Mary’s Meals is an exciting charity that provides a meal a day in a place of education for nearly 1 million children in third world countries. This ensures that the children have a good diet which gives them the strength to concentrate, learn and attain an education; academic performance and attendance rates dramatically increase when the provision of meals is introduced.
We have been supporting this charity for the last three years through fundraising events such as Quiz Nights, Treasure Hunts, Coffee Mornings and Jewellery Parties as the money raised is used by the charity to buy locally grown food which helps the small-holder farmers in each region. The average cost to feed a child for a whole school year is just £12.20. For many children this is the only meal they receive that day.
The children also need the tools to assist them in their studies and the Backpack Project is the more practical and proactive way to engage local schools and groups in our area in providing essential items. Each backpack is filled with the following items:
– A notepad
– A pencil case with pens, pencils, crayons, ruler, sharpener & eraser
– A towel, soap, toothbrush & toothpaste
– Shorts or skirt, T-shirt or dress, with flip-flops or sandals
– A small ball
– A spoon
Work has been carried out with a number of schools to enthuse the staff and children to collect these items and more schools have requested that we come to them through the feedback they have received from fellow teachers.