Fred & Martie's Soup Kitchen is a registred Public Benefit and Non-profit Organisation (IT18A and BEE certificates available on request) which supports a large group of less fortunate people in Claremont, west of Johannesburg, South Africa.
This outreach was started 43 years ago by our parents, Fred and Martie Hughes who left their legacy in the very capable hands of their children, Riaan and Yolindie Oberholzer.
My parents moved to Claremont, Johannesburg in March 1981, they knew what being poor was all about. Fred (my dad) himself was no stranger to poverty, having grown up poor.
Martie (my mom) alone, started feeding children from a table on the pavement on the side of the road in front of their house 43 years ago with sample packs of soya mince which my dad got from the factory he worked at to feed us, however, we shared our sample packs of soya mince with many others…
Martie recognise there was a problem when so many people came to her to borrow food and realised that there was a need. She told us so many times that she started the soup kitchen because she knows what it is like to be poor and to have to go to bed hungry, praying for the hunger pains to go away…
The first day 5 children arrived and by the third day there were 200 children gathering on the pavement, on the doorstep and in the street. The traffic department stepped in and assisted with the traffic whilst the children were eating.
One woman’s passion and love for her community helped her feed hundreds. For years the poor and needy have relied on my parents not only for food but also for inspiration.
Martie sadly passed away in February 2008 and her dying wish was that should she pass away the children should be taken care of no matter what the cost. Yolindie (daughter of Fred Hughes) got involved at this time as her dad’s health was in a poor state and he was unable to continue with the Soup kitchen on his own. Yolindie promised her dad that the children will be taken care off. The children that Martie cared for so much will never be forgotten and will never go hungry…
FRED EN MARTIE’S SOUPKITCHEN/COMMUNITY CENTRE
Fred and Martie’s Soupkitchen has been in operation for decades (43 years). Although we operate under the name Fred and Martie’s Soupkitchen, our organisation is much more than a soupkitchen it is a well-established and reputable community centre with a holistic view of upliftment and empowerment. We are a registered public benefit and non- profit organisation, with an 80% BEE rating.
OUR VISION & MISSION
To enable sustainable progression in disadvantaged communities through empowering women, elderly and the youth living in poverty to become the agents of their own development and make sustainable progress in overcoming desperate hunger and poverty through effective social engagement programs.
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