The Backpack Project appeals to schools, clubs, businesses, churches and individuals to fill backpacks with basic educational materials to send to children receiving Mary’s Meals. Most of the children who benefit from Mary’s Meals and the Backpack Project have suffered war, poverty, famine, or natural disaster. Very often families cannot afford to buy basic things like pencils and copy books, or even suitable clothes for their children to wear to school. And so their children miss out on school and an education. A simple backpack with educational materials can be a lifeline to these children as studies show that an education is the best way a chronically poor child can escape poverty in later life.
SUPPORTING THE BACKPACK PROJECT
Schools and clubs throughout the UK who have recently supported the Backpack Project in the past few months.
The Backpack Project is a low cost way to give.
You don’t need to fill a full backpack, even just a few items from the list will help someone to go to school. As all the backpacks are sorted before they are distributed, these ‘extras’ will be used to top up those backpacks that are missing something. We also encourage that, where possible, items are good quality second hand, or from a value range.
What the Backpack means to a child in Africa
There are 300 million chronically hungry children in the world – most do not go to school. Research shows that basic education is the single most effective way of escaping the poverty trap, and the Backpack Project provides basic school items enabling children to attend school and learn. Mary’s Meals and the Backpack Project are proving to be a simple solution to world hunger.
Donating a Backpack
Taking part in the Backpack Project is a great way to recycle and can be used as a way of participating in the eco-school inititative as well as being an enterprise and citizenship project. We have already delivered over 150,000 donated backpacks to Malawi, Liberia, Uganda and Romania. Your donated backpack will be helping the world’s poorest children. For more information you can download our Backpack Project FAQ below:
Nursery, Primary, Secondary Schools
A number of resources are available for schools on the School and Club Resources page>
Colleges and Universities
Your College or University can get involved in Mary’s Meals and the Backpack Project.
Clubs, workplaces, other organisations
Perhaps your scout or guide group could arrange a collection of backpacks. For information on corporate support click here >
There are a number of resources available to support the Backpack Project and to help you promote your backpack collection.
The A5 Backpack Project flyer can be viewed and downloaded opposite and below are a number of other resources you can download including event posters, colouring drawings for children, FAQ, Teachers Guide and more…
If you are interested in participating or if you would like more information, then please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0800 698 1212.
In some areas across the UK, we can provide a speaker to talk to school and community groups about the project. Please get in touch to see if we are in your area.