Dear StreetSmart Supporter
The end of the South African Tax year (2019/2020) is on the horizon.
Did you know that donating some of your hard earned money to StreetSmart South Africa NPC (a Public Benefit Organisation registered with SARS) before Saturday, 29 February 2020 will allow you to claim a tax deduction on your income tax return?
Your donation will enable us to expand our reach to vulnerable and street children through education, skills training and family reunification programmes. These interventions give opportunities to the children to live viable lives in South African society.
The Plettenberg Bay beneficiaries are Home from Home – Bitou Family Care and Masizame Project. The organisations will use the funds respectively for social work supervision and the salary of a family reunification worker.
Patty Butterworth (StreetSmart Plett), Melanie Burke (StreetSmart SA) and Elisabeth Wenz (Bitou Family Care)
Melanie Burke (StreetSmart SA) with Brenda Wall and Elaine Smith (Masizame)
“We would like to extend a big Thank You to StreetSmart and the local community for embracing this initiative so generously. We as Bitou Family Care are extremely grateful for the support we receive through our partner organisation, Home from Home. Through StreetSmart’s support we can provide event better service to help stabilise the lives of children in need,” says Elisabeth Wenz, co-founder of Bitou Family Care.
The Knysna beneficiary is Sinethemba, and the funds donated will be utilised towards the salary of the auxiliary social worker. “Because of StreetSmart’s support we can help children who are going onto the streets and get involved with drugs and alcohol, to be reconciled with their parents and teachers. We help them to work through their challenges together through our programmes at Sinethemba. I was helped in this way, and am grateful to be able to give back to the kids in my community,” says Siphamandla Halahala, the social auxiliary worker at Sinethemba.
l.t.r. Sharon Dreyer, Magdalene Moos and Siphamandla Halahala (Sinethemba) with Melanie Burke (StreetSmart SA)
StreetSmart SA, is dedicated to helping street children rebuild their lives through donations from restaurants, accommodation establishments and wine tasting venues in the Western Cape, Garden Route, Gauteng and KZN, has handed over R35,000 to their George beneficiary for 2019.
This grand effort is part of the total StreetSmart allocation of R1,7 million distributed nationally for 2019 to organisations working with children at risk of becoming street children.
l.t.r. Anele Ngoyo and Jonathan Gelderblom (Kidstop) with Melanie Burke (StreetSmart SA)
StreetSmart SA, an organisation dedicated to helping street children rebuild their lives through donations from restaurants, accommodation establishments and wine tasting venues in the Western Cape, Garden Route, Gauteng and KZN, has handed over R40,000 to their Swellendam beneficiaries for 2019.
The local committee which furthers the work of StreetSmart Swellendam, comprises Cathy van Eeden, Francois du Rand, Mari-Louise van der Merwe and Marjolein van Mourik.
l.t.r. Francois du Rand, Cathy van Eeden, Mari-Louise vd Merwe with Melanie Burke (StreetSmart SA Chairman) at the Handover Event.
The StreetSmart Franschhoek beneficiary for next year is The Kusasa Project, assisting Franschhoek children in need by providing support, encouragement and the environment to learn in a safe, stimulating setting. The StreetSmart funds were handed over at an event held at Bread & Wines Restaurant on Môreson Wine Farm.
The longest participating StreetSmart Franschhoek restaurant: The Bread & Wines Restaurant Team, with Melanie Burke (StreetSmart SA)
There are currently 5 establishments in Franschhoek that have embraced StreetSmart’s vision to make a real difference to the lives of street children or children at risk of living on the streets.