Despite an incredibly challenging year, StreetSmart SA – an organisation that raises funds for street children through donations from hospitality venues – managed to raise a total of R615 000. The money goes towards 35 organisations that are working with the country’s most vulnerable children.

In the broader Cape Town area, StreetSmart fundraising partners and their patrons raised R270,000 for their 9 beneficiaries. The funds raised help these local organisations towards retaining aftercare teachers, outreach workers, training instructors, as well as social and auxiliary social workers working with vulnerable children.

“We are most grateful to StreetSmart for their support and remain deeply touched and motivated by the concern shown towards the children in our care.  StreetSmart’s support makes it possible for the Homestead to successfully stabilise children away from the streets, and to heal, develop and educate them towards an empowered, self-sustainable and healthy future,” says Paul Hooper, director of The Homestead based in Khayelitsha.

Colleen Pietersen, founder of T.L.C. Outreach Projects in Table View, also expresses her gratitude: “We would like to thank StreetSmart for their kind donation during the trying times with COVID -19. Thank you for believing in what we do and supporting us to continue with our community educational outreach to school-going youth.”

Funds are raised by adding a R5 donation to a patron’s bill. This donation is voluntary and donors are able to contribute more if they wish to. There are currently 23 establishments in Cape Town that have embraced StreetSmart’s vision to make a real difference to the lives of children at risk of living on the streets, through giving their guests the opportunity to be real change makers in their own community.

“Societi Bistro is proud to support such a worthy cause! We are very privileged to be so well supported by locals and tourists alike, and StreetSmart’s seamless and ethical method of supporting local children and youth makes it an effortless experience for all concerned,” says Peter Weetman, owner of Societi Bistro Restaurant.

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 and The Netherlands.