StreetSmart SA, an organisation dedicated to helping street children rebuild their lives through donations from restaurants in the Western Cape and Gauteng,has handed over R25 000 to Masizame Projects, their Plettenberg Bay beneficiary for 2015. The handover took place at the well known The Fat Fish Restaurant, the first restaurant to launch StreetSmart in Plettenberg Bay.
Masizame offers food, shower facilities, life-skills training, mentorship and guidance to street children. This is followed up by intervention services with the goal to help the children to reach their full potential and become responsible contributing members of their communities.The funds raised by StreetSmart Plettenberg Bay will go towards a new family reconstruction auxiliary social worker position.
”StreetSmart South Africa funding has allowed Masizame to expand the breadth of our services through hiring anAuxiliary Social Worker Intern and an Educational Psychologist whose roles are to facilitate the process of sending 12 children who have dropped out formal education back to school. As a beneficiary of StreetSmart, Masizame’s public profile is raised, aiding our ability to obtain further resources as we look to meet the needs of the children we serve,” said Masizame chairperson, Antoinette van der Mescht.
StreetSmart South Africa’s other beneficiaries for 2015 are Cape Town Multi Service Centre, Home from Home, Learn to Live, Ons Plek, T.L.C. Outreach Projects in Cape Town;Kusasa in Franschhoek, Home from Home in Stellenbosch, Kids Haven in Johannesburg and PEN in Pretoria. All these charities are actively involved with the social development and rehabilitation of street children.
Nguni, one of the founding StreetSmart restaurants in Plettenberg Bay, was the town’s leading contributing restaurant this year.
“We first came across the StreetSmart initiative while dining in Cape Town and thought it was a great concept which went directly to the cause.After we were contacted by KarenSpurrier of StreetSmart here in Plett, we signed up enthusiastically as it is a simple but effective way of trying to resolve an ongoing problem which affects both local businesses and tourists alike.” said Jacqui Carter-Johnson, co-owner of Nguni.
“The waiters find it easy to add R5 in aid of StreetSmart to the bill and guests are known to give more – the table cards are simple and direct and when necessary we show them the brochure and poster to answer any other questions they may have as well as suggesting other StreetSmart restaurants in the area; all in all a simple concept going to a great cause!”
“We are very proud of the restaurateurs who have committed themselves and their establishments to making the StreetSmart initiative work here by taking an active part in a solution to, and providing much needed funding for those who work with street children in the local community,” said Karen Spurrier, chairperson of StreetSmart Plettenberg Bay.
Nationally there are currently 90 restaurants that have embraced StreetSmart’s vision to make a real difference to the lives of street children. Funds are raised by adding a R5 donation to each table’s bill at the participating restaurants. This donation is voluntary and diners are able to contribute more if they wish to.
StreetSmart Restaurateurs and their diners are taking hands to make a difference in their communities. Nationally this partnership has raised more than 1 million rand during 2014, for organisations that are actively involved with social development and rehabilitation of street children with the ultimate goal of family re-unification.
StreetSmart SA was set up in 2005 by a group of concerned Capetonians under the patronage of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and comprises resourceful board members representing business and the hospitality and tourism industries. Similar StreetSmart organisations also run independently in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India, USA – San Francisco and The Netherlands.
StreetSmart SA is registered as a Public Benefit Organisation as well as a Non-Profit Organisation and ensures that every cent donated by diners goes towards social and educational upliftment projects for street children. StreetSmart’s goal is to be part of the process of social normalisation and to encourage the public not to give money into the hands of a child as this keeps them on the streets. In essence, eating and donating at a StreetSmart restaurant is the responsible way to help a street child.
For more information or to make a donation, contact StreetSmart at Tel: 021 418 0621 email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.streetsmartsa.org.za.