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freshStart Sedgefield is a not for profit organisation on the Garden Route, South Africa that aims to create new possibilities for children and their families by giving them a hands-up instead of hand-outs. Our vision is to Help People Help Themselves.

Our main project is the Smutsville Recycle SwopShop. Every week, an average of 230 children exchange their collected recyclables for mula points and then trade these points for new and second hand goods (clothes, shoes, toiletries, stationery, sports equipment and toys).

In this loving and safe environment, children learn valuable life lessons. They are encouraged to save their points if they want to buy more expensive items like a bicycle or soccer ball. Those who save, earn monthly interest. The children learn the reward of achieving goals through effort and perseverance, thus helping themselves, growing self-confidence and self-respect. We also teach them to reduce and re-use. Promotions like Book Day, Winter Woollies, soft toy or stationery specials, and year-end bonus points, add excitement to our project.

The SwopShop has been up and running since 2014 and the number of children are increasing year by year. Accordingly, the amount of recyclable waste is increasing, too. In 2018, the children collected a total of 44 624 kg – refuse that would otherwise litter the streets of Smutsville.

We are registered as an NPO and a PBO and all activities are managed by a team of unpaid volunteers.

In order to keep our project going, we rely completely on donations. Every donation, no matter how big or small helps us to keep this project going!

Find out more on Facebook or on our website:

Facebook page: freshstart, Sedgefield


Donations to date

R 6 500.05

Fundraising target

R 9 000.00

Donor Messages

Thanks for feeding the hungry children!
All kids deserve healthy food, thanks for your efforts in the fight against childhood starvation.
I love what you are doing for the Kids!
Heinz Bartels & Monique Rooswinkel
We donate for this great project because it helps the children of the townships to learn about 'how can I help myself'