Melanie Burke (StreetSmart SA) with Clement Kgafane and Thinus Schrage (PEN)
PEN Projects provides support and supervised foster care for boys living on the street and is the Pretoria beneficiary of StreetSmart’s total allocation of over R1 million nationally for 2020 to 36 programmes working with children at risk.
“StreetSmart helps us to provide our children with a home where they can be re-educated by learning life skills and values, where they are treated with dignity, can develop self-respect and have hope for the future. Thank you to StreetSmart - you invested into the lives of each of the children in our home,” said Clement Kgafane, PEN OVC Homes Manager.
StreetSmart is a community initiative that raises funds for programmes that support social normalisation of vulnerable and street children making a real difference to their lives, in partnership with restaurants, accommodation establishments and wine tasting venues. Funds are raised by adding a R5 donation to each patron’s bill. This donation is voluntary and donors are able to contribute more if they wish to. With this generous gesture, StreetSmart establishments and their guests are real change makers in their own communities.
“With the help of our generous supporters, StreetSmart continues to stand out as an important conduit of much needed funding for our beneficiary organisations. In spite of current financial pressures making it harder for people to donate, StreetSmart will be disbursing over R1 million to beneficiaries nationally for the sixth consecutive year, enabling us to support 36 programmes. We are so excited to be able to continue this work through responsible giving and we invite restaurants, accommodation establishments and wine tasting venues to become StreetSmart in their local communities,” says Melanie Burke, Chairman of StreetSmart SA.