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.
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.
Liesel Battell (Knysna Hollow), Melanie Burke (StreetSmart SA Chairman) & Sue Mills (Belvidere Manor Hotel)
Caroline’s @ Belvidere Manor, Chatters Bistro, Earth & Fire Restaurant, Knysna Hollow, and The Bell Tavern @ Belvidere Manor, offer their diners the opportunity to give responsibly in their restaurants, and not in the hands of a child on the street.
Melanie Burke (StreetSmart SA Chairman) & Liesel Battel (Knysna Hollow)
“We are delighted that 2016 is the first full year of disbursing the funds raised by StreetSmart restaurants and their diners by giving responsibly in Knysna. We invite more local eateries to become part of this initiative, providing opportunities for street children and other vulnerable children in the community to live viable lives,” says Melanie Burke, Chairman of StreetSmart SA.
Melanie Burke (StreetSmart) & Sue Mills (Belvidere Hotel)
“The StreetSmart funding enabled Sinethemba to effectively reach 221 vulnerable children in Knysna. The rising demand in our schools coupled with the community’s acknowledgement of the effect social background has on vulnerable children, created a platform for the Auxiliary Social Worker and her team to work with referrals instead of taking the children out of the school environment. At the Drop-in Centre a record 62 children at risk attended the life and social skills workshops,” said Michael Smith, Managing Director of Sinethemba.
Melanie Burke (StreetSmart SA) & Eleanore Bouw-Spies (Knysna Executive Mayor)
"I remember supporting StreetSmart as a tourist in South Africa when it was first started in Cape Town. What a great way for local businesses to support street children in their own areas! I was so excited when StreetSmart finally came to Knysna and more than happy to support this initiative in my restaurant. As for our locals, they are happy to donate as the beneficiary is actually here, doing good, in Knysna. For the tourists, they know that every cent they leave with us ends up directly with the beneficiary- nothing gets eaten up by admin costs. What a great way to help the street children they see every day of their holidays. A great initiative all round!" says Clare Dixon, owner of Chatters Bistro.
StreetSmart Restaurateurs and their diners are taking hands to make a difference in their communities. Nationally this partnership with 92 restaurants has raised more than R1 060 000 during 2016, for organisations that are actively involved with social development and rehabilitation of street children with the ultimate goal of family re-unification.