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It was a dining experience of Stenströms CEO, Anders Bengtsson, at a Cape Town restaurant that would change the fate of the Mother City’s destitute street children significantly. Patrons were invited via a card placed on each table, to donate R5 to StreetSmart SA in suppport of their efforts to rescue vulnerable children from a life on the streets.

 

Stenströms and StreetSmart SA have found common ground in helping to keep Cape Town’s youngsters off the streets, so much so that Stenströms recently handed over a further R25 OOO donation to StreetSmart SA at the Radisson Blu in Granger Bay. These funds will help to maintain the momentum of this life-changing project.

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Stenströms was established in 1899 and produces fine quality men’s shirts and ladies’ blouses made from 100% twofold super cotton. This iconic Swedish fashion house has just celebrated its 115th anniversary by creating an exclusive anniversary collection capturing the very essence of the brand. For 115 years, the brand has delivered garments boasting on trend design and superb quality.

 

Stenströms’ corporate social responsibility footprint stretches as far afield as Estonia, where they established the country’s first centre for disabled children and their families in 2007, also supporting a home for disabled children.

 

StreetSmart SA is a registered non-profit and a public benefit organisation that distributes raised funds to selected beneficiaries. The current beneficiaries in South Africa areorganisations that work with street children and those who are vulnerable and at risk of becoming street children. StreetSmart SA raises money via participating restaurants, and distributes it directly to organisations who have the experience and facilities to help vulnerable children. Participating restaurants display a StreetSmart SA card on their tables, informing patrons that a voluntary R5 donation will be added to their bill, which they may increase at their discretion.

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’It gives us great pleasure to support StreetSmart SA. Children living on the streets

are amongst the most marginalized of all South Africa’s children, and they need our

support,’ said Anders Bengtsson, owner and President of Stenströms.

 

‘StreetSmart's goal is to be part of the process of social normalisation and to encourage the public not to put money in the hands of children, as this keeps them on the streets. In essence, eating and donating at a StreetSmart restaurant is the responsible way to help a street child,’ said Nils Heckscher, chairman of StreetSmart SA.

 

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 For more information, contact Stenströms SA on (021) 438 7013 or 082 459 6226 or visit www.stenstroms.com

 

StreetSmart SA has handed over R480 000 to their Cape Town beneficiaries for 2015. The beneficiaries are Cape Town Multi Service Centre, Home from Home, Learn to Live, Ons Plek and TLC Outreach Projects.

 

StreetSmart Restaurateurs and their diners are taking hands to make a difference in their communities. Nationally this partnership has raised more than R1 040 000 during 2014, for organisations that are actively involved with social development and rehabilitation of street children with the ultimate goal of family re-unification.

 

“Our partnership with StreetSmart has allowed us to ensure that we strive to be the best in the industry and we endeavour to do so in the future. It is remarkable how StreetSmart’s funding has enabled so many children and youth over the years to gain access to education, skills training and job placements.” said Nelly Burrows, Director of Operations and Development at Salesian Institute.

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 StreetSmart South Africa has also given substantial financial support for 2015 to beneficiary organisations in other areas, namely The Kusasa Project in Franschhoek; Home from Home in Stellenbosch; Twilight Children and Kids Haven in Johannesburg; PEN in Pretoria; and Masizame in Plettenberg Bay. All these charities are actively involved with the social development and rehabilitation of street children.

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Read more: StreetSmart diners raise R480 000 in Cape Town
 

StreetSmart SA has handed over R220 000 to their Franschhoek and Stellenbosch beneficiaries for 2015, The Kusasa Project and Home from Home.

 

The Kusasa Project offers educational opportunities to vulnerable children from the informal settlement outside Franschhoek. The funds raised by StreetSmart Franschhoek will go towards a social worker salary, as well as an auxiliary social worker salary.

 

Home from Home provides supported and supervised foster care for abandoned and vulnerable children in small family homes in their own communities. The money raised by StreetSmart will fund the partial salary of a social worker, transport, communication and family reunification services in support of the foster mothers in Kayamandi and Cloetesville.

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“Home from Home is thrilled once again to be the recipient of funding from StreetSmart for our Stellenbosch based homes. The challenges faced working with children who have been living on the streets are complex. Thanks to StreetSmart’s support of Home from Home’s projects in the Winelands area, our social work team are able to work alongside the Foster Mothers and children to ensure they receive the appropriate support, guidance, counselling and care,” said Home from Home's development director, Pippa Shaper.

 

StreetSmart South Africa’s other beneficiaries for 2015 are Cape Town Multi Service Centre, Learn to Live, Ons Plek, T.L.C. Outreach Projects in Cape Town; Twilight Children and Kids Haven in Johannesburg; PEN in Pretoria; and Masizame in Plettenberg Bay. All these charities are actively involved with the social development and rehabilitation of street children.

Read more: StreetSmart diners raise R220 000 in Franschhoek and Stellenbosch
 

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A message from our founding Patron

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"It gives me great pleasure to support StreetSmart South Africa.  So when you are enjoying an evening out with good foods, good wine and good company, reflect on how your life is enriched.  Then do a kind thing.  Give to StreetSmart.  God bless you."

 
Desmond M Tutu Archbishop Emeritus

Founding Patron of StreetSmart South Africa

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