About the Author
Social worker, child activist, and rapper Ryan Dalton was born in 1980 in the small town of Cookeville, Tennessee in America. At the age of 18 he visited Cape Town, South Africa for the first time, during a six month program with Youth With A Mission. While he was in South Africa he met the children living on the streets of downtown Cape Town. He was intrigued by their lifestyles and shocked at the callousness society displayed towards the children they labeled as "street kids". In 2000, after Ryan completed the six month program, he moved back to Cape Town and began fulltime work with the children living and surviving on the streets of Cape Town central business district. He is a firm believer that actions speak louder than words and over the past ten years he has attempted to "live out" his faith to the kids and others he meets, rather than preaching or "evangelizing". Though Ryan's work began as merely building relationships with the children on the streets (by hanging out, taking them to visit their families, visiting them in jail or in hospital, etc.) and working with each on an individual level, over the years he saw the need to impact the situation on a greater scale. He started using music and media to try and bring awareness and change to the bigger picture. He has released two hiphop albums, where he speaks about the issues he sees on a regular basis on the streets and in the communities of Cape Town. From 2003 to 2006 Ryan studied at University of Cape Town where he got his Bachelor of Social Sciences in Social Work with a Psychology stream and an Honors in Social Development. He continues to live and work in Cape Town.