Mary’s Meals provides life-changing meals to some of the world’s poorest children every day. Their vision is that every child receives one daily meal in their place of education and that all those who have more than they need, share with those who lack even the most basic things.
Priory of the Poor Knights of Christ is making a restricted donation to support the school feeding project in Thailand, which feeds the children of Burmese migrant workers in three schools outside Bangkok. These children and their families are often exploited for cheap manual labour and are trapped in dire poverty. Of the 2.5 million Burmesemigrants living in Thailand, the official number of children is around 200,000,although in reality it may be far more. Of these 200,000, less than a quarter have regular access to education.
Mary’s Meals act as an incentive for these families to send their children to school, rather than sending them to work in casual labour jobs that can be dangerous and prevent them from gaining an education. By providing a daily meal in a place of learning, they meet the immediate needs of hungry children and encourage them to go to school to gain an education that can, in the future, be their ladder out of poverty.