We'll feed 1,451 hungry children every school day this year
The £6,082.73 raised in February will be the first of two contributions towards keeping 1,451 children well-fed and in school for the whole of 2016.
This year, we will once again partner with Mary's Meals and sponsor four schools in Malawi and Liberia ensuring hungry children get a meal and an education. Without our support, these children could be working in fields, begging on street corners, or even scavenging among the garbage just to survive.
We are all about numbers and these figures speak for themselves:
6p - The average cost to feed a child with vitamin-enriched maize porridge
£12.20 - The average global cost of feeding a child for a whole school year
59 million - The number of children missing school today due to poverty
47.6% - The increase in enrollment in just one of our sponsored schools
1,451 – the number of happy children our members will feed with their 1% for the next six months
“I am so happy that Mary’s Meals has come here! I wasn’t able to come to school before because I would get very dizzy, have headaches and my legs would shake, and I would have to tell the teacher I couldn’t concentrate and was going home. But the phala [the vitamin- enriched maize porridge Mary’s Meals serves in Malawi] makes me full and I am a very happy girl! It makes the walk to school much easier and I can focus on doing well in class. My dream is that I can grow up and become a nurse, because I know what it’s like to be sick, and I want to help sick people get better.”
Patuma Macheso, 13 years old, the millionth child to receive Mary’s Meals
Mary’s Meals is an international movement that sets up school feeding projects in communities where poverty and hunger prevent children from gaining an education. The charity now feeds 2,058,099 children every school day and it costs just £15.90 to feed a child for a school year. We sponsored our first school with Mary’s Meals in 2011 and have been working with them ever since.