A desperately-needed child development centre is planned for the community of Finsantekraal on the outskirts of Durbanville that promises to transform the lives of the orphan and vulnerable children of this poor area.
The Father’s Heart Community Development (FHCD) is a care organisation that works with disadvantaged children and their families to help build strong, stable communities within which they can thrive – breaking the cycle of poverty and hopelessness. They also address the scourge of fatherlessness plaguing SA and support and protect the most vulnerable in the community.
The Fathers Heart has been working in the community of Fisantekraal since early 2019 from leased premises where they run after school programs, talent development interventions and parent workshops – as well as utilizing it as a safe space for social workers to engage with the community.
However, the current premises are small and lack necessary infrastructure and resources – this has severely constrained the number of children they can assist and as a result the organisation must often turn children away from their door.
But the solution is within hand. Just over 6000 square meters of land in the heart of Fisantekraal has been made available to The Fathers Heart to purchase for the price of R500 000. “On this land we will build a multi-purpose community centre which will serve as a beacon of hope and the heartbeat from where we restore, transform and develop the lives of hundreds more children and their guardians,” says CEO and Co- Founder, Jill Carolissen. “The community centre at Fisantekraal will include a school, training facilities for the youth, a creche and sports field.”
Brights Hardware, a family-owned chain of hardware stores, has committed their support towards part of the cost of purchasing the land and when the building project begins, with the supply of building materials.
However, a large portion of the funds for the cost of the land itself are still required and to address this The Fathers Heart has launched a fundraising campaign to help reach their R500 000 target.
“Fathers Heart has launched a “Buy a Brick” competition where if you purchase a brick at the cost of R200 each, your name will be entered into a draw to win fabulous, sponsored prizes,” explains Nita Luis, founder of Brights Hardware. “The first prize is an Apple Watch, second prize is R5000 cash and the third prize is R2500 cash. One brick equals one entry, and you can enter as many times as you would like. The live draw will take place on the 22 December 2020.”
Mrs Luis explains that Brights decided to assist Fathers Heart as it is an exceptional organisation doing essential work in the marginalised communities of Cape Town.
“During 2020 we were considering how we would celebrate Brights’ 50th (Jubilee) birthday in 2021. There are so many worthwhile organizations, doing wonderful community work, but when we saw the vision of The Father’s Heart in Fisantekraal, we knew that it aligned perfectly with our own.”
“Brights’ mission is to glorify God as good stewards of everything that has been entrusted to us,” says Mrs. Luis. “Our Directors and staff work together to support and build-up the future generations, enhancing the quality of life for our employees and our communities, thus maintaining our motto that “Brights is more than just a hardware store”.
“We are all responsible for the wellbeing of the next generation and to make this world a better place for everyone. Brights believes that an essential way forward is to create facilities where the children and youth can discover their self-worth and develop their God given talent – such as that planned by The Fathers Heart in Fisantekraal.
We encourage everyone to join us in supporting this amazing project and are urging people to please “buy a brick” this December for just R200 and give the gift of a brighter future to the thousands of orphaned and vulnerable children of Fisantekraal.”
To find out more about The Fathers Heart, this initiative, and how to purchase a brick visit the Fathers Heart website at www.thefathersheart.org.za.