Heartbeat Heartbeat, a MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet charity, helps orphaned and vulnerable children achieve their potential.

Heartbeat Centre for Community Development is an NGO that focuses on providing educational, material, health and social services to orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and their families in South Africa. Heartbeat‘s aim is to empower these young people to reach their full potential, through quality service provision, development and capacity building. Its ultimate goal is to develop sustainable communities with the capacity to care for and protect the rights of these youth and their families.


Young Hearts is a Heartbeat sponsorship programme through which individual children are sponsored.  Over the past twelve months Heartbeat has raised over R30 000 through MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet, which has made a huge impact on the Young Hearts programme.

Here’s what one of these young leaders,  Nkululeko Mazibuko, says about the difference Heartbeat has made in his life:
“I like Heartbeat because it has changed my life and I was taught how to handle the fact that my parents left at a very young age. Heartbeat has played a huge role in my life as no one could ever notice the gap left by my parent’s death because Heartbeat is there to give me food always make sure that I am okay spiritually, emotionally and physically. I enjoy mostly activities such as memory work, where I get to share my pain and listen to people sharing their past and making me realise that I’m not the only one who has to go through losing somebody you admire most. I really appreciate Heartbeat and hope that someday I will be able to give back as much they did for me.”


Martha Mahlaba, a granny and caregiver says, “After I found Heartbeat the tear door closed, Heartbeat took the tears from my eyes. It shows me how we can change things in the community. I was part of the community before, but with Heartbeat I excel.”

Giving hope to the voiceless youth in our communities and helping to develop their potential to become leaders of tomorrow is what Heartbeat strives to achieve. Every voiceless or unrecognised child has a story to tell of the challenges they have managed to turn into a living testimony.

To learn more, Visit: http://heartbeat.org.za

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