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Charity profile

Our primary and guiding mandate is to give orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children an opportunity for a  childhood and life.

Vulnerable and orphaned children who are in need of care and protection, are provided with a turning point opportunity of personal and individualised nurturing care in a safe and stable home environment that enables them to have a childhood, thrive and be educate; building their resilience and life skills within a forever home and towards an independent future.

To provide a transitional solution for orphaned and vulnerable children enabling the reunification back to their own biological families or the adoption into new forever families.


We care for 43 babies and children: each home has 7 children and a house mother, where the children are safe, emotionally secure and ‘given back’ their childhood:

Nutritional, medical and health care: partnerships with medical professionals and tracking of the ‘Road to Health’ card ensures that the health of each child is monitored and ameliorated where necessary
Remedial and developmental interventions: each child has access to therapeutic care in the forms of play therapy, extra lessons and homework assistance, psychological care
ECD: the on-site early education centre is responsible for early intervention programmes providing the vital foundational skills needed for the children when they later attend off-site primary and secondary schools


Hearts of Hope has been in operation since 2003, having begun as a group of volunteers in 1997. We pride ourselves in our strong governance procedures and operating systems.  Our core project is our children’s home in Wendywood, Johannesburg. Having opened with 6 children, we now care for 43 children at any one time.

Since 2003, over 180 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. 

Meeting the needs of BBBEE legislation
As a non profit organization, where 100% of our beneficiaries are Black African children, Hearts
of Hope qualifies in terms of Socio-Economic Development. Our subsidiary organisation, our Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre – Wendywood Development Centre - qualifies in terms of Enterprise Development