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Helping Hungry Children

Charity Mary’s Meals is changing the lives of hungry children around the world
Sarah and Sibongile with their mother

Generous players of People's Postcode Lottery have raised £2.7 Million for Mary's Meals, which is helping the charity transform the lives of hungry children with the promise of a daily meal in school.

Thanks to the support of Postcode International Trust, Mary's Meals has been able to reach more children in places like Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Zambia, Madagascar, Uganda, Ethiopia, and South Sudan. 

Education And Escape

Mary's Meals supplies one good meal every school day for children living in some of the world's poorest countries. The promise of these meals attracts impoverished children to the classroom, where they can gain an education which can help them escape poverty in later life.

More than two million children, across 19 countries around the world where the charity works, currently receive a life-changing daily meal.

Zambia is just one African country where Mary's Meals is making a big difference thanks to player support.  

Sibongile And Sarah

Sibongile (aged 13) and Sarah (10) live with their mother and siblings in a farming village near the border with Malawi. The sisters look very alike but while Sibongile (a star student at the top of her class) is outgoing and laughs a lot, her younger sister is very quietly spoken.

The girls face many struggles, like the four-hour round trip they must make to walk to school. Sibongile has black pumps that are too big for her and Sarah wears rubber sandals.

In November, the area usually floods, making this journey even more difficult. But both walk to school knowing that they can fill their stomachs with a nutritious meal which will help them to concentrate on their lessons.

Sibongile said, "I eat my porridge at 11am. If there's no leftover food from the night before that will be the first time I eat."

It's not just the sisters that make the long daily journey. Their uncle Zulu is one of ten volunteers who cook at the school to ensure all the children are fed. He explains, "In the absence of Mary's Meals most of the pupils wouldn't be going to school. It's really attracting the pupils and improving the attendance."

Sibongile dreams of being a nurse so she can help people and look towards a brighter future. The incredible generosity from our players is helping Mary's Meals keep its promise to children like Sibongile and Sarah.

Double The Love

People can now make additional donations to Mary's Meals go even further. Mary's Meals has launched its Double The Love campaign which will see all donations made before 31st January 2022 doubled. This is thanks to a group of generous supporters who have promised to match donations, up to £1.6 Million. If you'd like to help this fantastic charity do even more good, and support more children, check out the Double The Love Donation page.

Making A Difference

People's Postcode Lottery players are helping deserving causes make a difference every single day. Read more about the range of Charities which our players support.

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Published: 15/11/2021

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