Empowering Change on the Streets of Durban

A Beacon of Hope

Discover how uMthombo Street Children SA is transforming lives by reconnecting street-connected children and youth with their communities and families.

Understanding the Crisis

South Africa faces severe social challenges that disproportionately affect its youth, particularly in urban areas. The stark disparities in income and social services have pushed many children and teenagers to the streets, where they face even greater risks.

uMthombo Street Children SA focuses on the urgent need for effective interventions and support systems to protect and reintegrate these vulnerable groups back into society.

The prevalence of drugs, crime, and lack of employment creates a dire situation for the youth in Durban. With a commitment to action, uMthombo not only provides immediate assistance but also works towards long-term solutions through community engagement and policy advocacy.

Our efforts aim to ensure that these children have access to the opportunities they deserve to lead safe, healthy, and productive lives.

2023 Monitoring & Evaluation Report

Our data in the previous 3 years, had shown that the number of children & youth in street situations was almost on par, with a small difference, between 1 or 2 percentage, based on intake gender statistics. At the close of 2023, we are now noting a significant increase in the number of older street-connected boys, being more prevalent in our engagements. As previously mentioned in our mid-year report, a number of social ills plagues our country, with unemployment and substance misuse taking its tall, mainly amongst youth between 18 – 35 years of age. We also noted an increased exposure to substance abuse by a number of pupils in schools, who are in their teenage years. This significant increase, mainly in the male category can possibly be attributed to young men taking whatever measures to possibly sustain their livelihoods. This also means taking risks and finding themselves in illicit activities within the city’s streets environment.


At uMthombo Street Children SA, our Organogram plays a critical role in the lives of street children. With our Board of Directors, Directorate, Programmes, and Support Service, we ensure a comprehensive approach to empower change and provide support to those in need. By seamlessly flowing together, our dedicated team works tirelessly to reconnect street-connected children and youth with their communities and families. Through our holistic approach, we strive to create a brighter future for these vulnerable individuals, one that is built on safety, health, and productivity. Join us in making a difference today.

Our Vission to Transform Lives

uMthombo is driven by a vision of transformed, just and reconciled communities where there are no street-connected children and children at risk are supported to avoid turning to drugs and the streets.

Deep Dive Into Our Mission

Since its inception, uMthombo Street Children SA has been at the forefront of addressing the complex challenges faced by street-connected children and youth in Durban and surrounding areas. Our efforts extend beyond immediate relief, aiming to tackle the root causes of street connection through advocacy, rehabilitation, and sustainable reintegration programs.

Our Impact and Initiatives

Our initiatives range from on-the-ground outreach and support to strategic partnerships with local communities to prevent and reduce the number of children living on the streets. Each project is designed to address specific needs, such as our detox and personal development programs, which have seen unprecedented demand in recent years.

Join Us in Making a Difference

Your support can change lives. Whether through donations, volunteering, or spreading the word, your involvement is crucial to our mission of reintegrating street-connected children and youth into family and community life. Together, we can provide these young individuals with the tools and support they need to build a brighter future.