Webhelp is delighted to be working with Operation Hunger as their new charity partner in South Africa for 2020. Dr Selma Browde and Dr Nthato Motlana started the charity in 1978, and together with a group of caring individuals and organisations, they began to combat the anguish and toll malnutrition had inflicted on the South African people and its economy.

Over the past 40 years, the charity has grown to be a driving force in South Africa, inspiring positive action to fight against hunger in homes, schools and communities. It uses sustainable methods that empower people at a grass roots level, to tackle this vital issue.

Sandy Bukula, Acting CEO & Business Development Director at Operation Hunger explains:

“Our focus is on engaging and collaborating with vulnerable people, to help them become active agents of change, forming constructive partnerships that directly address the problems associated with chronic malnutrition and poverty.”

Here we share three short spotlights on the incredible and varied work of the charity, and the communities and people who are active in the fight against hunger.

Mama Queen, helping the fight against childhood malnutrition

Elizabeth Malan, affectionately called “Mama Queen,” started as a volunteer for Operation Hunger in the year 2009. She works hard in the Rooi Rand soup kitchen in Northern Cape with other staff members and volunteers to provide nutritious meals to children in the community.

Mama Queen is highly dedicated and has been elected as the secretary of the soup kitchens. She enjoys cooking, working in the garden harvesting vegetables for the kitchen and also takes charge of the recycling and running of the sewing project.

Mama Queen has now been with Operation Hunger for over nine years and is a loyal and much loved volunteer. She is still going strong and her hard work helps improve the community.

Operation Hunger staff and many volunteers have expressed high appreciation for all Mama Queen does at the kitchen and in the community.

Growing gardens, growing communities

Two Tunnel gardens, developed in partnership with Operation Hunger, at Chirela and Maseveni in Jane Furse Limpopo sell community grown vegetables, which are organic and free from poisonous agrichemicals.

The gardens were designed in a holistic manner and use permaculture principles to help disadvantaged families produce more food with fewer resources. The community is using compost made from animal waste, and other sustainable organic material.

The community have greatly invested in soil fertility through liquid organic fertilizers which they make from plants like comfrey, borage, stinging nettle and lucern. They plan to invest their income from the garden on other projects such as sewing and value-added food processing initiatives to boost their revenue and improve local commodity supply.

The Tunnel Gardens produce Spinach, Giant Red Mustard Greens, Savoy Perfection Cabbage, Curled Purple Wave Mustard and Red Russian Kale. This new source of nutrition in the Limpopo region has positively affected the quality of life for the community in Jane Furse. The project is also supported by the borehole water installed by Operation Hunger in every village.

Sweet success for self-help bakery

Operation Hunger has helped locals to establish a self-help Bakery in Hammarsdale Kwa-Zulu Natal. Overseen by KZN Regional Coordinator, Bheki Zuma, the kitchen is staffed by local women and provides delicious confectionaries, which are then sold in the community.

The women are passionate about the project, which, like many Operation Hunger operations, develops the community and creates self-sufficiency. This is considered the best solution for disadvantaged and malnourished communities, creating a lasting effect rather than just a stopgap solution.

We will be supporting Operation Hunger throughout the year and posting regular fundraising stories, led by our on-site Engagement Ambassadors at www.webhelp.com 

To find out more about the valuable work of Operation Hunger visit: www.operationhunger.org