Woman help­ing to feed most-vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple

Western Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - DANIELLE CLENT

A west Auck­land woman has set up a project to help the com­mu­nity’s most vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple.

Lise-Marie Sch­midt started One for Many in Septem­ber in an ef­fort to reach out to peo­ple beg­ging in Kel­ston.

Sch­midt said the project’s name came from the idea that one can of food could be used to feed many peo­ple.

In­spi­ra­tion for the project came after she saw peo­ple feed­ing the home­less in the city.

‘‘If they can do it, I can also do it.’’

But she wasn’t just feed­ing those in need, she also wanted to ex­pe­ri­ence their way of life.

At times, she would sim­ply sit with peo­ple as they begged and lis­ten to what they had to say.

‘‘They only need com­pany. They only need some­one to lis­ten,’’ she said.

‘‘Just be there and see how they feel. They will open up to you.’’

Sch­midt also planned to spend a night sleep­ing on the streets with the home­less.

‘‘I want to have their ex­pe­ri­ence of what it’s like to be like that.’’

Al­though ner­vous to sleep on the streets, Sch­midt said it was some­thing she needed to do to fully im­merse her­self in the project.


Lise-Marie Sch­midt with Peter Vuletich, left, one of the peo­ple she helps feed.

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