Dr. Selma Browde(Centre), one of the founders of Operation Hunger visited our new offices located in Edenvale, Gauteng to see how the organization was progressing. She was met by the Chairman of the Board, John Matjila (Far Right), the CEO Minnie Okwirry (Second Right), Board Member, John Heinrich (Second Left) and National Project Coordinator, Laurie Gibbs (Far Left).
Dr. Selma Browde along with Dr. NthatoMotlana started Operation Hunger in the year 1978 after they saw the need to combat malnutrition in South Africa. Under the auspices of the Institute of Race Relations, Dr. Selma and Dr. Nthato worked together to register Operation Hunger as a fund-raising organization which they accomplished in the year 1980. Operation Hunger’s far reaching and wide spread activities focused on the concerns about the nutrition needs of people in South Africa by helping communities to help themselves through implementing a variety if sustainable projects, based on community needs, which contained elements of Development, Nutrition and/or Relief.
While Operation Hunger’s focus on poverty, malnutrition and relief has remained the same over the years, the organization, in partnership with communities, has broadened its activities. Projects range from water harvesting, small garden plots, tunnel gardening, vegetable, chicken and egg production, soup kitchens and basic training in health and life management skills.
None of this would be possible today if not for the hard work of thefounders, Dr. Selma Browde and DrNthatoMotlana nor the support of esteemed persons, such as Prof. Mervyn King and Patron Mrs. Kezia Obama.
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