This year 200 and something people giving 1% of their income each month will feed 160,000 lunches to children who may otherwise go hungry.

Working with Mary’s Meals, our small collective will sponsor 812 children giving them the chance to gain an all-important education, without the distraction of hunger. We’ll fundraise over two months to reach our target, once in June and again in November.

Mary’s Meals is a simple idea that works – by providing a daily meal in a place of education, children from the world’s poorest communities are attracted into the classroom where they can gain a basic education that provides an escape route from poverty.

Research shows that schools which serve Mary’s Meals have higher enrolment, better attendance and improved academic performance. Mary’s Meals is owned and run by local communities, who cook and serve the meals. They have more than 80,000 volunteers in Malawi alone. Wherever possible, meals are made with locally grown food, which helps to boost the local economy.

We’ll sponsor three Mary’s Meals schools this year. Chitakale Primary School is in Southern Malawi and has 231 pupils, 7 teachers, 4 permanent classrooms as well as trees on the school grounds where pupils can take lessons. Kalopa Primary School in Northern Malawi has 379 pupils, 5 teachers and 4 classrooms. Dudu Town Public School in Liberia has 200 pupils, 9 teachers, 8 permanent classrooms and a community field where the children play. All three schools have seen increased enrollment and attendance the feeding programme began.