The Rotary Club of Gravesend is pleased and proud to support Mary’s Meals.
This charity, based in Scotland, aims is to provide as many children as possible with a nutritious meal in their place of education.
Mary’s Meals uses locally produced vegetables and volunteer labour to provide these meals to some of the poorest children in the world.
£13.90 is enough to provide a meal for a child for the whole school year!
This charity provides 1,187,104 meals every school day throughout the world!!!
Every individual child has their own unique story to tell about the difference Mary’s Meals has made for them. One of these children is Gilbert from Malawi, who has benefitted massively from the generosity of supports around the world.
Gilbert is an orphan. His mother died after suffering an illness and his father died in an accident while working as a fisherman. Gilbert does not know what age he is.
Until recently, Gilbert often missed school, being forced instead to take whatever work he could find in order to earn just enough to survive.
However, since Mary’s Meals started feeding at Gilbert’s local school, Lirangwe Primary near Blantyre his life has changed and he goes to school every day, where he is guaranteed a nutritious meal and is able to learn.
Gilbert says ‘I want to study hard and become the president of Malawi, so I can develop this country and give food to my people, so they will no longer suffer’
The Rotary Club of Gravesend donated £500 to this very worthy cause.
A quick update at May 2020
The Rotary Club of Gravesend has continued to support Mary’s Meals.
Amazingly in spite of the many difficulties Mary’s Meals is still supplying food for children in some of the poorest parts of the world.
Originally meals were provided to encourage children to attend school and it has worked.
Since the Corona virus pandemic nearly all the schools have been closed. However, still more than 1 million children who usually eat meals at school will receive nutritious food at home.
Look at some posts about our support for Mary’s Meals:
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Chris Keeble (2017)