Players of People’s Postcode Lottery are fighting hunger at 10 schools in Malawi

Generous funding award ensures a daily meal in school for thousands of hungry children.

Thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery across the UK, more than 24,600 children attending 10 schools in Blantyre, Malawi will receive a nutritious daily meal in their place of education.

Every child enrolled at each school – Chigumula Primary School; Chivumbe Primary School; Kachanga Primary School; Manja Primary School; Mbira Primary School; Namame Primary School, Namiwawa Primary School; Ndirande Primary School; Ntenjera Primary School; and Nyambadwe Primary School – will receive a nutritious cup of likuni phala porridge every day they attend class, thanks to the funding from players.

By providing a daily meal in a place of education, Mary’s Meals attracts children to the classroom – often for the first time – where they can learn skills that can help them to escape poverty in the future.

Children like Judith Chilemba, 13, who lives with her mother and two younger siblings in Manje village, Malawi. She lost her father in 2014. “He was the main earner for the family,” said Judith. “When he passed away we began to have a lot of difficulties living at home. I still miss him very much, but he always encouraged me to study hard and I want to make him proud.”

She attends nearby Namame Primary School where she receives daily a mug of porridge prepared by volunteers. Lessons at Namame Primary School start at 7.30am and Mary’s Meals’ committed volunteers begin serving the likuni phala to eager, hungry children from 9.30am. Judith said: “The porridge is so tasty and the volunteers cook it so well. It gives all of us learners’ strength when we are weak and we can easily focus on our lessons till the end of the day.”

Judith is an intelligent, articulate girl with a great concern for Malawi’s future generations. She said: “Mary’s Meals is really important for the children of Malawi as most of them have no food at home and without Mary’s Meals they would not come to school.”

She is determined to pass her final year at Namame Primary School with the highest grade in the region. Judith said: “If I achieve the highest grade in the region I will be selected for secondary school which means I can continue my dream of becoming a nurse to help the sick.

“Achieving this dream is so important to me because when I grow older and hopefully have children, they will see their mother as educated and working to benefit the community of Malawi.”

Thanks to players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, Judith is edging ever closer to her dream.

Hannah Stewart, Head of Fundraising at Mary’s Meals, said: “We’re so grateful to the players of People’s Postcode Lottery for this generous funding, which will help young learners like Judith to reach their true potential.

“The impact of this gift will be felt by children and their families across 10 impoverished communities in the world’s poorest country. On behalf of those communities, I’d like to thank the players.”