Meet Our Dedicated Committee

We have a Committee of  10 dedicated  members, who make decisions for the betterment, and progress  of Hope  House.

We meet every 1 - 2 months 

We hold  an AGM each year .


My name is Jeremy Smith.  I am married to Heather and have 2 daughters – Jessica and Amy.
I am an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church in Pinetown, and my hobby is gardening.
I got involved in Hope House when I was doing work in the Pro Life ministry. I realised the church needed to provide an alternative solution to abortion.


Hi, my name is Libby Durk.

I am honored to have been nominated as the Secretary of Hope House.

I am so happy to a part of the beautiful family at Hope House, with Sonia at the forefront of this nurturing environment, always inspiring others with her unconditional love and care for these precious babes.

Born in England I migrated to Western Australia at age 21.

I am now fortunate enough to be spending time here in beautiful South Africa.

I am a Nurse having spent the last 12 years working in Paediatric Nursing specialising in Ear Nose and Throat

I am blessed with two beautiful daughters, Tobie-Anna and Pia.

My passion is the health and welfare of children and was delighted when I found Hope House as a place that I could volunteer and offer my love and support for these beautiful children.

I feel privileged to be part of this wonderful team.


My name is Melani Nel – mostly known as Mel. I am married to Ian Nel and have 2 children. Branden-Lee is 18 years old and is currently doing an apprenticeship, and Caitlyn is 15 years old and attends Durban Girls' High School. 
My Husband Ian and I own I & M Technical Projects, which is an electrical contracting company.  
Caitlyn and I have been volunteering at Hope House for about 5 years now. I am involved in the caring of the babies, taking them out for periods/weekends and also in fund-raising activities.


My name is Yolanda Viljoen but preferably known as Landi. I am a mother of two amazing children and they have given me three beautiful grandchildren, two grandsons and a little princess. I got involved with baby Hope House by default or should I say by God’s intervention. I helped a volunteer babysit one evening and that was IT. I decided it was time to give back and now am treasurer for this amazing NPO. Every time I go to the home I come away a better person, the love, respect and admiration I have for all involved is unmeasurable.


My name is Bronwyn Hemphill and I am a teacher. I was introduced to Hope House three years ago when I started running the Interact Club at Pinetown Girls' High School, where I am currently employed. It has been a blessing to be able to bring so many girls from PGHS to visit the babies and to be able to see their love for the little ones grow.

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