Dear friends, colleagues and communities.

After 12 years experience of direct programme delivery, Hearts of Men (HOM) has taken a strategic decision to shift its core focus, from programme delivery to training & resource development, during 2014.

Having to manage diverse delivery contracts, with a large staff team working in several different locations, has left HOM with little to no time for publishing resources, developing training courses & materials, and undertaking research.

Since HOM has now completed a four-year programme delivery contract with the Western Cape Department of Social Development (DOSD), the board of HOM has decided it is imperative to share the organization’s learning and experience, in order to support others who does similar work. This will be done, by reducing programme delivery, and by putting staff time & energy into resources and training.

We will thus be closing our Strand office, and moving to a more central location. Our medium to long-term aim is to open a HOM Institute for training, research & development.

The core focus areas for HOM in 2014 will be:

1) Publications & resources;

2) Training course development;

3) Locating strategic training, research & resource partners;

4) Fundraising for the HOM Training Institute.


HOM would like to thank the Western Cape Office of the Department of Social Development, for our four years of partnership in developing & delivering the Fatherhood Mentoring Programme, which concluded at the end March 2014.

HOM would like to thank all the communities that hosted the Fatherhood Programme: Graham Beck Farms, Robertson, Sir Lowry’s Pass, Grabouw, Vyeboom farming community, Villiersdorp, Aston, Bonnievale, Eerste River and Macassar. We want to express our sincere appreciation for the many volunteers that contributed to this community development initiative.

HOM would also like to acknowledge the contribution of all staff members to the development of the Fatherhood initiative. As we come to the end of this DOSD funded contract, we wish those staff members who are moving on, all the very best.

Staff, Volunteers & Board members at the time of transition:

Marilyn Kruger our Social Worker and Fatherhood Programme Manager, has enrolled for her Masters degree at UWC. We wish her well.

Jason Carew, our Finance & Strand Office Manager, will be taking up a new full time position and we also wish him all the best.

Solomon Marlow, our Programme Facilitator, will hopefully be taking up a full time position with Graham Beck Farms and relocating with his family to Robertson. We wish Solly and his family all the very best with this move, and look forward to his ongoing participation in the HOM Robertson Food Basket for Africa programme.

We would also like to wish our current HOM Management Board Chair Fairoza Brey, all the best as she begins her Doctoral studies at UWC.

We would like to wish our current HOM Management Board Treasurer Hilaire Akollo, all the best with the completion of his MBA at the UCT Graduate School of Business, as well as in the establishment of his new business.

We wish our founder members Nic Fine (Board Secretary) & Des van Niekerk (HOM Director) well this year, as they complete their writing of the HOM book “In the hearts of men”, which describes our approach & methodology.

We wish Richard Kloosman well in his new position as the HOM Administrator, as we move into this new phase of our development.

We would like to thank Cheslyn Kemp for his contribution as Logistics & Maintenance Coordinator for our Strand office. Your role as medic on our camps will always be appreciated!

To John Pietersen, we have always seen you as an elder in the team and as a pillar. All the best for what lies ahead in Aston, we know you will be successful.

To Nico Beukes, your professionalism and commitment on camps and in sessions will always be remembered and admired. We wish you all the best for your community work.

Last but not least, to all past staff and volunteers. You all left a mark and gave a contribution to men’s work. We wish you all the best in your different endeavours!

The Board of Hearts of Men.

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