We love to share the feedback of the impact that StreetSmart funding is having on the lives of vulnerable children. Home from Home received funding from StreetSmart Cape Town towards a social worker salary, and here is one of their good news stories:
"A young boy in one of the Masiphumelele homes is currently 17 years old and in grade nine. He was removed from his biological parents in 2011 due to neglect and being unsupervised with nobody to feed him and his siblings. Sadly, his biological mother passed away from an illness and his biological father is currently serving time in prison. At the young age of nine years, this boy had faced many challenges in life and had a hard time growing up.
Since being in Home from Home’s care, he has made everyone proud with his remarkable development and determination to succeed in life. He has a passion for soccer and currently plays for a soccer club in his community. He works hard at school and is a well-mannered boy. He recently received a surprise gift (new soccer boots, shin guards, soccer ball and sports bag) from cricket player JP Duminy, who visited the home and was impressed by him. The expression and gratitude displayed by this young boy was truly an amazing moment. He is currently part of the Mamelani ProSEED Youth Development Programme, which will assist his thinking, development and resilience for his transition process when leaving the care of Home from Home.
School of Hope is a registered special-needs secondary school that provides a second chance at education for at-risk, vulnerable children and youth, that includes former street children, rehabilitated drug addicts, and children from abusive, neglectful homes. There is no requirement of an entrance exam, only the prerequisite that students demonstrate a willingness to learn. They offer computer application technology (CAT) as a compulsory subject to ensure that every learner leaves the school in possession of knowledge that they can use in the current information age and in their future career.
StreetSmart Cape Town provided School of Hope with a R150,000 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.
Spend a weekend exploring this new route!
Every year Cape Camino does a walking pilgrimage route to raise funds for StreetSmart SA, set in the Cape Province. This time it is hosted by diverse sacred spaces and local neighbourhoods, rural farm lands. The route is available for everyone to use at any time of year. It is designed to offer a personal pilgrimage experience. There are no rules, only guidelines and information for how to go about your journey.
Every year, Cape Camino offers shorter Camino packages for those who only have a weekend available.
A new production of Athol Fugard’s masterpiece produced by Eric Abraham and The Fugard Theatre, Athol Fugard’s masterpiece will open in The Fugard Studio Theatre in celebration of The Fugard Theatre’s 10th birthday.
Set in a tea room in Port Elizabeth on a dreary, wet afternoon in 1950, “Master Harold” … and the Boys is a poignant coming of age story and exploration of a friendship between a young white boy (Hally), and the two adult black men he has grown up around (Sam and Willy), against the backdrop of the oppressive, divisive apartheid laws of the time. Although society dictates their education are worlds apart, Sam has helped guide Hally from boy to manhood, educating him about the realities and injustices of the world, while Hally in turn teaches Sam what he has learnt at school. Their friendship has taken on an almost fatherly role for Hally, as he struggles with the strained relationship with his alcoholic father. During their debates and reminiscing on the rainy afternoon, Sam and Willy talk about their dreams of winning a ball room competition – their ‘world without collisions’ – a metaphor for their aspirations and yearning to create a better life for themselves. The peace is broken with the news Hally’s drunken father is returning home, unleashing an anger in Hally that leads to an unprecedented bigoted outburst.
Please note: Access to The Studio Theatre is via two flights of stairs, if assistance is required kindly enquire at the box office.
Date: Tuesday, 10 March 2020
Time: 8 PM
Tickets: R200 each
Multiple 2020 Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards Nominations received! The acclaimed musical Danger in the Dark is back on stage at the Baxter in March.
David Kramer's new musical Danger In The Dark is a re-imagining of the Kramer Petersen hit of the 90's: Poison. It tells the story of a young, idealistic social worker, Pamela, who stands up to the drug dealers on the Cape Flats. When she discovers that her friend Juanita is caught in an unhappy relationship with a drug lord, she tries to rescue her. Most of the original Taliep Petersen compositions have been retained, while Kramer has written a new libretto.
Date: Saturday, 14 March 2020
Time: 2pm (Matinee)
Tickets: R140 each
It is 2020 and StreetSmart South Africa celebrates its 15th anniversary of changing children’s lives R5 at a time.
Founded in Cape Town in 2005, StreetSmart SA has raised R11,6 million over 15 years in aid of 31 organisations caring for street children and children at risk of living on the streets.
StreetSmart raises funds in partnership with restaurants, accommodation establishments and wine tasting venues in the Western Cape, Garden Route and Gauteng.
These donations are disbursed annually to beneficiary organisations involved in education, skills training and family reunification of vulnerable children.
To celebrate this incredible 15 year milestone, StreetSmart acknowledged their Top 15 contributors for 2019 at a function in Cape Town: La Mouette, Gold Restaurant, Nonna Lina, Moyo Zoo Lake, Chatters Bistro, Foliage, The Fat Fish – Plett, Wellington Wines, Nguni Restaurant, Jordan Restaurant, Stacked Diner, Aubergine, Belvidere Manor, Social Eatery @ Knysna Hollow, and Moyo @ Kirstenbosch.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be at the top of StreetSmart’s annual contributors list. Thank you to each and every diner who helped out by eating out,” said Mari Vigar of La Mouette.
Congratulations to La Mouette (Cape Town), GOLD Restaurant (Cape Town), Nonna Lina (Cape Town), Moyo Zoo Lake (Johannesburg) and Chatters Bistro (Knysna) for being StreetSmart's Top 5 Fundraising Restaurants in 2019.
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