Celebrating dads this Father’s Day

From Syria to Malawi – the fathers bringing hope to hungry children. 

Back to all stories | Posted on 15 Jun 2018 in Blog

Omar, Hiba and their five children managed to escape from the fighting in Syria. They now live in Lebanon where the children enjoy a healthy sandwich wrap from Mary’s Meals at school. 

“I want my children to be open-minded. I want my kids to get a good education and to be employed, with a secure future.  

“The children are very happy to be going to school and getting the sandwiches from Mary’s Meals. I am happy as a father that someone is teaching them and feeding them. Thank you for helping.” 

In Kenya, lots of our cooks are men. Like Paul Njuguna who has been a Mary’s Meals cook at Mwiruti Primary School for two years and is a parent of children at the school.  

He said: “I enjoy being a cook for Mary’s Meals. In the morning the children leave for school with nothing at all. At lunchtime they play more than at any other time – the food is giving them energy. Education is like a key to their future life."

Solomon, a shepherd from the Tigray region of Ethiopia, is a strong believer in the power of education. The father-of-five didn’t get the chance to go to school himself, but he does not want his own children to miss out. He would like them all to complete their education and enjoy a better quality of life. 

“Our children lead us because they are educated,” he says. 

Every day, Goodson faces a new battle to provide for his wife and daughter. 

Despite his own hardships, Goodson volunteers his time to serve Mary’s Meals at his local primary school.  

He says: “Phala (porridge) is important because it gives the children strength and energy.” 

Ataklti Weldu is head teacher at Barka Primary School, one of three schools in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia where children recently began receiving Mary’s Meals for the very first time.  

Speaking ahead of Mary’s Meals being served at the school, the father-of-two had no doubt that school feeding will make a massive difference to the lives of local children – including his eight-year-old daughter Heron. 

“By nature, children want to come to school,” he says. “They love school. If there was a feeding programme, children would never miss classes. They would be here always.”