What can a bowl of soup do to people’s lives? It was from the feeling shared by a group of friends that the soup became not only a meal, but also organization, affection and solidarity. The Sopa de Maria Project has existed since 2014, taking food to the outskirts of the Recife Metropolitan Region.
They meet every Monday to distribute soup to more than five hundred homeless people. “Maria’s soup is a movement. Soup is a movement that started with a religious spark and has expanded. People go to the soup, many looking for food, others looking for the gospel moment, for the moment of orientation”, highlights the coordinator of Sopa de Maria, Elaine Silva.
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This movement not only acts on the need for food, but understands that the lack of responsibility of the public power does not guarantee a dignified life and social rights for the people who need it most. Therefore, in addition to the soup, the volunteers also distribute care and affection to those who do not have access to fundamental rights to survive.
“People need to be seen. Knowing that there is someone there who cares, knowing that someone is watching. Because, during all this time, taking the soup, what marks us the most is the meeting with people and how much people wait for us”, points out the coordinator, who believes that the project represents more than soup. “Many times it doesn’t just depend on that bowl of soup that they will receive and that tomorrow will no longer be available. On Tuesday there is none, on Wednesday there is none, on Thursday there is none. But it’s the attention, it’s the care, it’s knowing that every Monday we’ll be there”
After the disaster of the rains in Recife, the project helped to distribute at least 400 meals a day in the shelters with the help of volunteers like Joanna Guimarães, who collaborates in Sopa de Maria since 2017. “I learn a lot more than what I will present to people . It’s not just food, it’s not juice, it’s not a cup of coffee, it’s not soup. We pay attention to these people and receive it too. And I always say that I have learned much more than I have taught them. And then I intend not to stop,” she highlights.
To get to know and become a volunteer for the Sopa de Maria Project, get in touch through the social networks. For donations via PIX, the key is to phone (81) 98758-3381.
Source: BdF Pernambuco
Editing: Elen Carvalho