Kareem is currently in year 4 in the Automotive Body Repairs Workshop. He arrived three and a halve years ago at Learn to Live under the influence of marijuana and for most of that year he struggled with this cannabis drug. He is living with his grandmother, who raised him since birth. He was involved in gangsterism at some stage, but the staff at Learn to Live have managed to convince him that he has a better future.

 

He is currently in line for a job with a local Panel Beater and he will be helping there during the September school holidays before he starts officially on 1 December 2016 as a Panel beater’s assistant.

 

 

 

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In 2016, 180 youth were recruited from impoverished areas or the street to enter the skills training workshops, of which 34 learners were enrolled for the Automotive Body Repairs workshop.

 

Learn to Live Independent School of Skills, recruits children and youth from disadvantaged areas and schools, who have not managed to attend mainstream schooling.

 

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StreetSmart SA has handed over R50 000 to their Knysna beneficiary, Sinethemba Projects, for 2017. This is part of an allocation of over R1 million raised nationally for the third consecutive year by StreetSmart SA for beneficiaries in the various regions. 

 

For the last fourteen years, Sinethemba has worked to create opportunities for at risk children living and working on the streets of Knysna. The aim is to engage these children and their families in preventative programmes and to provide basic skills in order to integrate them back into main stream schools.

2016 KNY Handover Sinethemba

Melanie Burke (StreetSmart SA Chairman) & Michael Smith (Sinethemba)

There are currently 5 restaurants in Knysna 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 participating restaurants. This donation is voluntary and diners are able to contribute more if they wish to.

 

Read more: StreetSmart diners raise R50 000 in Knysna  

StreetSmart SA, an organisation dedicated to helping street children rebuild their lives through donations from restaurants in the Western Cape, Garden Route and Gauteng, has handed over R30 000 to their Swellendam beneficiary, Swellendam Bursary Fund, for 2017. This is part of an allocation of over R1 million raised nationally for the third consecutive year by StreetSmart SA with the balance to be distributed in the other regions later this month. 

 

Swellendam Bursary Fund provides bursaries to promising local young people wishing to study at university or college, but who do not have the means to pay for their studies. The StreetSmart funds will be used towards further education of eight students.

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Swellendam Bursary Fund members with Melanie Burke (StreetSmart SA Chairmain)

There are currently 4 restaurants in Swellendam 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 participating restaurants. This donation is voluntary and diners are able to contribute more if they wish to.
Read more: StreetSmart diners raise R30 000 in Swellendam  

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