality & working tirelessly to ensure everyone has access to resources

Our Model

All parents/guardians must be adequately enabled and equipped to care for their children. As a result, we invest in the personal growth and development of parents through life-skills training, parenting workshops, emotional and spiritual counselling and skills development. Due to the high rates of fatherlessness ravaging our country, a significant percent of our efforts focuses on fathers. We address the root cause of abandonment and intentionally provide interventions and initiate the process required for them to find restoration, to enable them to take up their crucial role within the family. We also assist them to embrace their God given identity in order to strengthen responsible fatherhood to restore the family.

We provide access to resources and opportunities for orphans and vulnerable children in their communities. After school programs provide adequate nutrition, additional educational support (particularly in maths and literacy skills) as well as talent development through arts and crafts, music, dance and theatre, IT skills (coding, gaming & robotics) and sport (soccer, netball, basketball, athletics and  table tennis) for all children between the ages of 3 and 18. We also provide access to psychological, emotional and spiritual interventions to ensure the children become healthy, contributing members of society and strong, stable and loving parents.

Early childhood development is critical for children to reach their full potential and is a top priority among various measures to improve the quality and long-term prospects of future generations.  We collaborate and partner with the many ECD’s in the community to provide safe, conducive-for- learning environments as well as materials, essential for early childhood development. We also provide teacher mentoring and training including ongoing support – particularly in areas of school readiness and behavioural management. We provide technical and admin support to help ECD’s become compliant, thereby ensuring adequate home based and centre based ECD’s for our children. Our afterschool programs provide homework support as well as focusing on maths and literacy skills.

There are approximately 5.2 million orphans currently living in South Africa – 90% of whom are cared for by aunts/grandmothers or women in the communities.  These guardians are barely able to care for themselves, let alone the orphans in their care.  Our ‘Foster Family Program’ provides mechanisms to support and empower foster families through emotional, psychological and physical interventions for the guardian. We also provide practical assistance with the raising of the children in their care, financial support through  job creation, housing support, (provide proper, stable, furnished housing for the foster families) who lack adequate housing so as to enhance their quality of life and facilitate access to government services and support groups

Skills development training and the creation of on-site social enterprise development will be targeted at youth and low skilled unemployed adults. We run community-based programmes which offer life-skills and entrepreneurship training as well as opportunities to participate in community development programmes. All our programs and job creation initiatives are specifically designed to enable the youth to more adequately respond to the challenges and changes of living in the 21 Century. We also provide innovative learning opportunities so they can transition from relying on the state to self-reliance. This initiative enhances the overall sustainability of the model as well as the organisation. We believe promoting a culture of lifelong learning, continuous professional development and the broadening of knowledge and innovation are central to building the capabilities of individuals and society.

Because we are intentional about every intervention and program we manage and want to ensure maximum impact, prompt identification of shortcomings and accurate reporting to donors, we will utilise a mobile phone application (App), called “OVC Measure”, to monitor and evaluate our success in the community. This App allows us to collect both quantitative and qualitative data through various assessments completed by our OVC’s. This process enables our management team and stakeholders to track different well-being assessments of beneficiaries to ensure accurate and transparent reporting.