The Street Store was launched in Cape Town (South Africa) and has spread across the globe. It looks to create a shopping experience for the less fortunate who are unable to fend for themselves as opposed to simply donating goods; we allow those who are living on the streets to decide what it is they would like to take off a rack. The Em Love foundation has adopted the Street Store model since the year 2016. To date the foundation has had 7 Street Stores in the following towns;
Windhoek, Gobabis and Walvis Bay.
We are forever grateful to our sponsors and volunteers;
Afterschool Multimedia, Energy 100fm, Readi Bites, Simply You Magazine, Get Graphics, Stuttafords, Khakane Shop, OAK Media, Rent-A-Drum and Ogopa Butterfly, St. Pauls College, Liquid Events and Total Swakopmund.
There has been a vast outcry for the underpaid workers in Windhoek. Many of whom live in the informal settlements at the outskirt s of Windhoek. They then walk to the city center in the morning hours before sunrise to make it to work on time. Additionally, they then have to walk in cold weather conditions in the winter, with little to no winter gear. It is from which the hot chocolate initiative was born, looking to feed those walking to work and hand them a warm cup of hot chocolate to endure the journey to work. It was held and hosted in 2015, near the Monte Cristo service station.
There is a great number of people who live on the streets in Windhoek. With many sleeping under bridges, on the streets and some in the bushes of the CBD. Windhoek can get unbearably cold in the winter and this come with no mercy to those living on the street. It is from which the blanket outreach was born which looked to ask donations/blankets from those that were willing to give. With a large collection of blankets, an evening outreach where blankets were delivered to those that sleep on the street. Touching over 60 or more street people.
Windhoek has plenty of Charity Organizations that go unnoticed, with care-takers taking it upon themselves out of their own free will to raise unfortunate children who have nothing. The fundraiser aimed to create a platform for awareness and call on those willing to help to come forth and donate. All donations were sub-divided and handed over to the charity organizations namely; Aunty Alice soup kitchen, Let the children come to me, OVC Hangara and S.O.S children village. The donations were handed over at a charity fun day for the children, which saw over 120 children fed.