PRESS RELEASE GROWING UP WITH A FATHER SOUTH AFRICAN FOUNDATION

BOY CHILD YOU MATTER EMPOWERMRNT DAY

VENUE: FREEDOM PARK HERITAGE SITE


Corner Koch & 7th Avenue, Salvokop, Pretoria

SATURDAY | 3 APRIL 2021 | 09:00-13:00

As a non-profit entity established to create awareness around The Impact of Fatherlessness and the plight of the Boy Child in our communities, The Growing Up Without A Father South African Foundation is proud to announce that we will be hosting 25 Fatherless Boys and 29 Stand-in-Dads as part of our Boy Child You Matter Mentorship Programme.

Here’s why empowering the boy child is such a critical issue…

Our boys grow up in homes without strong male role models. They grow up in an environment where the strongest role models are the local gang members or drug dealers. They are surrounded by poverty, extreme violence, abuse, rape, drugs and crime, because of this; they get sucked into criminal activity. Many of them become fathers and because of how they were raised they abandon their children, their children's mothers and don’t take responsibility. The mothers are then forced to raise their child themselves under difficult circumstances and the cycle begins again. This is also leading to the increase of GBV and Violence Against Women & Children.

The scale of the problem is immense; 61.8% of children under the age of 18 grow up in homes without a father. 

A number of studies have shown a connection between fatherlessness and most social ills, but also speak from my own experience in providing mentorship programs at national prisons... so many of the inmates have grown up in fatherless homes - in an environment where the only role models they had were gang members. It’s no excuse for their actions, but if they had access to upstanding role models, guidance, mentorship, and education (especially on self esteem and self-love, leadership, and being a contributing member of society) then maybe… just maybe their lives would have been different. 

NO MASK NO ENTRY

Due to Covid 19 Regulations we will only allow 100 participants.

CONTACT:  Dr Charley Pietersen, 083 388 7977 | E-MAIL:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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