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A project by Heartlines to promote understanding, cohesion, trust and reconciliation through story-sharing.

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For church

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For the workplace

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Like Water is for Fish by Heartlines CEO Dr Garth Japhet explores the power of story in our lives, how story has influenced him and how he's used it to influence others.

"An inspiring read that shows how stories and storytelling can change lives."
Lillian Dube

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My journey of growth

I got called names like “kwerekwere” because I couldn’t speak or understand any of the South African languages.

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A tale of reconciliation in Tshwane

Here's how What's Your Story? was used to start an ongoing process of reconciliation between church leaders in Tshwane.

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Sharing her story to heal the wounds of her past

She has no regrets about her past despite a childhood filled with abuse and trauma. Read more

Foreign nationals talk about their struggles in finding a home away from home

The Sister Mura Foundation is providing medical, financial, and emotional support while upskilling foreign nationals living with HIV/AIDS in SA. Read more

A dream deferred leads to a life of leadership and success

Olefile Masangane has achieved what he thought would be impossible.

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Storytelling breaks stereotypes about criminals

Father Babychan Arackathara has been working as a chaplain in SA’s prisons for over 20 years. He is an advocate of the human rights of prisoners and restorative justice, bringing healing to offenders as well as victims and their families. 

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A story of resilience and love, above all else

Aspiring film producer Lyndall Stephenson on her What's Your Story? experience in SA.

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Share your story with us

Do you have a story that everyone needs to hear? Are you, or do you know of someone who courageously lives out values such as forgiveness, compassion, acceptance, understanding or reconciliation? Do you know of ordinary people in South Africa working together in extraordinary ways?

Then we need to hear your story!

We’re looking for stories that:

  • Help us to get to know and understand each other better.
  • Challenge us to look beyond our differences.
  • Inspire us about those who’ve overcome huge challenges.
  • Remind us that we really are better together.

Acceptable formats text, word documents, audio (mp3) and video (mp4)

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The What's Your Story? project was made possible through the support of a grant from Templeton Religion Trust. The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Templeton Religion Trust.