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.”
We are excited about the outcomes our funding enables and achieves, bringing long-lasting social change in the lives of vulnerable children.
The Homestead received funding from StreetSmart Cape Town, towards a family reunification worker salary.
Denis stands out not only because of what he overcame, but also because of what he achieved. After a traumatic and abusive childhood, Denis ended up as a small boy on the streets of Kenya, eventually making his way down through Africa to Cape Town where he was found on the street and admitted to the Homestead eight years ago. Denis was a challenging child, with his aversion to going to school. However, once he showed an interest in weightlifting and wanted the Homestead to pay for his gym, a deal was struck to pay for gym, if he attended school. Denis did very well with his gym, winning several trophies for weight-lifting. However, at one stage he stopped going to school again, so the payment for his gym stopped. This upset him tremendously, but after a bit of negotiation he returned to school and was eventually allowed to continue his weightlifting. As the years passed Denis settled and got much better at going to school and ended up doing better than most, with a university pass Matric.
Family reunification for Denis was, however, always going to be very difficult because the Homestead had to track down his family in Kenya, make contact with them, drive Denis to Johannesburg to get all his papers in order, and at the beginning of the year, flew him home to his family in Kenya.
Denis is now happily reunited with his Grandmother, has started teaching at the local school, and is set to start his university studies in Kenya next year!
We love to share the feedback of the impact that StreetSmart funding is having on the lives of vulnerable children.
Ons Plek received funding from StreetSmart Cape Town to use towards a social worker salary. Enjoy reading about Malica’s return to her home…
“Malica has been with Ons Plek for one year and is currently doing grade 4. She enjoys going to school though she sometimes takes unpermitted walks after school. Malica enjoys doing homework and utilises the time she spends with volunteers.
However, Malica loves telling stories and never sticks to the original story! She loves attention and as a result, in some cases, lies to get it. Malica had to have several sessions with the social worker because her love of and need for attention was placing her in dangerous situations. She would go off with any friendly and flattering man or woman. A lot of work was done on her self-image and self-confidence. A sense of belonging was worked on through using her Life Story Book.
Subsequently Malica 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.”
NOTE: Whilst the story is true, the name/s have been changed in order to protect the child/ren.
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