I mentioned in my blog that last year my friends and I set up Charity Children at school and we made felt soaps and candle holders. We had a sale and raised £70 for Mary's Meals enough to feed 7 children for a whole year!

My blog is being read all over the world and some people have said I am very lucky to have lunch at all. They are right. Lots of readers have asked how they can support Charity Children but because I can't make enough felt soaps it is best if you support Mary's Meals directly.

My grandpa says,

'Mary's Meals is a very efficient and effective charity which works with local volunteers to help them provide meals in school for their children. The charity was founded in 2002 by Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, who lives near us in Argyll, Scotland. Now Mary's Meals feeds over 600,000 children in 16 countries, including Malawi, Liberia, Kenya and Haiti. Many of these children go to school for the first time because of this food. How can you go to school when you have to worry about where the next meal is coming from?

It costs just £10.70 (US$16.80) to feed a child in school for a whole year. This is the average cost worldwide. In Malawi, the children are given a mug of Likuni Phala, maize porridge with soya, vitamins and malt extract. If it is all a child gets to eat, which it will be for some children, it is just enough to keep them healthy. It costs only £7 (US$11) to feed a child for a year there. At least 93p in every pound donated is spend directly on this charitable work.'

When Mary's Meals starts doing lunches in a new school they have to build a kitchen first. They cost £7000. I'd really like there to be a NeverSeconds kitchen but maybe it shouldn't be called NeverSeconds because there will be seconds, for everyone!


Updates 4

an update and thank you from Martha

20/12/12 21:59

The BBC documentary 'Martha, Meals and Malawi' airing this weekend on BBC News channel. Saturday 3rd - 05.30; 14.30; and 21.30 Sunday 4th - 03.30; 10.30; 14.30; 23.30 Monday 5th - 01.30 Hope you manage to catch it! Martha and Dave

02/11/12 09:37

Thanks for all your support. BBC Scotland made a TV documentary called 'Martha, Meals and Malawi' airing on BBC News channel all this weekend (3rd & 4th Nov). Catch it if you can and see how your donations have been put to fabulous use by Mary's Meals.

29/10/12 14:11

Thank you for making the Friends of NeverSeconds kitchen at Lirangwe school happen! Visiting the school in Malawi in October. Will share the trip on the blog. Very excited to be finalist in the Great Scot Awards. In Malawi at time of ceremony but hope to win for all at Lirangwe!

25/08/12 09:48

Raising money for

Mary’s Meals

Mary’s Meals

Charity Registration No. SC022140

Mary’s Meals is an international movement that sets up school feeding projects in communities where poverty and hunger prevent children from gaining an education. The charity now feeds more than 868,000 children every school day and it costs just £12.20 / €14.50 / $19.50 to feed a child for a year.

Donations 7779

Donation by Anonymous on 10/03/14

Donation by Anonymous on 03/03/14


Good on you Mary

Donation by Helen kvelde on 26/02/14


Donation by Steve on 21/02/14


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Donation by Iain on 08/02/14


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Donation by Langrehr Larry on 07/02/14


Donation by Anonymous on 03/02/14


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Donation by Anonymous on 30/01/14


The power of blogging sharing and caring! You are going to be an amazing writer or whatever you would like to be! Go Martha!

Donation by Anonymous on 27/01/14


People checking blog to see it reach ten million hits, not many donating. A small update to your blog could make all the difference Martha

Donation by Gill Windsor on 26/01/14


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Donation by Anonymous on 20/01/14


+ £5.35 Gift Aid

(a slightly late) Merry Christmas

Donation by Chris on 18/01/14


+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Great work Martha, Great Work Marys Meals.

Donation by Goose & S.S. on 16/01/14


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Donation by Anonymous on 14/01/14


Donation by Glynne Blaik on 11/01/14


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Martha, You are amazing!

Donation by Rae Stang on 10/01/14


Thank you, Martha, for bringing this very deserving charity some extra publicity and thank you for helping me to hear about it so that I can make this small donation.

Donation by Tim Skingle on 07/01/14


A slightly late Christmas present for Brita who told me about this charity

Donation by Torben on 06/01/14


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We saw your talk in Lucky Peach's "Guts" insert! I plan on sharing it with my 4th grade students. Thanks for the inspiration!

Donation by Renee R on 02/01/14

Martha I was one of your early donators and am so pleased people are still giving. It is lovely that one small person, you, can get people giving and make such a difference in other's lives.

Donation by Lois M from Wisconsin, USA on 01/01/14


Well Done to you all

Donation by Chris and Bill Tyler on 26/12/13


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Merry Christmas

Donation by Cara on 24/12/13


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Having just donated via the Scotsman Appeal reminded me of you. Am delighted to see that your appeal is still running and doing so well. Hope you are also doing well. Have a very happy Christmas

Donation by Joanna on 22/12/13


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

My Christmas bonus. Happy Christmas to you Martha

Donation by WM on 20/12/13


Well Done Martha, always a pleasure to give a little through your page.

Donation by Well Done Veg on 17/12/13


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Donation summary

  • * Online donations£128,042.62
  • Offline donations£3,720.00
  • Text donations£65.00
  • Total raised£131,827.62
  • Gift Aid£21,639.30

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