Christ the King Soup Kitchen, founded in January 2016, was initiated by the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Andrew Campbell in response to the Holy Father, Pope Francis’ declaration of 2016 as Jubilee Year of Mercy. His ingenuity was supported by the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC). Christ the king Soup Kitchen since its inception has become a resource for the homeless and poor, the Projects provides free breakfast meals, clothes, toiletries and creates a sense of belonging for the beneficiaries of in a community.
Christ the King Soup Kitchen was officially launched in November 2016 by the former 2nd lady, Her Excellency Mrs. Matilda Amissah-Arthur. She has been generous to the project since then.
The project was begun by providing meals to 10 to 15 people daily. However, it presently serves an average of 45 people daily with over 29,000 plates served as at 31st July 2017. In addition to providing free meals, the project provides clothes and provisions such as rice, tinned fish and tinned tomatoes, tooth brushes and pastes to its beneficiaries. Special treats are given to beneficiaries to help them know their self-worth and feel they are part of the society by celebrating important religious occasions like Christmas and Easter.
Members who fall ill are taken to Christ the King Parish sick bay and referred to 37 Military Hospital and other specialized medical centers to meet their health needs.
Over 10 people have been supported with seed money to start businesses. The Duster Project, a mini project aimed at building beneficiaries up with entrepreneurial skills was initiated in December 2016. Beneficiaries were given “dusters” worth One Hundred Ghana Cedis each and were expected to return a percentage of their sales for more stock. Presently, one of the beneficiaries has begun a small shoe shop with the profit he made from the sale of dusters. About 20 children have been reintegrated back with their families and enrolled in schools.
In order to make the project wholesome, professionals such as Social Workers, Medical doctors and Psychologists are on board. The project is managed by 3 national service personnel who are Social Workers, Torgbui Bruno Bebli, a representative of the Welfare committee and other volunteers who are Parishioners. The church administration sees to the needs of the soup kitchen. Donations in kind and cash have been a major backbone for the success of the project.
Christ the King Parish, Parishioners and the P.P.C. are grateful to all Parishioners and non-Parishioners and institutions for supporting this Soup Kitchen Project.