Hungry kids in Malawi, who now have the chance of a brighter future thanks to the incredible efforts of nine-year-old Martha Payne and her friends, have sent a heartfelt message of thanks.
Martha and supporters of her NeverSeconds blog have raised over £115,000 for Mary’s Meals and worldwide awareness of the charity, which provides a daily meal to hungry children in some of the world’s poorest countries where poverty and hunger prevent them from getting an education.
The incredible support for Martha’s NeverSeconds blog will see around 10,000 children in total receive a daily meal in some of the world’s poorest countries where poverty and hunger prevent them from getting an education.
As a result of donations to Martha’s online giving page, the money raised will also be used to build a kitchen shelter and feed an entire school for a year at Lirangwe Primary School in Blantyre, Malawi, as part of Mary’s Meals’ Sponsor a School initiative.
Pupils at Lirangwe Primary, were excited to hear the news and gave Martha and her supporters a huge message of thanks. On the blackboard at their school, they wrote: “Thank you Martha and your friends” and sang songs in appreciation of the support received.
Martha has chosen to name her kitchen in Malawi as ‘Friends of NeverSeconds’ in recognition of the worldwide support which she is receiving. Commenting on the amazing response to her blog, Martha said: “It’s really good because it can feed lots of children for a long time.
“Calling the kitchen ‘Friends of NeverSeconds’ is important as it’s a thank you to everyone who has supported me and Mary’s Meals. Mary’s Meals is a very simple charity and it can achieve so much with so very little.”
In Malawi, Mary’s Meals provides children with a daily mug of likuni phala, a nutritious type of porridge supplemented with additional vitamins and minerals, to fill their empty bellies and to attract them to the classroom where they can get an education which can lift them out of poverty in later life.
It costs Mary’s Meals a global average of just £10.70 (€12.40/$16.80) to feed a hungry child for an entire school year. The charity provides a daily meal to over 650,000 kids every school day in 16 of the world’s poorest countries, including Malawi, Liberia, Kenya, India and Haiti.