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 5

Just added over £10,000! Thanks Lidl for suporting me as Youing Fundraiser of the Year at the Pride of Britain awards and to Cargo for another chunk from my book! Brilliant! Thank you!

28/04/14 07:40

an update and thank you from Martha

20/12/12 09:59

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 02:11

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 1,101,000 children every school day and it costs just £12.20 / €14.50 / $19.50 to feed a child for a year.

Raising money for

Run by Mary’s Meals

Charity Registration No. SC022140

Donations 7846

Donation by Anonymous on 11/03/16


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Donation by Anonymous on 09/03/16


+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Because God is powerful change is possible - Middo

Donation by Anonymous on 09/01/16


+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Donation by Barton family on 24/12/15


+ £62.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 22/12/15


Donation by Anonymous on 18/12/15


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 16/12/15

My Christmas wish: another blog entry. :-)

Donation by Pell on 05/12/15


Team work around the world at it's best. Well done Martha and everyone, keep it going.

Donation by Della on 23/10/15

Donation by The Discussion Den on 14/09/15


Great work Martha! I'll be thinking of those children when I eat my lunch from now on too

Donation by Anonymous on 10/09/15

Thank you, Martha, for all you have done and are still doing.

Donation by Anonymous on 10/09/15


In memory of my dad, Bill E.

Donation by Troy E. on 15/08/15


I was very impressed by your attitude.

Donation by Mai Hirano on 11/08/15


Donation by Anonymous on 04/08/15

Donation by Anonymous on 25/07/15

In memory of my Mum

Donation by Alasdair on 20/07/15


+ £7.00 Gift Aid

Donation by S Austin on 27/06/15


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

keep it up Martha.

Donation by Chris on 01/06/15


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

What we're saving through free school dinners for KS1 in the UK

Donation by ak on 21/05/15


+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Keep up the wonderful work

Donation by Didi on 17/05/15


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 02/05/15


Hope this will help! (Fin, 9)

Donation by Carol Stobie and son Finlay McIlwraith on 04/04/15


+ £3.75 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 02/04/15


Donation by Anonymous on 30/03/15


+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£130,632.12
  • Offline donations£14,420.00
  • Text donations£65.00
  • Total raised£145,117.12
  • Gift Aid£21,953.80

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