Foundation was founded in 2020 on the back of the founder, Sylvester Mashilo,
publishing his debut book titled “Sylvester Mashilo…A product of rape But I am
Chosen By God”.
born out of brutality, Sylvester Mashilo, went on to later experience the same
triple forms of abuse – physical, emotional and sexual. His journey as a man
has not been an easy one. It is often said that the hurt go on to hurt
It is only
through the Grace of God that Sylvester Mashilo is still here today. His past could have been said to be tragic, but those events have, however, served to reveal to him the plan for his life. It is this
second chapter of his life that has given birth to the Foundation.
Why we exist
In South Africa
is murdered every 3 hours!
of 40 000 rapes are reported annually!
of those infected with HIV are women!
infections among young women aged 15-24 years were more than double those among
young men often exacerbated by the phenomenon of ‘blesser-blessee’
relationships heightened by unemployment and poverty.
mentorship of boys between the ages of 8 and 16. These boys/pre-adolescents represent a ripe moment to make meaningful interventions in their social
development at a time when they are going through significant changes in both
their emotional, physical and mental.
bold and courageous facilitation of conversations between men. These
introspective, non-judgmental and safe-space dialogues serve to bring to the
fore discussions about important but often hard to have conversations about
GBV, the LGBTQI+ community and the role of men in an evolving society.
Supporting women through a connected network that facilitates personal growth through a sharing of intentional parenting knowledge, peer-peer emotional support and network strength for business and personal growth opportunities.
We believe that a society where we practice tolerance, accommodation and universal love is one that we must all strive towards. Our programs are open TO ALL. It does not matter who and what you believe in, ALL are WELCOME.
We as a Foundation subscribe to the following Values:
& Accountability, for the SMF Integrity and Accountability means
that we are honest in how we conduct ourselves as members of SMF and in our
interaction with external stakeholders. We do not only account for every cent
that has been gifted to the Foundation for public good but we are intentional
in delivering a return on investment for all our stakeholders . We hold
ourselves to the highest standards for ethical conduct and morality.
Forgiveness & Reconciliation, for the
SMF Forgiveness & Reconciliation means that we identify and appreciate the
strides that we have made as a country to heal the brokenness suffered by our
people. We identify and appreciate that there are still many injustices and
inequalities that persist in our maturing democracy. It is the intention of the
Foundations work to promote and actively engage in work to heal a broken people
as a result of family breakdowns, the absence of fathers and the legacy systems
that men have created to the harm of vulnerable groups.
Trust & Safety, for the SMF Trust
& Safety means that we are, transparent, open, accessible, courageous and
promote not only a feeling of safety but an experience of being safe throughout
our work and interactions with all our stakeholders.