Milestone moment for The Backpack Project

Mary’s Meals supporters gift 500,000 bags through The Backpack Project.

Back to all stories | Posted on 05 Feb 2018 in News

Our wonderful supporters have now gifted an incredible 500,000 school bags through The Backpack Project

Since its launch in 2005, The Backpack Project has captured the hearts and imagination of people of all ages, with thousands of supporters filling bags with educational and hygiene items for children receiving Mary’s Meals in Malawi. 

Getting involved in The Backpack Project is a great way to recycle used school bags, uniforms and education supplies. A filled backpack provides a wonderful gift to an impoverished child and encourages them to excel at school. 

The 500,000th backpack was recently handed out during a Mary’s Meals visit to Junior Primary schools Chigubudu and Ngabu, in the south of Malawi.

Lagia receives her backpack

Delighted Lagia Navala, 13, a pupil at Ngabu Primary School, said: “I’m so happy because I have received a backpack. Inside, I found a dress, pens and a hardcover book. I will use the bag every day to carry pens, and books when I am coming to school.”

Rex Bwemba, head teacher of Ngabu Primary School, added: “The learners are so happy today after receiving these gifts. They will use these items every day and they will encourage them to come to school, this is a great day for our school.” 

The Backpack Project complements the main focus of our work, which is to provide daily school meals for the world’s poorest children. 

Each carefully packed backpack means so much to the child who receives it.
Thank you!

Send your backpack on an amazing journey