A further shipment of life saving food from Mary’s Meals is on its way to Somalia to help starving children and families affected by the severe food crisis.
It is the latest batch of help provided by Mary’s Meals which has teamed up with the African relief agency Gift of the Givers in a desperate effort to keep over 40,000 people alive.
The 480 tonne shipment of nutritious maize-based porridge Likuni Phala – the same food we provide to children at our school feeding projects in Malawi – will be delivered to Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, where tens of thousands of people have fled to in search of food.
We have been working with Gift of the Givers since last September to provide life saving meals for those affected by the famine in Somalia. As planned from the beginning of the emergency response in Somalia, Mary’s Meals will phase out these shipments of food by the middle of the year, by when the worst of the crisis should be over. We will close our public appeal by the end of May.
The further food aid which has left from Durban in South Africa to Mogadishu, brings the total amount of food bought by Mary’s Meals so far to nearly 700 tonnes – the equivalent of over 6.8 million meals.
Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, chief executive of Mary’s Meals, said: “We are extremely grateful that we have been able to respond to the relief operation during the time of the acute crisis thanks to the amazing support and the generosity of our supporters.
“Meanwhile we continue to focus our work in the poorest communities around the world where families, who cannot feed their children, are facing emergency situations every day.
“We provide daily school meals for such children in places like Haiti, Liberia, Kenya and India, where poor children miss school because they are working in fields, begging on street corners and looking after their younger siblings at home.”
Mary’s Meals feeds over 600,000 children every school day and at the same time draws them into the classroom where they can gain an education which can be their ladder out of poverty.
Gift of the Givers has been providing medical assistance in hospitals and has set up four feeding camps within Mogadishu, which are now catering for 40,000 malnourished people. We have been able to directly reach those in need in Somalia thanks to our partnership with Gift of the Givers which has been able to gain secure entry and exit.