Soup kitchen for kids
THE PEOPLE OF LOVE is a non-profit organisation, providing two nourishing meals per week to the children of the Kranshoek Community, a Griqua Settlement.
The 40-50 children come from vulnerable, impoverished and underprivileged backgrounds and often the meals provided to them, are the highlights of their week. The ages vary greatly from toddlers to teenagers and despite their great need to receive nourishment, it is heart-warming to see how they look after each other. The backgrounds of the children vary too, with some of them being orphans, living with alcoholic or sick parents who aren’t capable of looking after their children or simply extremely poor families. Of course, feeding the children twice a week is just barely scratching the surface and helpful in the short-term but a long-term strategy is needed, and the vision for the future is to empower the whole family to live a self-sustainable life with support from within the community. Tina Hopff, the founder of PEOPLE OF LOVE, is envisioning outdoor ovens emanating the lovely smells of freshly baked bread, surrounded by little vegetable gardens providing the community with seasonal, nourishing fresh food. To achieve this, gardens need to be dug and created, and people need to learn how to tend a vegetable garden. Ovens need to be built and people need to re-learn the ancient art of baking breads. Workshops need to be held to teach the community how to best utilise and process the harvests, how to prepare a highly nourishing meal from what is available.
If you would like to become a part of this wonderful initiative by either participating or by donating clothes, food, knowledge or money please get in touch with us.
Take the opportunity – make a difference!
The Covid-19 Lockdown Project
Since midnight, 26th of March South Africa has been in Lockdown. One is only allowed to leave the house to buy essential groceries, get medicine or collect social grants. No walks in Nature, no swims in the sea. Some of the schools even closed before the national lockdown which meant no daily meals for the children. Add to this the already high unemployment rate of over 40%, the delayed UIF payments for those that have worked and the ones who have now lost their jobs due to business closures during the lockdown, demand for aid is huge. People are in a desperate need of food; they are hungry. We, Tina Hopff and Annie Le Roux, People of Love immediately started a daily Soup Kitchen on Wheels for the children. And the numbers of 50 children on the first day doubled within days. Currently we are feeding approximately 400 children and more and more elderly people, serving them a warm meal with bread and a piece of fruit. We are also distributing food parcels to families. The population of Kranshoek is approximately 10.000 people. 400 hundred food parcels have been delivered thus far, which is just a drop in the ocean. Please support us!! Every little bit helps! Thank you very much!
Gardening for families
KRANSHOEK COMMUNITY GARDENS PROJECT
A Covid-19 response to build resilience in vulnerable communities
This project aims to support and empower the vulnerable community of Kranshoek in greater Plettenberg Bay to grow vegetables and herbs to enhance food production, sustainability and therefore a better life.
We have noticed how people in Kranshoek are at risk of malnourishment and often don’t have access to food, nor the resources to grow food. Certain families have been identified and earmarked for this project, and now, in collaboration with the food distribution project by Tina and the People of Love, we are assisting with food gardens as an essential relief in this time. Not only will this initiative provide much needed food but also teach skills and involve the unemployed youth as much as possible.
I am ready to support, mentor and inspire people to grow and eat healthy food.
In the process we make the environment better, integrate people more and help people to become a healthier, more supportive, resilient community.
Nicholas McLean is an agro-ecological consultant, and integrative health coach. Currently residing in Plettenberg Bay, he heads up this project. With over 15 years in the landscaping and organic horticultural field, he is committed to working with nature on improving self-sufficiency and holistic health by creating healthier environments – within the body and mind, as well as the external environment.
Connect with us
If you would like to a part of this initiative in any way, please contact Tina on +27 (0)79 822 5952 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
MAKE A DONATION
Donations are welcome in any form – be it clothing, food, knowledge or money – we are grateful for every bit we get.