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Mary’s Meals and NeverSeconds’ Martha Payne

Thanks to the incredible fundraising efforts of nine-year-old Martha Payne and her supporters, enough money has now been raised to build a kitchen shelter, feed an entire school, and now provide Mary’s Meals to thousands more hungry children for a whole school year!

The nine-year-old has been raising awareness of our work through her blog NeverSeconds

A Mary’s Meals spokesperson said: “Martha’s support for Mary’s Meals has been incredible and we are extremely grateful for everything that she has done to help us reach some of the hungriest children in the world.

“We are overwhelmed by the huge response to her efforts which has led to so many more people donating to her online donation page. Thanks to this fantastic support, Martha has now raised enough money to build a kitchen in Malawi and to feed an entire school with Mary’s Meals for a whole year as part of our Sponsor A School initiative.

“On top of that, Martha and her friends have also raised enough to feed around thousands more hungry children in some of the world’s poorest countries for a whole school year.

“It is amazing to see support continue to flood in and to know that for every £10.70 raised, it will be enough to provide Mary’s Meals to another child for an entire year. Any support, no matter how small, can help us make a real difference by giving so many hungry children the chance of a brighter future.

“Mary Meals is a global movement that sets up school feeding projects in some of the world’s poorest communities where hunger and poverty stop children from gaining an education.”

The fact Martha has broken her original target means we have been able to allocate her a school in Malawi, the African country where Mary’s Meals feeds more than 540,000 children every school day. As well as being able to build a brand new shelter, thanks to Martha and her supporters, we will also be able to feed all the 1,963 pupils at Lirangwe Primary School in Blantyre, Malawi for an entire school year!

The new kitchen which will be built in Malawi as a result of Martha’s efforts will be named ‘Friends of NeverSeconds’ as a recognition of the worldwide support which she has received.

All remaining donations will go towards feeding as many hungry children as possible with Mary’s Meals in some of the world’s poorest countries. So far, over 5,000 more kids will receive Mary’s Meals for a whole school year thanks to the incredible support given.

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