Christian Aid decided to change the name of this event to emphasise that we’re offering delicious homemade soups, rather than an austere meal.
You might ask ‘What’s it for?’ Of course, it all contributes to international aid, both long term projects and emergency aid. The latter includes many of those disasters, natural and man-made, that suddenly appear on our screens and as suddenly disappear, often replaced by another crisis in another part of the world.
Who remembers Columbia’s and the Congo’s strife of 2016, the hurricane damage of Haiti and the torrential rains displacing tens of thousands across Asia in 2017? These and many more stricken areas need help with clean water, housing, education and simply kick-starting ways of making a living.
It is hard to imagine the heart-ache and deprivation of these people, or to understand how so many manage to hold on to their dignity – they want and need a hand-up, not a hand-out.
In most cases Christian Aid works with other international charities and non-government agencies, working directly with those who need the support.
Romsey’s input is very small – a few thousand pounds collected each year from congregations and the public – but it all adds up, and it also gives us a chance to show some empathy with those less fortunate.
Given the level of need around the world and our relative good fortune, how about joining us at one or more of the five Souper Soup events throughout Lent? There will be good soup, good company and a good cause, all for less than an hour of your time in the centre of Romsey.