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Deborah spent her time volunteering her services to the under-privileged and handicapped in addition to feeding the destitute and the needy whilst writing material on matters of the heart and family.  Deborah was raised in a single parent home.  Being highly intuitive and sensitive to the needs of people around her, Deborah was inspired to reach out to those in need and thus founded Haven of the Heart Foundation.  She is fully supported by Merriam and Leon who share the same heartfelt desires derived from their own life experiences… to provide HOPE and HELP to the poorly who are in need of Love, guidance and a helping hand.

 “Peace between countries must rest on the solid foundation of love between individuals. From the loving example of one family a whole country becomes loving.”

 We have come across many troubled people, who were born into this world from parents who had no vision or workable plan for raising their children. Alternatively, they were not equipped emotionally or financially to take on the responsibility of child rearing.

Children deserve to be born into an environment in which love, support, encouragement and cooperation within the family unit is strong. The relationship between a child’s parents is the foundation for their family unit. This regrettably has often not been the case and has sadly impacted negatively on such children, who usually grow up to be unhappy adults, never fully understanding why they feel and act the way they do.  Sadly, many wounded adult children go on to producing unhappy children, who inherit the scars left behind from their parent’s pasts, developing a pattern, which is passed down the generations.

We at Haven of the Heart Foundation, have an abiding concern for the many troubled individuals, who are born into this world from parents who remain ignorant, never seeking any form of help or healing.


“We exist to provide Lion-hearted strength, innovation, direction, motivation, hope, faith and peace to the children of our future. Belief provides HOPE. Hope ensures a brighter Future.”.

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      Haven of the Heart Foundation (HOTHF) exists with the intent to create a safer environment for abused, abandoned, neglected children. We exist as a body of people to empower children to not feel afraid of the world in which they live.

    We stand ready to lend support to our wounded friends by involving them with an established, united organization. We work in conjunction with local and state officials who are already in place to protect children. We desire to send a clear message to all involved with an abused child that this child is part of our organization, and that we are prepared to lend our physical and emotional support to them by affiliation, and by our physical presence. We stand at the ready to shield these children from further abuse. We do not condone the use of violence or physical force in any manner. However, if circumstances arise such that we are the only obstacles preventing a child from further abuse, we stand ready to be that obstacle.

To provide skills training and job creation for jobless people through selling and marketing various motivational and inspirational brochures/booklets/products aimed at educating communities and raising awareness on the types of child abuse, warning signs, profiles of a child abuser and an abused child. Myths and facts about child abuse and neglect and the lifelong affects thereof.

Caring for and feeding the homeless or impoverished individuals and school children by ensuring they receive a minimum of one balanced meal per day.

To undertake any other projects of whatsoever nature that may be identified in future that will better the quality of life of fellow human beings.

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Haven of the Heart Foundation’s specific objective is to establish nationwide recreational havens for children. A place where they can gather to eat, learn and play in a safe, secure, naturally peaceful environment along with programs aimed at raising their self-esteem and motivating them mentally, emotionally and physically through recreational activities, economic empowerment programming, training and self-awareness education. We are dedicated to providing emotional support to children and the families of abused children, so that they may heal in an environment where children are able to spend both leisure and structured time with their caregivers in an effort to diminish their stressful circumstances.

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To build up families by gearing all management to create parental capacity, healthy parent-child relationships, spiritually minded young people and families with spiritual depth and focus. To have a tightly connected, multigenerational team in which people of a given generation mentor someone of a subsequent generation, allowing individuals of all generations to consistently and significantly relate to both younger and older individuals on all matters of faith and lifestyle.

To establish new and to support existing mission havens in South Africa where a need thereof is identified, and to equip it with all the required disciplines and services.  Our greatest goal is to do all things in love as we walk on the roads that bring us to needy people, to hurting hearts, to sick bodies, to bound souls, and to lost lives. We walk with tenderness and compassion, and are a servant to all. We believe all humans should be merciful toward one another in love and should strive to live in peace. We endeavour to add to people’s lives  FAITH through LOVE. We believe “unconditional” love always protects, trusts, gives hope, and perseveres…

“Unconditional love never fails.”

 “We spend our lives trying to earn the love that we can only receive when we admit our poverty of spirit. WHEN WE KNOW OURSELVES to be safe with the true source of LOVE, we can begin to create havens of safety for others.”

Our aim is to focus on what should be done with regard to raising wounded adult/ children’s self-esteem by motivating them and providing them with the tools necessary to develop their total mental, emotional and physical health and build their future on faith and not fear, for faith is what makes humans unstoppable and turns a VICTIM into a “VICTOR”.

Our vision is to reach out to young children and to exhaust all means at our disposal to save as many as possible by providing them with lifelong direction. By breaking the pattern of abuse, abandonment, and neglect in this generation, we will ensure a brighter future for the generations, which follow.

We at HAVEN OF THE HEART FOUNDATION choose to live with hope rather than despair, love rather than hatred and forgiveness rather than blame. We believe if one cannot change the circumstances, then change oneself. 

 “By changing your thoughts, you change your world!”

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Copy of registration document (2012/028183/08), Certificate of Registration of Non profit organisation (NPO No. 105594) issued of the Department of Social Development September 2012, and credit clearance certificates of the directors are available upon request. All three directors are signatories of Haven of the Heart Foundation’s business account.

Contact Person:      

Deborah Wollnik – Founding Chairman (011) 792 4099/ 072 415 8452


SHORT-TERM – Resources for Feeding Programme



Jungle oats


R 93.00

Veg Soup


R 124.00

Bread roll


R 55.80

Glass Milk/Fruit J


R 93.00

S/S cup and spoon


R 155.00

S/S bowl


R 155.00

Adhoc daily expenses


R 341.00


R 1,016.80














R 2,033.60

R 32,033.60

R 3,203.36

R 35,236.96



R 3,050.40

R 33,050.40

R 3,305.04

R 36,355.44



R 4,067.20

R 34,067.20

R 3,406.72

R 37,473.92



R 5,084.00

R 35,084.00

R 3,508.40

R 38,592.40



R 6,100.80

R 36,100.80

R 3,610.08

R 39,710.88



R 7,117.60

R 37,117.60

R 3,711.76

R 40,829.36



R 8,134.40

R 38,134.40

R 3,813.44

R 41,947.84



R 9,151.20

R 39,151.20

R 3,915.12

R 43,066.32



R 10,168.00

R 40,168.00

R 4,016.80

R 44,184.80



R 20,336.00

R 50,336.00

R 5,033.60

R 55,369.60



R 30,504.00

R 60,504.00

R 6,050.40

R 66,554.40



R 40,672.00

R 70,672.00

R 7,067.20

R 77,739.20



R 50,840.00

R 80,840.00

R 8,084.00

R 88,924.00

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LONG-TERM – Resources for Recreational Safe Havens:   

The long-term resources required would be to acquire properties that could be utilised as sheltered recreational safe havens.

The following requirements would need to be in place:-

A fully functioning kitchen , laundry room and bathrooms

Bedrooms – shelter for rescue child and/or mother and child

A dining area

A recreational area for table tennis, volley ball, board games, toys, TV, etc.

A library filled with educational, motivational and inspirational material.

A computer/ art and crafts/home economics centre

A reasonably sized outdoor area to establish a vegetable garden

Staff, HR and Record keeping

All ambassadors and staff will be trained up and required to multi task in all the activities of HOTHF thereby ensuring they acquire a wealth of experience across the board and are able to function in any position at short notice should the need arise.

All permanent staff members will be paid market related salaries in line with their skill sets of which a record will be kept.

All candidates (permanent/voluntary) will be screened, interviewed and referenced checked etc. by Deborah Wollnik who has over fifteen years recruitment and selection experience within the donor funding environment across the board.

Assumptions- What risks need to be taken into account and managed?

As a safety measure a minimum of ten percent of all monies received/generated by HOTHF will be set aside and/or invested in short term investments as a safety net should funding run thin.

These projects are of a permanent nature set in place to bring about change and hope .

Beneficiaries of the Project:

The ones to benefit from this project will be abused, abandoned, neglected children/adult children, the homeless and underprivileged. HOTHF acts as an intermediary agent between the needy and the donor’s.

The dedicated people at HOTHF contribute toward the needy with their time, love and compassion…why?  Simply because it is our passion to transform fearful children/adult children who are victims of their circumstances into hope filled victorious children /adult children who think, talk and walk faith!

How will the beneficiary community participate in the project?

HOTHF hopes to provide children/adult children who have benefited from our outreach program a first hand opportunity of future employment prospects. Thereby providing them with an opportunity to give back to the community what has been given to them…understanding and a brighter future! By sharing their pain for other peoples gain they contribute toward another’s healing process.

How many jobs will be created?

Job opportunities are dependant upon the future growth of HOTHF‘s  recreational safe havens and satellite feeding stations/libraries in more remote areas nationwide.

Sustainability: How long will it take for this project to become self sustaining?

Each recreational safe haven will be required to grow their own vegetables and have an art and craft /home economic centre where all goods created/baked will be sold to raise funds for the haven.

All adult children entering into the system will be required to work for their basic needs whilst in the programme.

Self-branded HOTHF “Lion-Hearted” motivational booklets/material written by Deborah Wollnik will be sold privately, to schools, companies etc. based on

HOTHF’s mission statement and similar subject matters:-

  1. Strength and Courage
  2. Innovation and Growth
  3. Directional Focus and Self-control
  4. Motivation, Purpose and Goal
  5. Hope and Trust
  6. Faith, Conviction and Belief
  7. Peace , reconciliation and Freedom from Strife

Motivational talks will be marketed locally and nationwide across the board on the above to raise donations for the needy.

Should HOTHF and this project cease to operate the remaining assests will be donated to an organisation of a similar nature.


There are numerous types of child abuse i.e. emotional, physical, sexual, neglect, and abandonment.  These have an emotional effect on children who necessitate consistency, structure, clear boundaries and the understanding that their primary caregivers are looking out for their safety. Abused children cannot foresee how their parents will act. Their world is a capricious, fearsome place with no normality. Any form of abuse will result in a child feeling insecure, neglected, mistreated, alone, or abandoned.

Children have nothing to be ashamed of…the shame of being human has been passed down through the generations by ignorant children who have grown up into adult parents who have an injured spirit, shattered hearts and a jumbled psyche.

“Shame is noxious and does not belong to children!”



MYTH: It is only abuse if it is violent.

Fact: Physical abuse is only one type of abuse. Neglect and emotional abuse are as damaging, since they are more inconspicuous others are less likely to get involved.

MYTH: Most child abusers are strangers.

Fact: While abuse by unfamiliar persons does happen, most abusers are family members or others close to the family

MYTH: Child abuse does not happen in “good” families.

Fact: Child abuse happens across the board immaterial of one’s social or financial status. It crosses all racial, economic, and cultural lines. Many dysfunctional family’s portray their family unit as being “picture perfect” thus living in denial and not seeking out the help that is required to remedy their situation.

MYTH: Only bad people abuse their children.

Fact: Not only “bad people” abuse their children and not all abusers deliberately cause harm to their children. Many wounded adult children were victims of abuse themselves and have remained ignorant on how best to raise their own offspring. Others may suffer from various mental health issues or of substance abuse.

MYTH: Abused children always grow up to be abusers.

Fact: It is true that abused children are more likely to repeat the cycle as adults, instinctively replicating what they experienced as offspring. Many “wise” adult survivors of child abuse who have chosen not to remain ignorant on the subject matter have a strong motivation to protect their children against what they went through and become excellent parents.     All types of child abuse and neglect leave lasting scars. Some of these scars might be physical, but emotional scarring has long lasting effects throughout life, damaging a child’s sense of self, ability to have healthy relationships and ability to function at home, at work and at school.



CHILD LINE 0800 055 555


TELKOM CRIME HOTLINE 0800 124 000 / POLICE 10111/1022






HAVEN OF THE HEART FOUNDATION respects your privacy. If you have had or know of any child abuse experience/s you wish to communicate to us or need advice on some matter, kindly email us at and we will respond as soon as possible and assist where we can.




In 1995, South Africa ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and committed to a range of obligations aimed at establishing and protecting the rights of children.  The Child Care Act, (74 of 1983) and the Child Care Amendment Act, (86 of 1991; 13 of 1999) makes sexual abuse of children a criminal offence.  Child abuse and neglect is the physical or mental injury, sexual exploitation, negligent treatment, or maltreatment: of a person under the age of 18. Carried out by a person (including any employee of a residential facility or any staff person providing out-of-home care) who is responsible for the child’s welfare under circumstances which indicate that the child’s health or welfare is harmed or threatened thereby.

I thank you for setting time aside to read through our profile and sincerely hope it is a consideration of yours to, if not now, then in the near future, to become a valued partner in our worthy cause.

I agree it is a cause of many, but nevertheless it remains a cause that stands to make a difference in the lives of those people we are able to touch.  With your valued and generous donation coupled with our time, efforts and dedication, together we can make the world a brighter place for the abused, abandoned, neglected, homeless and the destitute!

Yours sincerely,


Deborah Wollnik

Founding Chairman