From l.t.r. Marie-Louise Raymond (The Kusasa Project) and Melanie Burke (StreetSmart SA)
StreetSmart SA, an organisation dedicated to helping street children rebuild their lives R5 rand at a time through donations from restaurants, accommodation establishments and wine tasting venues in the Western Cape, Garden Route and Gauteng, has handed over R70,000 to The Kusasa Project in Franschhoek. The handover took place at Bistro BonBon.
This grand effort is part of the total StreetSmart allocation of over R1 million for 2020 distributed nationally to 38 programmes working with children at risk.
Marie-Louise Raymond, Dave Riordan and chidren from The Kusasa Project with Melanie Burke (StreetSmart SA) centre
“Thanks to the StreetSmart funding, The Kusasa Project has access to the services that only a social worker can provide to help children in need, together with their parents, to bring holistic solutions through support and encouragement. There is this saying that you can’t teach a hungry child, but you also can’t teach an upset, afraid or traumatised child. That is something we see on a daily basis in our community, and thanks to StreetSmart, we have a social worker on call that can guide us in assisting vulnerable children, and provide individual counselling. Thank you!” said Mari-Louise Raymond of The Kusasa Project, a local organisation assisting children in need by providing support, encouragement and a safe and stimulating learning environment.
From l.t.r. Zaid Adams, Emmerentia Klaasen, Georgina Prout, Dominique Maclean and Melanie Burke
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. Bistro BonBon, Foliage, Good Food & Co, Haute Cabrière, Monneaux at Franschhoek Country House and The Franschhoek Beer Co. have embraced the StreetSmart initiative to make a difference in their community.
“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 38 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.
Photographs by: Andrew Swarts Photography