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Live your values – change your world. Get access to free resources to help you live out positive values.

Fathers Matter
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Are you a dad or do you want to help men become more positively and actively present in children's lives?

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What's Your Story?
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Are you looking for ways to connect more with others in your family, community, church, school or workplace?

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Values & Money
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Could you use help with how you approach money? Our money values can help you shift your money attitudes and behaviour. 

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Are you looking for one of our other projects? Visit our PROJECTS page for more. 

What we do

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Promote Values

Heartlines is a social change organisation that encourages people to live out positive values. We do this through our projects.

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Produce Films and Resources

We produce films and multimedia resources to spark conversations around values, and to equip you to live them out.

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Facilitate Workshops

We facilitate values-based training, workshops and motivational talks for companies, organisations and groups.

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Conduct Research

Our work is steeped in research, ongoing M&E and a theory of change that informs our projects and resources.

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FILMS

Heartlines produces award-winning films that use the power of storytelling to entertain and inspire viewers. Many of our long-term projects, such as What's Your Story? and Values & Money, are based on the films we produce. 

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Hopeville

To support his estranged son’s swimming aspirations, Amos, a reformed alcoholic, attempts to restore a derelict public pool but meets resistance from the community. Through patience, determination and courage, Amos’ selfless act ripples through Hopeville, inspiring others to take action and do what they know is right.

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Beyond the River

Two men from very different walks of life team up for the 120km Dusi Canoe Marathon. By opening up about their respective life stories, they break race, social and age barriers, forming a formidable bond. This film is inspired by the true story of Piers Cruikshanks' and Siseko Ntondini's 2014 Dusi journey.

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Nothing for Mahala

Axe lives in the fast lane and is spending a lot more than he’s earning. When his debts catch up with him and he’s sentenced to community service with a surly senior, he begins to wonder if the flashy life is worth the price.

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8 Weeks, 8 Values, 1 National Conversation. Heartlines’ founding campaign centred around these films, which were aired on public television and remain notable local productions. Each dealt with a specific value and used the power of story to share a message of hope and motivation for social change.

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Fathers Matter Film Series

The Heartlines Fathers Matter films are six different, compelling dramas that explore the complexities of fatherhood in South Africa today, where most children grow up in homes without their biological fathers.

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On 29 May, your vote matters

And so does how you treat everyone else who casts their vote that day. 

ARTICLES

Survival guide to borrowing wisely
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A survival guide to borrowing wisely

There is something about payday that uplifts your mood and turns you into a “moreki” (big spender), but if you don't spend your money responsibly, you’ll be forced to resort to borrowing just to survive until the next payday.

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Creating safe spaces for men to share and learn

Creating spaces for men to share and learn together is an important part of Fathers Matter's work. The first Fathers Matter Ambassadors Conference was an meaningful moment for men to experience just this.

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Examining your own struggles with living honestly

There are many ways of making money and accumulating wealth, but we all face daily choices that test our honesty about how we earn our money. In a country that's riddled with corruption, why should you be living honestly?

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Fighting GBV: More fences, fewer ambulances

The scourge of gender-based violence continues unabated. And while there are interventions, many of them focus on providing assistance after the fact, rather than addressing root causes.

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Taking care of your mental health, one step at a time

Prioritising your mental health can be a critical act of self-care and preservation, because when you are happy, healthy and content you are able to move through life and engage with those around you as the best version of yourself.

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Hitting the road with purpose

Watch the story of how a biking club in Soweto is encouraging men to show up and share their lives and passions (including biking) with their children.

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Friendship and Honesty
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How honest should you be with a friend?

We all know how it feels to be lied to and all the negative emotions that come with being on the receiving end of lies, omissions or half-baked truths. But, do we really need to be honest in friendships?

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Focusing on youth is next for Fathers Matter

Unsettling research findings and critical conversations on youth and fatherhood were the talk of the day at the Fathers Matter Youth Message Design Workshop.

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