Scottish-based charity Mary's Meals has received a £425,000 funding boost thanks to players of People's Postcode Lottery. This will help to provide life-changing school meals for some of the world's poorest children.
Part of the award is being used to provide 9,000 impoverished children around the world with daily meals for a whole school year. The remaining funding will support the development of Mary's Meals as it grows to reach more hungry children.
Mary's Meals runs school feeding programmes in 15 countries to enable chronically hungry children to gain an education that can set them free from poverty in the future.
The £425,000 cheque was handed over at a presentation in Dalmally, Argyll, at the shed which still serves as Mary's Meals' global headquarters. In attendance were:
- Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, Global Chief Executive of Mary's Meals,
- People's Postcode Lottery players Tracey Black and Gilli Chrystal, and
- Callum Aitken, Programmes Advisor with People's Postcode Lottery.
Magnus said, "We are incredibly thankful to players of People's Postcode Lottery for sharing in our belief that every child should have enough to eat and an education. Together, we are giving hungry children the chance to fulfil their hopes and dreams for the future."
Mary's Meals began feeding 200 children in one school in Malawi in 2002, and now reaches over 1.2 Million children in their place of education.
Players of People's Postcode Lottery are a key supporter of Mary's Meals and a series of awards from its Postcode African Trust has so far allowed the charity to reach thousands of hungry children across Africa.
Callum said, "It's incredible that players of the lottery have raised more than £1.2 Million to date for Mary's Meals.
"I think it's really great that winners of the lottery have had an opportunity to meet with a charity they are helping to support to understand the impact of funding. Mary's Meals has gone from strength to strength since its beginnings in Dalmally and everyone at the lottery is humbled to play a part in this charity's story."
Working in partnership with local communities, Mary's Meals provides school feeding in countries including Malawi, Kenya, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Syria and Lebanon.
In Malawi alone, more than 80,000 volunteers take turns to cook huge pots of vitamin-enriched maize porridge, which is served to the children every school day.
The daily meal in school is a powerful incentive for children to come to school and in many places it is a lifeline for children caught up in conflict and extreme poverty.
For more information on Mary's Meals, please visit www.marysmeals.org.uk.