COUPLING THE PASSION OF OUR YOUTH WITH THE KNOWLEDGE OF EXPERIENCE.
Soup Moms of South Africa is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is on a mission to eliminate hunger and spread the spirit of “Ubuntu” by empowering the people of Sir Lowry’s Pass, South. SMOSA was founded in August 2013 after our founder, Catherine Ford, returned home after participating in a service and leadership program in South Africa. The people of Sir Lowry’s Pass taught Ford that the true beauty rests in the love we share with people around us. This experience inspired her to begin to address the suffering of the people that taught her so much.
In an interview, Ford was asked, “Do you realize that some people might think you are crazy for starting your own non-profit organization at only 19 years old while simultaneously attending Wake Forest University?” She responded, “Well I am a little crazy, but inspiration is rare and it ignites a passion inside of us that often times we let burn out without even giving ourselves a chance—whether it is because we fear failure or it simply isn’t something we are “expected” or supposed” to do. So even if it seems a little crazy, I think we should all explore our passions and chase our calling in life.
Soup Moms of South Africa is my passion and I am igniting the flame.” Our founder recognized that she needed to harness the energy and creativity of her contemporaries and the diversity and wisdom of her mentors. The leadership board of SMOSA reflects the energy and passion of youth coupled with the wisdom that comes from experience. As members of the SMOSA team often say, “we will all learn and grow together through Ubuntu.”
The leaders of our organization live each and every day in complete service to others; in their own community and through the efforts of SMOSA. It is our love and empathy for others that drives our every action.
We understand that the realization of our vision for South Africa requires a great deal of time, resources, and devotion. We have all pledged to remain steadfast in our efforts to ensure a brighter future for the people of Sir Lowry’s Pass and beyond.
We know that we can’t eliminate hunger and poverty alone. We make an effort to work effectively with each other and other charitable organizations – all the while guided and lifted up by the spirit of Ubuntu.
Inspiration often comes as a complete surprise and from the most unlikely sources. Soup Moms of South Africa was much like that for me. I was a student participating in the Global Lead Program in Cape Town, South Africa when my whole life changed. I met Ms. Cheryl and the children of Sir Lowry’s Pass. It is amazing how much one’s life can change in such a short period of time. As I stood in Sir Lowry’s Pass for the first time on the murky brown dirt road with broken small tin shacks surrounding me, my first thought was, “how can I help these people in only two weeks?” The most incredible two weeks of my entire life flew by and as the time came to say goodbye, I realized something. As the tears streamed down my face and I held the children in my arms, it hit me. These children and selfless mothers gave me the greatest gift of all: self-discovery. They led me to realize my calling in life.
The people of Sir Lowry’s Pass taught me the true meaning of a humble and altruistic life for others. Because of the people of this community, I now dedicate my life, every single day, no matter where I am, to loving, respecting, and serving others. I might be on the other side of the earth, but the people of Sir Lowry’s Pass will always remain in my heart. After seeing the suffering of such loving children and courageous people, I knew that when I came home I had to do something…not just talk about and lament the tragedy over there, but really do something that mattered. That is how Soup Moms of South Africa was born.