Mary’s Meals has delivered over 7 million life-saving meals to people who have been affected by the recent East African food crisis thanks to the amazing generosity of our supporters.
Since full blown famine was declared in Somalia last year, we have been able to provide food aid to more than 40,000 people.
We began transporting nutritious ‘likuni phala’ porridge to the drought stricken region last year in a desperate effort to keep the thousands of starving people who had descended on Mogadishu, the Somalia capital, alive.
When the sacks of food arrive in Mogadishu, the contents are cooked and served by Gift of the Givers, a South African charity and long standing partner of Mary’s Meals.
Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, the founder of Gift of the Givers, praised Mary’s Meals and its supporters saying: “What I saw in the camps in Mogadishu was totally dehumanising. Thousands of people were living in plastic tents with no proper sanitation, no water, no medical care and no food. There were women and children with malaria lying on the ground and a two-year-old child looks like a three-month-old baby, such is the impact of hunger and malnutrition on the body.
“But we have been able to save so many lives, because the supporters of Mary’s Meals have responded to the cries of Africa!”
“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,” he said.
“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.”