Heart of Men Campaign - Turning Lead into Gold

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This is a community development programme funded by the Department of
Social Services and Poverty Alleviation of the Western Cape.
This falls into their Men's Programme to end gender based violence and to strengthen fatherhood and family life.

It is a year long programme to train 40 men in two communities to facilitate men's
groups and circles. It uses the Fatherhood Project photographic exhibition as a focal point to invite men into the conversation around fatherhood and family life.

Men from the community are invited to participate in a weekend workshop that encourages them
to explore sharing in their life experiences and to deepen their connection to each other.
We provide men with a safe space to explore themselves on a deeper level

This weekend experience revolves around a number of processes that include fun and seriousness.
Men are encouraged to move out of their head and into their bodies to share what feelings
and emotions these processes bring up for them. It explores relationships and
communication with the aim to assist men in taking responsibility for their lives.

There is a 16 week programme of follow-up sessions that participants are contracted to participate in order to explore models of manhood, communication and relationship skills.

Men who complete this experience are then invited to participate in an advanced
leadership training programme with the intention of them hosting a weekend experience
for men within their community. These trainee facilitators and a core group of MensTrust
facilitators host this workshop. These men will also provide a follow up programme exploring
Fatherhood, family life and their relationships.

The aim of this pilot programme is to provide men within the community the ability to facilitate
ongoing support groups for other men through peer learning and sharing

The challenge is to involve men and boys within the community to:

  • Promoting gender equality
  • Positive role-models of fatherhood
  • Encourage men to look beyond current models of typical male stereotypes
  • Eliminate gender based violence against men, women and children

Men's Training and Capacity Building Programme

To view TV documentary from Masupatsela; EPIOSDE 9 FREE TO BE ME
screened on September 9th, 2009 at 2:14 pm
of MENSTRUST community project in Khayelitsha that was

Please view our gallery of photographs from the Fatherhood Photographic Exhibition taken by Dirk Visser.