We are grateful for the incredibly generous donors whose contributions enable the Home of Good Hope to Provide for the children.
In order to most effectively utilize those dollars our goal is to keep our administrative cost to a minimum. It is also our wish to keep our donors informed about the progress and successes at the Soup Kitchen. To achieve those two very important goals we will post reports on the website every three months.
Monica Imanga and Eileen Greene, a Canadian Nurse met at Katutura Hospital while Eileen cared for Monica’s beautiful 16 year-old daughter Maria who eventually died of AIDS. Monica and Eileen became friends. In 2007 they started a “soup kitchen” in memory of Maria. They called it The Home of Good Hope, and began with a view to providing food for about 40 children who were HIV-positive. Eileen personally provided the funding and Monica did the cooking for the soup kitchen in her humble home. Monica transported the food by local taxi to nearby Katutura, a poverty-stricken township where many of the children lived. At that time they had no structure in which to serve the food, so it was doled out as the children squatted on the side of the road. Soon it was found that there were many other children in the neighbourhood who also only received food sporadically so they invited them to join in on the one meal a day they were able to provide.
As the years went by the numbers of children who desperately needed help grew to several hundred and the cost of the program became more than Eileen could personally handle. So she started fund raising in Victoria, BC. The soup kitchen continued to feed the neighbourhood children one nutritionally balanced meal a day. It was decided to restrict our assistance to those children between 18 months and 15 years of age, as they were the most vulnerable.
Meals are now served 7 days a week providing each child one cooked meal per day on weekdays, and sandwiches on the weekend. Today the pre-school children eat in the morning and the school-aged children the afternoon, and They now have a small structure (little more than a shack at the side of the road) where the children get out of the elements to to have a meal. The children sit on benches or small plastic chairs and staff or volunteers serve them their food. The space is also used for afterschool activities.
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