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Children are given opportunties to engage in high-energy activities which provide an engaging alternative to street life

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A joyful send-off for the Director as he leaves for his fundraising cycle tour from London to Paris, May 2018

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Boys play soccer for fun, but some teams play in tournaments at local and higher levels.

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Beach volleyball draws kids off the streets to wholesome play.

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Surfing was the first sport uMthombo made available for boys and girls on the streets of Durban. Now a variety of sports is offered.

Girls soccer

Girls and young women are drawn in through sports activities and attend weekly meet-ups

Prevention Kwa Dabeka

Prevention work involves partnering with local community based stakeholders - uMthombo supported a rural community children's sports day

Cycle Tour Paris

uMthombo's Director, Mpendulo Nyembe joined cyclists from all over the world to raise funds through Amos Trust by cycling from London to the Eiffel Tower in Paris in 4 days.

16 Days of Activism Against Women & Children Abuse 2019 Campaign

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Welcome to uMthombo Street Children SA

Alternatives to Street Life

umthombo_logo_sml.jpguMthombo Street Children is a South African Non-Profit organisation committed to leading street-connected children and youth out of street life towards alternatives, through sports and other carefully constructed activities. In many cases, this means reintegration back into their communities with appropriate family preparation and support. Where families are too fragmented or dysfunctional, uMthombo prepares youth for living productive independent lives. There are no quick fixes due to multiple trauma, but street-connected children and youth can and do transform their lives. uMthombo follows a carefully constructed multi-pronged strategy that has had long-term impacts on many young people's lives. 

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COVID 19 Response

Living on the streets is challenging and especially during this COVID 19 period. Unfortunately this is a reality for the street-connected community.

When you see homeless children & youth begging on the street, you feel compelled to help. By donating to uMthombo uBuntu Campaign, you can change the life of homeless children & youth in a meaningful way.

Why People Are Homeless:

There are many factors that contribute to one being homeless and some of these factors are directly linked as to why many are still homeless.

  • Poverty
  • Abuse
  • Substance abuse
  • Delinquency
  • Unemployment

In the next coming week’s uMthombo will resume it monthly food parcels distribution to street-connected communities living in derelict buildings as well as pre-packed cooked meals to children & young people living and working on the streets, in the greater eThekwini region.

How can I help:

  • Refer to NGOs working with homeless community.
  • Donate to registered NGOs.
  • Donate non-perishable and perishable food items.
  • Donate toiletries, health & hygiene items- soap, toothpaste, sanitary towels etc.
  • Assist in fundraising initiatives.

To donate, visit our website for further details on how you can contribute meaningfully (


uMthombo News


How we help children and youth imagine 
and work towards achieving alternatives to street life.


Interventions for Durban’s Street Children & Youth

Outreach through sports and psycho-social support, helping street-connected children and youth to heal from trauma, rebuild confidence and hope, and to develop self-discipline and set positive life goals.


Interventions towards Reintegration:  

Assessment of family situations and where possible prepare for reintegration; crisis family support and/or referral to specialist support as needed. 
Reintegration - Return or new placement into direct or extended family were appropriate and safe, or preparation for independent living. 
Aftercare – monitoring and support of child/youth and family after reintegration.


Community Development and Prevention in townships surrounding Durban.

Capacity support for community stakeholders (CBOs, schools, churches, municipal structures) as they collaborate to build community-wide multi-sectoral support systems and advocacy campaigns, to prevent children and youth at risk being lost to drugs and the streets. (Building community safety nets.)


Advocacy and Campaigns

Joint advocacy for improved laws and policies that challenge stigmatisation of street-connected children and youth, and call on relevant authorities to put in place measures to address their needs and support other stakeholders who do. 

Campaign 2018-19: ‘It takes a village to raise a child’