Happiness is…another good news story, highlighting the reality that a child is never helped in isolation; the parents and siblings always become part of the outreach and the holistic solution in putting the child on the road to recovery.
Kidstop’s focus is to connect with the children and youth, through street outreach and the Drop-in Centre. At Kidstop the children find a safe environment where they can learn informally and get motivated to prepare for mainstream schooling. These children are placed into mainstream schools with great success.
StreetSmart George provided YFC Kidstop with funding towards a child and youth care worker salary.
We held a Parenting Skills training workshop for those parents whose children were on the street and attending the Drop-in Centre. We had such a wonderful time of fellowship, encouragement, training, fun and amazing food as well. The eleven parents that attended the three days had benefited tremendously. They were given an assignment to implement what they had learnt and had to give feedback the following day. The parents then said that they understood how important it was to be a responsible parent. One parent said that the training came at the right time as she and her daughter were always fighting about everything. She said that she learned to communicate in a soft tone of voice and not to shout and that her daughter listened to her and she was able to listen to her daughter.
StreetSmart South Africa supports World Homeless Day as it highlights the plight of millions of homeless people across the world. We encourage local communities to be part of the solution by giving responsibly.
Acting as a conduit fundraising organisation, StreetSmart partners with restaurants, accommodation establishments, wine tasting venues and online businesses, to receive donations from patrons.
StreetSmart ensures that every cent donated goes towards supporting locally run programmes that prevent the vulnerable from becoming street children and help those already on the streets through reintegration back into schools or their families, to achieve long-term interventions.
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We are grateful for the real long-lasting societal change that StreetSmart funding enables through our beneficiaries’ programmes.
TLC Outreach Projects received funding from StreetSmart Cape Town, towards family reconstruction worker and field worker salaries, and related transport costs.
Debbie, aged 16, attends the T.L.C. Life Skills programme daily. She comes from a home of addiction and too found herself doing drugs, sex for companionship, and making wrong choices of friends.
Her brothers are all on drugs and she has never attended school. Sadly this was not a priority in her family, as substance abuse got priority.
Her brother was murdered eight months ago, which just compounded the trauma she is experiencing in her life.
Debbie has been faithfully attending our classes since 2019, and she learning how to read and write.
We are so proud of her!
Support StreetSmart and keep up social distancing while sampling gourmet food and premium wines from the Constantia region delivered straight to your door. Guests will be wined and dined in the first of three Cape Town virtual experiences hosted by SecretEATS on Thursday, 10 September.
StreetSmart SA, which celebrates its 15th anniversary changing children’s lives R5 at a time, is the chosen beneficiary of SecretEATS. These exclusive dining experiences bring together food-lovers and chefs to have a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience over the course of an evening.
Participants can expect a gourmet three-course spread with instructions via Zoom from 19h00 on how to master the art of plating each dish under the guidance of a Secret Chef. Each of the courses will be paired with a top tier wine from three boutique estates and guests will be one of the first to sample an exciting new release from the Constantia Wine Route.
Since its inception in 2005, StreetSmart SA has raised R11,6 million in aid of 31 organisations caring for street children and those at risk of living on the streets through partnerships with restaurants, accommodation establishments and wine tasting venues in the Western Cape, Garden Route and Gauteng.
We love to share the feedback of the impact that StreetSmart funding is having on the lives of young people who need support to enable them living a viable live in society.
StreetSmart Cape Town provided School of Hope with a disbursement towards the computer skills training instructor salary.
School of Hope recently partnered with On The Ball College, to empower more women to enter the IT business. The college has approached us to nominate a female learner to participate in the Woman in IT initiative. They provide programming and coding classes to young female adults from previously disadvantaged backgrounds to prepare them for a career in IT.
Sive Mxhonywa, a young female learner currently completing her Grade 10 at the School of Hope, has been nominated for this opportunity. She is a learner who is keen to partake in the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) currently experienced in South Africa. Sive said, “I would like to run my own Online firm one day, where I will be able to provide online health consultancy services to the economically and financially challenged clients, who are geographically isolated in the rural areas of South Africa. I want to focus on using ICT to deliver top notch services to these at-risk clients due to their background and geographical location. They are also South Africans like us”. A few months before writing this report she was placed back at home. This is one of our success stories because we always try to unify the children with family and back to normal life.
We love to share the feedback received from our beneficiaries about the impact that StreetSmart funding is having on the lives of vulnerable children.
StreetSmart Stellenbosch has contributed to Stellumthombo – BecomingKids, an early intervention programme focusing on high risk children living in the Cloetesville area in Stellenbosch, towards a learning support facilitator salary.
“Rita Pearson said: ‘Every child deserves a champion; an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best they can possibly be.’
Once a child has repeated two grades in primary school, they are just advanced every year until they can continue with high school. During this time teachers become frustrated with the struggling child and often give up on them. BecomingKids’ goal is to help kids stay in school and to prevent them from landing on the streets. Sometimes the school system makes it very difficult for children, especially for those with learning and behaviour difficulties, to stay in school.
BecomingKids has a young boy in the program that the school system has given up on. The school governing body wanted to expel him immediately. He has been in the program for six years and is still regularly attending school because of the continuous learning and reading support, and adults cheering him on. He is currently in grade 5, but 14 years old. With a lot of mediation meetings at school and with his mom, we have been able to change the governing body’s mind. In January he will be applying at a technical school where he, hopefully, will be accepted and be able to work more on a practical level. That will give him the opportunity to flourish.”
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