The Yellow River Soup Kitchen is a not for profit non government organisation. A secular organisation that is open to everybody, it is wholly run by volunteers for volunteers and as such has no overheads of any description so that 100% of all donations are passed directly on to those in most need. Our objective is to organise or source a variety of projects with the aim of bringing together two specific groups of people; namely those with a desire to serve and those that are in need. Thus providing an opportunity, a vehicle, support and empowerment, to enable volunteers to channel their energies for the benefit of others whilst at the same time achieving personal growth and development. Facilitating the opportunity to cultivate a small change inside potentially manifesting in a larger change outside.
The simplest of acts can spread far and wide touching many people in the process. A kind action carried out from the heart whether it simply be a smile or it be helping somebody in desperate need, can be a very powerful experience for all that encounter it. Even though some may only be passive observers the purity of the action can be carried along through them to touch many others in turn. In the same way that as a pebble is dropped in a pond the ripples will spread far and wide, the Yellow River Soup Kitchen logo is based on this concept.
We cannot assist everybody in all the areas of their need but if we persevere perhaps we can make just a small difference to some of the people that we encounter. As single individuals we can reach only a limited number of people but if those people in turn connect with others then a chain reaction is created. So together as the Yellow River Soup Kitchen if we can drop just a few small pebbles in a few ponds then who knows how far those ripples may spread and how many people they may touch along the way.
We have found positive energy to be extremely contagious; long may it continue to be so.
Some of our achievements to date are as follows:
Total of 2,580 projects over the first 15 years
Served around 180,000 meals since our inception
Delivered aid to approx. 60,000 people in rural mountain villages
Delivered over 112 wheelchairs to the elderly and disabled
Weekly provide free medical care and arranged treatments or operations for over 27 homeless people
Supplied & fitted 12 prosthetic limbs
Helped over 98 homeless people find work & street children return home
Repaired a rural village school
Regularly run children's sports days in rural mountain villages, orphanages and have arranged several children’s city visits
Over 13,700 volunteers have joined our projects