The Dad Fund is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that promotes the holistic development of South Africa’s future leaders through the head, hand, and heart.
Through educational support & skills training
Through programmes that facilitate hard work and entrepreneurship
Through projects that develop and uplift communities
We believe that every person (even the vulnerable) has the ability to make a success of their lives. It takes the right kind of support and guidance to tap into a person’s potential. We believe,
“Give a man a fish and feed him for one day. Teach him to fish and he can feed himself forever.”
There are four key areas that the Dad Fund focuses on:
The DAD Fund was started by Lyndon Barends in 2003 in honour of one of his teachers, Daniel Arthur Douman (DAD) who was an outstanding leader. He touched the lives of many while serving within the education system.
He attended Good Hope College then proceeded to complete his higher education at Helderberg College, qualifying as a pastor. He entered the educational field and taught at Good Hope College from 1975 until 1992 when he re-entered the pastoral work.
Many students will never forget his generosity and fatherly support when he served as the Dean of Boys at the Good Hope College Hostel. He then served as a dedicated and concerned pastor until his untimely death in 1999.
The memory of Daniel Douman has been left with us as a legacy to remind us that all things are possible if you only believe. His personal character attributes are those that we would like to promote in the youth of today, hence the Dad Fund.
Lyndon Barends was raised in a shack in Crossroads (where the 1976 apartheid uprisings took place). He was the first person in his family to
complete high school and earn a university degree.
Daniel Douman became Lyndon’s mentor and inspired him to push through his tough circumstances and to educate himself. This led to his MBA and finally becoming the business and community leader he is today.
Lyndon has played significant roles in diverse national projects from health care, children’s charity, banking, and sport.
Among several other business roles, Lyndon has been a Partner and still is a Director of Matchworld - a strategic sponsorship marketing company – and the newly appointed Group CEO of Primedia Sport.
He holds Dip Personnel Management, BA (Psych & Soc), BA Hons (Development
Studies), MBA and currently reading towards his DBA in Switzerland.