The Backpack Project – Mary’s Meals

DSCF2552 (2)  Filling backpacks for Mary’s Meals

 Backpacks filled and donated by the girls of Pyrford Guide and Brownie units


Our support for the Backpack Project links into UN Sustainable Development Goal No. 2:   End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Latest:  Earlier this year, we sent 19 more backpacks to Mary’s Meals and donated many backpack items to help fill backpacks

In May 2017, we donated £100 to Mary’s Meals from Club funds.  In September and November 2017, Soroptimists helped 2nd Pyrford Brownies and 1st Pyrford Guides to fill 38 backpacks for Mary’s Meals.

2 members of our Club walked half the 10-mile route taken by 1st Pyrford Guides to raise money for Mary’s Meals in Spring 2017.  Members of the Club also gave £120 in sponsorship money and attended the Afternoon Tea with Music organised by the Guides in the Arbor Centre.  To date, 1st Pyrford Guides have raised over £800 for Mary’s Meals.   

We have supported the Backpack Project – Mary’s Meals since 2012 when the then President, Elaine Evans, made it her charity for the year.We collect items that children need for school and put them into backpacks to be sent where they are needed. And when the children get to school, the Mary’s Meals Project will ensure they have something to eat.  It’s a simple but effective way to ensure that children from very poor families get some education and a better start in life.

“We love the challenge of finding the right items for the backpacks,” says Elaine, “and wherever possible we’ll buy things from charity shops or upcycle items we already own. It’s the Mary’s Meals way — share what you have with others, efficiently.” If you want to contribute, please contact us.

. Original Elaine and Malcolm-cropped_smaller     In November 2014, Malcolm MacFarlane-Barrow, the CEO and Founder of Mary’s Meals, was given an award at the Ahmadiyya Peace Symposium in Morden, London, for his outstanding work to promote education and relieve poverty.  Members of SI Woking and District attended the Symposium and Elaine Evans, who is an accredited representative for Mary’s Meals in Surrey, was able to congratulate him personally on his award at the Symposium.

Elaine regularly gives inspiring talks about Mary’s Meals and several organisations have begun contributing to the charity as a result. For example, the Guides and Brownies in Pyrford collected and filled 38 backpacks and raised over £800 during 2017.  If you would like her to speak to your organisation, please contact us.

The collecting continues!  To date, Soroptimists in Woking have sent 120 backpacks to Mary’s Meals. A donation of £100 was made in April 2017.