Ekandjo opens Winter Soup Kitchen in Havana

June 24, 2015, 10:29am


This week the residents and children of Havana welcomes the establishment of a mobile winter soup kitchen that will see the children benefit from a delicious beef soup meal for the entire winter period.

The establishment of the soup kitchen is a noble initiative by Tim Ekandjo in his quest to feed empty stomach amongst young children.

“I am delighted to finally get this project off the ground. The winter soup kitchen will be stationed in the heart of the Havana informal settlement area and will operate twice a week. We will feed 1000 kids twice per day with a delicious beef soup meal that comes with 4 slices of bread on Tuesdays and Fridays for the next 4 months. This is going to be a very cold winter, and these kids need to wake up early in the morning and go to school, some of them come home hungry with nothing to eat and this initiative will assist their tummies and give them the necessary strength they need to make it through the day ” said Ekandjo

The initiative will effectively feed 32000 children and dish out 32000 meals over the 4 month period.

“I would sincerely like to thank Pick n Pay and Readibites for having agreed to partner with me on this noble initiative. Pick n Pay have agreed to sponsor all the ingredients and the bread for the beef soup meal while Readibites have agreed to sponsor the meat and this demonstrates that private public partnership and personal social investment is indeed possible. We cannot save the whole world with these initiatives but we can make a difference one day at a time and one person at a time”.

Also speaking at the launch was Norbert Wurm, Pick n Pay Managing Director, who extended Pick n Pay’s heartfelt thanks to Tim Ekandjo for inviting Pick n Pay to become part of this noble initiative. “In line with the O&L Group purpose “Creating a future, enhancing life”, we are extremely delighted to positively contribute to our President’s vision of eradicating poverty in our country, amongst others. It is said that the biggest reason children are hungry not only in our country but around the world, is because of poverty. Poverty often means children not only do not have enough to eat; they also don’t have access to clean water, health care or education. They face hunger, disease and even death. A chilling remark to make, but the unfortunate reality that has so many households in dire straits.  Besides other social responsibility projects and initiatives that Pick n Pay and the O&L Group support, we literally grabbed this “Winter Soup Kitchen” initiative as we are passionate about our children and the youth and we believe that no child should ever go to bed hungry”

The Winter Soup kitchen will operate between 14h00 to 15h00 every Tuesday and Fridays from the 23rd June till the 25th September.

The opening of the Winter Soup Kitchen was officiated by Hon. Zephania Kameeta, Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare who expressed his gratefulness to be part of this humbling occasion. The Minister described it as an occasion “borne out of selflessness and unconditional dedication to the less privileged society” “Poverty even at 5% is still too high therefore our efforts and focus should be directed towards eventual eradication of poverty, through sustainable poverty reduction measures. The war against poverty is multidimensional and calls for a concerted efforts. This is now the time, fellow Namibians that we rid ourselves of greed and instil the spirit of sharing and solidarity amongst us. Mr Tim Ekandjo and the companies that are rallying behind you in this selfless effort, and also others across the country who are involved in similar efforts. This is a demonstration of love for one another as citizens, and is indeed in line with the call from His Excellency to fight poverty from all fronts and with a myriad of methods. Allow me to once again extend my sincere gratitude and appreciation to Mr Tim Ekandjo for his noble deed.

The event and was also attended by Hon. Priscilla Boois, Deputy Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, Hon. Rev. Aino Kapewangolo, 2nd  Deputy Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, Constituency Councillor, Councillor David Martin of the Havana area, Mr John Hayes, Managing Director Readibites and Mr Norbert Wurm, MD Pick n Pay Namibia