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Sabelo left school in Grade 10 and he joined the Kids Haven Youth Development programme in October 2014. Initially, Sabelo assisted the Kids Haven driver with the collections of donations. This provided him with the experience of working a full day job and he was taught how to take instructions, how to be punctual and courteous. He quickly learned first-hand that WORK is not the same as school!  At the Youth Assembly in December, Sabelo spoke about how he felt at school. He said that he felt “dumb” and so frustrated but at Kids Haven’s Youth programme funded by StreetSmart SA, life changed for him. Given the opportunity to work, he gained skills and earned money.

It was a battle to motivate Sabelo to start the Youth Skills Programme at first, but over the past six months he has learned more about himself and the working world. Sabelo received 4 certificates for completing 4 different activities:  Financial planning, a 3-month welding course, a life skills Work-4-A-Living certificate and the bronze certificate in The President’s Award. Kids Haven was able to acquire these opportunities for Sabelo with the help of StreetSmart. This equipped Sabelo with what he needed to make it out in the world and provided him with a prospect of independence ahead of him.

After recommendation from Kids Haven, Sabelo was offered a bi-monthly gardening job which he accepted. His employer sent this feedback: “We want to let you know how impressed we are with Sabelo, thank you he is a star! He really made such a great effort, was on time, arrived with snacks for himself and worked the garden we neglected for months all in a couple of hours. Not to mention how polite he is and I liked that he took initiative.” Sabelo is now working with his brother-in-law for his locksmith business on a full time basis. 

 

The partnership between StreetSmart and Kids Haven brings life-changing opportunities to young people with extremely limited options. This project is the key to helping young people with very little formal education, to become equipped with practical skills which gives them a head start in the working world. 

 

www.kidshaven.org.za

 

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 In September 2014, a 2-year-old, healthy boy was found alone on a Saturday morning by the police outside the local welfare office. As he needed a place to stay urgently, he was taken to one of our Home from Home houses as a place of safety. He had no identification documents or clothing with him, only the items he was wearing.

 

The local social workers tried to find out who he was by advertising in the local newspapers, but no one knew him or where he came from and no biological family members came forward. Since there was no other option for him, he has stayed at our foster home since then and instead of being left on the streets - a dangerous situation to be in for such a young child, he is in a loving, caring home.

He loves Rynette, his foster mom and sees her as his mother and has also bonded well with the four other children in the home. It is wonderful to see him as part of a family.

 

He will be starting crèche next year, so rather than staying on the streets, alone and at risk to being taken by people who may be abusive, he is safe and cared for and has the opportunity to be stimulated in terms of his cognitive growth, develop healthily and have a better future ahead of him.

Emily Partridge, Winelands Social Worker

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Feel Good Story - Home from Home

www.homefromhome.org.za

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Fun, Fun Fun!

Some joyful moments at the StreetSmart Children’s Party, held at TLC Outreach Projects, to celebrate our 10th Birthday.

Huge applause and heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to our sponsors:

T.L.C. Outreach Projects:  http://www.tlcprojects.org.za/ 

Africa Melane: http://bit.ly/1FaiXB8 

Vic Bay Leisure Wear:  http://www.vicbay.co.za/

Freeline Screenprint:  http://bit.ly/1cZalXx

Eat Cake Party: http://www.eatcakeparty.co.za/

 Eventful Parties: http://www.eventfulparties.co.za/

School of Magic: Monwabisi Mbobo - Magician: http://collegeofmagic.com/

Ravi Gajjar Photography: http://www.ravigajjar.com/

 

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 RGP STREETSMART MAY 2015 033  RGP STREETSMART MAY 2015 122 crp

 

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On 20 May 2015 StreetSmart SA's Vice Chairman, Nils Heckser shared our story with the Expresso Morning Show on SABC 3. Please take a minute to view the video above. 

 

We would like to thank Nils Hecksher, Gerrit Bruwer (co-owner: La Mouette Restaurant), Dawie Marais (social worker: Cape Town Multi Service Centre) for participating. A special thanks to Marcus Schumacher for creating the video clip and the Expresso Morning Show Team on SABC 3 for sharing our story with South Africa.

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