Welcome to the Recycle Swop Shop, an innovative community development project in Hermanus that enriches children’s lives by encouraging them to take initiative and rewarding that effort.

Our mission:

Helping children to help themselves

The RSS has been doing just this since 2003. The project teaches children the value of effort, provides reinforcement of important educational concepts while giving them the opportunity to obtain essential items – their own stationery, toiletries and clothing.

Children collect recyclable material in their community and exchange or “swop” it for points at our RSS collection yard. Using the points, the children can buy items from the shop and also receive a “free” snack. It truly is a hand up and not a hand out. Find out more about how the programme works.

A model of success

The project is easily replicated and adapted to meet the needs of any disadvantaged community. We want to encourage people to set up their own Swop Shops in their areas so that more communities can benefit. Have a look at our Swop Shop community, and learn more about how to start your own Swop Shop.

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