Women Who Believe | Nolene’s Soup Kitchen

TWA Soup KitchenAugust,  2017 - The Water Academy is delighted to be supporting Nolene Calvert and her Community Soup Kitchen initiative in Hornlee, Knysna. Several years ago Nolene identified a need in her neighbourhood for a place that kids could visit after school to receive a nourishing meal and connect. Nolene’s Soup Kitchen now feeds up to 100 kids every Tuesday and Thursday without fail. If donations are insufficient, Nolene, her family and those who help her in the Soup Kitchen fund the meals out of their own pockets. The kids clearly look forward to this bi-weekly interaction with Nolene. They start to arrive shortly after school is out with containers for their lunch and gather outside Nolene’s home in Talousie Street where she has set up a kitchen in a container. A slow trickle of kids soon turns into a large crowd of excited, hungry children. 

The kids each receive a hearty stew and, when available, Nolene will also hand out a treat of some kind - especially on holidays. The Soup Kitchen also gifts food to the elderly and unemployed. Nolene is unemployed herself and does not receive any remuneration for her efforts. It truly is a labour of love. In addition to feeding the kids, Nolene has set up a space in her home where abused women can seek shelter and support. She often takes full days to accompany them to court and is always available should refuge be required. This work is a passion for her and an area she wishes to develop. Nolene’s Soup Kitchen operates as a branch of “Women Who Believe”. This nationwide movement was established in 2001 by women who freely offer their own time to help those less fortunate and to meet specific needs in their local communities. Nolene’s Soup Kitchen relies solely on donations from the public and local businesses. With these donations she buys food, pots, gas for the stove, other essentials and blankets. Nolene also collects clothing, shoes and other basics and distributes these from the soup kitchen to people in the greatest need. TWA received the warmest welcome when visiting Nolene. She is a mother figure to the kids and a friend to her community. Nolene is currently planning ahead for Christmas - a special party for all of her regular kids with gifts and some extra special dishes. She is asking individuals to sponsor a child for this event. TWA is grateful to Nolene and those who help her for their love and dedication to uplifting so many lives.

Photos  (top to bottom): Nolene (right) and Evelyn (left) are a great team in the Soup Kitchen, Nolene packs a few of the dozens of lunches that she cooks and hands out every Tuesday and Thursday, Nolene's family also get involved - here Nolene's daughter makes a note of each childs' name.

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