So Others May Eat (SOME)
By Chips & Tito Cordelli
Every Wednesday for the past 23 years something very unique and empowering takes place in the rear courtyard patio of the Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel. Two distinct groups come together for an afternoon lunch; one group of more than 150 elderly people from 30 communities who are in desperate need of a healthy meal and another group of volunteers who prepare soup and assemble a hot plateful of balanced-diet food. For many of these elderly, who have traveled miles on foot from outside of town on canes and wooden walking sticks and arrived parched and hungry, this is the highlight of their week and all are smiles as they join in songs and prayers before lunch is served.
Joe and Antoinette Lim spearheaded this project in 1989, and for more than two decades it has shown no sign of slowing. This year they received the Citizens of the Year award from Rotary Club for their “service above self.” The Lims are effectively reaching out to this aging sector of the society and engaging them in a dialogue of sharing and community interaction to enrich their lives with food and friends. Each Wednesday lunch is an important community-building effort that brings together familiar faces to share a meal, share songs, share love, with a grand effort and great rewards. It inspires the elderly to be leaders and storytellers based on their life experiences and to give back to their own communities by inspiring the younger generations to win back lost family values and focus on their education in order to break the cycle of their poverty. Through this mentoring they can restore their sense of pride and reaffirm themselves as active and contributing members of society and help alleviate their feeling of isolation and loneliness.
SOME has been a great success and has helped thousands of needy families, served over 200,000 hot meals, distributed thousands of shawls, blankets, shoes, socks and personal hygiene supplies. SOME also helps ladies’ sewing groups and entrepreneur groups and has just inaugurated a learning center at the community Puerto de Nieto.
Though it has been a proven success over the years, it has not been an easy road and more financial help is needed.
By January 2013, SOME will add one more day to feed the elderly people and will open up a fellowship center for the youth. For more information on how you can help, visit www.soothersmayeatmexico.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.