LOVE LEADS THE WAY
Souper Troopers started with a pot of soup and a realisation that Cape
Town communities can create meaningful change through small acts of
Kerry Hoffman was inspired to connect with the most
marginalised individuals - people living on the streets. One day of
serving soup and sandwiches from an urban pavement to homeless
individuals led to a vision that gestures like these could bring about positive change in an increasingly negative space.
In June 2014, Souper Troopers was formed.
We, in Cape Town, are aware of the prevalence of homelessness. Homeless
people go without having their basic human needs met. Instead of aiming
to ‘solve the problem,’ Souper Troopers provide specific events and
services that bring homeless people some dignity and attention.
Souper Troopers organise monthly ‘socials’ that are a
platform for allowing homeless individuals a space to have some fun and
feel ‘human.’ Significantly, these events are frequently run together
with people on the street. Some help in the kitchen, others give
haircuts, and most of the people attending always help with keeping an
eye out, making sure everything runs smoothly.
Through collaboration with volunteers, homeless individuals, and corporates, the monthly socials have included:
- haircuts and a wholesome meal
- pop-up boutique clothing spaces that allow homeless individuals to ‘shop’ in a dignified manner.
- Mobile showers
- The donation of toiletries
- Games and other entertainment, and the opportunity to celebrate birthdays
We are all human. We all have a story. Together we are the change.
To quote one of the homeless , George, "we just want people to acknowledge that we are also people"