FINE TUNING: In celebration of Souper Troopers’ fourth anniversary, the NGO held a ‘Show You Care Day’ for the homeless. Here, attendees get their hair done for the event. Picture: Ross Jansen
Cape Town - What started with a pot of soup and the realisation that Cape Town communities can create meaningful change through small acts of kindness, evolved into a NGO which has restored the dignity of many homeless people the past four years.

Souper Troopers, started by Kerry Hoffman, has been providing the homeless with food as well as holding a monthly social event for them since 2014. It has allowed the homeless and “homefull” of society to interact and bond.

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The event, which includes music, food and free haircuts, is run mainly by the homeless, who help in the NGO’s kitchen and make sure everything runs smoothly.

However, to do more than equip the homeless with hosting skills, the NGO aims to establish a “human hub”, a place where homeless people can have food, take a shower, and be linked with companies and partners who can provide them with further skills.

To generate funds, Souper Troopers are running a raffle, featuring prizes that include getaways, food vouchers and tickets for the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa.

“We want to reach out to corporates to help establish the human hub,” said Souper Trooper board member, Caryn Gootkin.

“There is nowhere for people on the streets to be during the day.... we want to help the homeless troopers be skilled and earn money for their work.”

The raffle draw will take place tomorrow, Souper Trooper’s official fourth birthday. The NGO is set to hold a birthday bash on Sunday. If you would like to know more about the raffle, visit the Souper Troopers Facebook page at or email at [email protected]


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