Actively working towards eradication of malnutrition within South Africa’s borders

Our Vision

To see a South Africa where malnutrition and poverty no longer undermine the nation’s health and economic state.

Our Mission

To generate and provide training in self-sustaining, income generating projects that combat malnutrition, foster healthy living, encourage basic literacy and provide basic training in life and business management skills through the establishment of partnerships between caring, like-minded organisations and vulnerable communities.


Established in 1980, Operation Hunger is a registered South African Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) that is remains operative and effective today. During 1994/95, Operation Hunger broadened its approach from relief work to include intensive focus on development work.

During 1999, Operation Hunger registered with the Department of Welfare in terms of the Non-profit Organisations Act No. 71 of 1997, and has become one of a growing number of NPOs that meet the criteria required to partner with government departments in the alleviation of poverty.

The organisation was started in 1978 by Dr. Selma Browde with Dr. Nthato Motlana after they saw the agony, anguish and toll that malnutrition inflicted on the South African people and its economy. Operation Hunger was accordingly strategically registered as a Fund-Raising Organisation in 1980 to better influence the transformation its founders sought. We therefore have a history of not only concern, but positive action in the fight against malnutrition in South African homes, schools and communities using sustainable and proven methods that empower people and their communities. We have since established an extensive network and infrastructure that provides our staff with unique access to vulnerable people and communities in some of the most remote areas in the country. We now work with local communities to initiate locus specific development programmes designed to create an environments conducive to the optimal development and growth.

Currently Operation Hunger focuses on the development of improved methods of working with and assisting communities to become self-sustaining, independent and to run profitable projects themselves.

Other specific community based projects include:

  • Targeted family feeding which include child assessment and development programmes.
  • Soup kitchens, community kitchens and food gardens, to assist communities in self-help food provision.
  • Water projects to ensure clean water supplies in households.
  • Income generating projects such as bakery, poultry and brick-making projects.
  • Sanitation and health and hygiene projects
  • Wellness programmes

Our Objectives

To improve levels of nutrition in impoverished communities through sustainable integrated income generating food security schemes (e.g. soup kitchens, gardens, broiler, egg laying projects).

To provide clean and accessible water to households where water is not readily available (e.g. rain water tanks, water rollers, boreholes/hand pumps, windmills, spring protection) so that individuals and communities can develop gardens, support livestock and be protected against water borne diseases.

To establish partnerships with the private and public sector as well as like-minded organisations, e.g. schools, churches and individuals that promote and participate in sustainable income generating self-help projects, contribute towards the quality of life and independence of individuals and communities.

To provide training in wellness practices (e.g. nutrition, water cleanliness, gardening, food security, cooking); skills development; business development and management (sewing, weaving, brick making skills).

To assist with the prevention and treatment of communicable (infectious) diseases (e.g. TB, HIV/AIDS, cholera, malaria) through training and dissemination of information.