My name is Yolindie Oberholzer, I am the welfare worker at Fred and Martie’s Soupkitchen situated in Claremont in Johannesburg, our organisation is a registered non-profit organisation that has been in existence for 32 years.
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 alone (Fred’s wife), started feeding children from a table on the pavement on the side of the road in front of their house 32 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 recognised that there was a problem when so many people came to her to borrow food for their children 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 year 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.
I got involved at this time as my dad’s health was in a poor state and he was unable to continue with the Soup kitchen on his own. I promised my 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…
There are so many children and elderly folk that are forgotten (and so often “invisible”) to us. They are right here among us.
We are planning a fund raising event, a Gospel Show with the Theme – PAYING IT FORWARD in aid of our Soup kitchen, the date earmarked for the event is 21 June 2014.
Please will you consider participating in the event, PAY IT FORWARD is synonym to what God has done for you