Street-Wise is just a good thing, because while living here you
learn how to respect adults, each other and yourself. If you live on the
streets you don’t care about these things because no one has any
respect for each other. I think it is good to live here because they help
you to be strong. Now I’m not talking about having muscles, but
about becoming a man, someone who can face his problems.
I can tell you my story.
I was about 10 years old when I left home. My mother had left me
with my granny when I was 3 months old. The
Street-Wise team found me
this year (I’m 14 years old). Now I am happy and full of thanks
for the staff here at Street-Wise. Thanks to them I can face any problem
that comes before me. I like Street-Wise because they made me aware of
the rights I have as a kid, the same as everybody else in South Africa.
As it is in the stars, as it is in the trees, even in the sky. We
are the children of the universe.»
Asanda Jali (14)