Woman helping to feed most-vulnerable people
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.