The Christ the King Soup Kitchen has gracefully celebrated its 4th anniversary at Christ the King Parish Hall, Cantonments-Accra.
“ Christ the King Soup Kitchen came about because several beggars frequent the compound of the church seeking help to buy food and other basic needs from parishioners” Rev. Fr. Andrew Nii Lantey Campbell, S.V.D., the Parish Priest of Christ the King church said.
In response to Pope Francis’s declaration in 2016 as “The Jubilee Year of Mercy, the soup kitchen kick started to alleviate the plight of the underprivileged, a gesture made possible after a unanimous affirmation among the Parish Pastoral Council and the Parish Priest.
For the past years, the soup kitchen has been a relief feeding about 80 street children a day and helping to reintegrate the street children back to their families. The project is also to provide shelter to those whose families cannot be traced, provide training to those who are interested in learning skills.
100 and more packs of food are distributed to the homeless at Kanda underpass twice a week throughout the year while health screening is organized for beneficiaries.
Out of Ghs 224,866 monies received in 2019 in support of Christ the King soup kitchen, Ghs 155,409.80 was spent on National Health Insurance Cards, Hospital bills, School Fees, feeding of the beneficiaries, and visiting the families.
The Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, who was present as the Special Guest of Honor reiterated the need to support the needy. He pledged support to issue 500 street children with National Health Insurance cards and commencement of an accommodation project for training and the upkeep of the street children.
By JULIETTE Y. MANOMEY (DEPSOCOM, Accra)