Who is coming on Sundays?

The kids are between 1 and 15 years old and mostly orphans. Others have difficult family backgrounds or their parents just don't have enough money to give them food regulary.

Pedro - one of the founders, does not know exactly, what or if the kids get to eat during the week. "We would love to cook on a daily basis, but we do not have the money. (in the meantime the kids-soupkitchen is open on Wednesdays as well)

Pedro adds: "A hungry mind cannot study"!
It's his dream that some of the kids will be able to go to college like he did. However that's a long way to go, many of the kids are not just underfed, but they lack in close and don't even go to school.

Kapepo and the group get a picture of each kid and it's environment, to decide weather a kid should be invited to the soupkitchen. To some extent they gather begging kids from the streets. By now about 200 kids come to get a warm meal each sunday.

To make sure that the kids appear regularly the are counted and checked against a list each time. Thus the group is able to seek for any missing kid and work out why he or she is not coming consistently.

What is the usual procedure of a Sunday?

Kapepo an the other members start to cook at 9 am. They heed of a varied diet and prepare a different meal each sunday, so the kids will at least get a good nutrition once a week. Mainly there are mush, potatoes and rice combined with meat or vegetables.

Once the "cooks" arrive they first start a fire for the pots to stand on.

While some still cook the rest of the group is preparing the food-handout in the inner courtyard of the Ombili Center to make sure that once the hungry kids arrive everthing is prepared.

Lunchtime is at 1am but many kids arrive beforehand to play soccer, bluster, laugh and just have a good time. The soupkitchen means more to them than just a place to get a meal, they feel at home.

Prior to picking up the food the kids have to wash there hands in the provided big bowls. Now it's time to line up for the handout.

The kids now will sit on some steps or in the shade of some trees and enjoy their meal. Some of the adolescents that help with the food-handout have been guest at the kids-soupkitchen when they were young. Today they help to give back some of the help they got.

"It's great that we know eachother for such a long time and that we really hit it off." It's just like a big familiy with many, many kids.



Road Map:

Own premises where we can cook for the kids and furthermore offer a place to sleep. Eventhou the kids come from different backgrounds they all share the need for knowing that someone is at hand. And they found that support in Kapepo and the group - who are allways their and try to show a better futur.

Problems:
As mentioned before a lot of the kids ar orphans or come from problematic family backgrounds. Some:

         - live on the streets
         - have alcoholic parents
         - have parents who are only children themselves

Due to the circumstances:

         - there is noone to send the kids to school
         - they are undernourished
         - absence of care and love

The soupkitchen-team is trying to provide all this: care, security, food, values and love.