Keeping kids off streets

2019-12-10 06:01
Paul HooperPHOTO: Marlene de Villiers

Paul HooperPHOTO: Marlene de Villiers

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The Homestead Projects for Street Children received a R35 000 donation from StreetSmart South Africa at the Salesian Institute in Green Point on Monday 18 November.

It is one of nine local charities working with children from disadvantaged backgrounds that have benefitted from a R495 000 donation in total from the fundraising initiative.

Altogether 38 recipients nationwide benefited from the more than R1 million campaign by StreetSmart South Africa.

The organisation works with restaurants, accommodation establishments and wine tasting venues in the Western Cape, Garden Route and Gauteng, collecting R5 donations from guests for charity organisations.

The Homestead works with about 50 street children at a time, has 90 boys in residential care and works with another 320 vulnerable boys and girls in Valhalla Park, Manenberg, Khayelitsha and Woodstock.

It helps get these children back to school and keeps them away from the street. Its outreach programmes are run in Camps Bay, Green Point, Sea Point, Woodstock and the CBD.

Paul Hooper, director for The Homestead, says the children they work with are moved either back home, or placed in alternative care such as the Homestead Shelter.

“This work is vital to keeping the number of children on the streets of Cape Town to a minimum as the city continues to see an influx of hundreds of children onto the street, both from communities surrounding Cape Town, but also from wider South and southern Africa,” he says.

Hooper says they are grateful to Streetsmart and Capetonians for their support.

“The Homestead is exceptionally pleased to be a Streetsmart beneficiary because this grant was allocated towards the employment of a street outreach worker and will directly benefit children living, working and begging on the streets of Cape Town,” says Hooper.

  • For more information on the Homestead, visit www.homestead.org.za.

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