StreetSmart South Africa is a registered Public Benefit Organisation and Non-profit Organisation that was set up in 2005 by a group of concerned Capetonians under the patronage of the late Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.
The organisation is determined to continue changing the lives of our country’s most vulnerable children and their efforts have seen 29 individual programmes benefiting from their fundraising in 2021. With their main source of funding under severe pressure because of the prolonged lockdowns, StreetSmart still managed to raise R780,000 nationally through sheer resourcefulness.
Through the continued generosity of their fundraising partners during 2021, as well as generous donations from private donors and CSI initiatives, StreetSmart will be able to help more than 2000 vulnerable children and their families this year.
The organisation is dedicated to changing street children’s lives by supporting intervention programmes through donations from hospitality venues in the Western Cape, Garden Route and Gauteng. With the hospitality industry decimated by COVID-19, StreetSmart had to find supplementary sources of income to continue changing lives, one child at a time.
In the greater Cape Town area, StreetSmart raised R525,000 for their nine beneficiaries. The funds raised helped these local organisations in retaining aftercare teachers, outreach workers, skills training instructors, as well as social and auxiliary social workers working with vulnerable children.
Funds are raised by StreetSmart partners who add a donation to their patrons’ bills. This donation is voluntary and donors are able to contribute as much as they wish. There are currently 20 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 communities.
StreetSmart invites more businesses to become fundraising partners, to make a real, long-term difference as every cent donated by guests goes towards social and educational upliftment projects for street children.