Scottish Minister sees “remarkable difference” created by Mary’s Meals in Malawi

“It’s been wonderful to see the difference that a nutritious daily meal in school, provided by Mary’s Meals, is making towards helping young people in Malawi to get the best from their education."

Back to all stories | Posted on 27 Sep 2018 in News

Scotland’s Minister for International Development was welcomed to Mpangweni Primary School, in Malawi, to see the life-changing work of Mary’s Meals up close.

Ben Macpherson MSP enjoyed a steaming mug of likuni phala (vitamin-enriched porridge) as he spoke with staff, pupils and volunteers at the school in Dowa.

Moved by witnessing the life-changing work of the school feeding charity, Mr Macpherson said:

“I’ve just seen the remarkable difference Mary’s Meals is making here in Malawi, feeding more than a million children thanks to contributions from across Scotland, including from the Scottish Government.

“It’s been wonderful to see the difference that a nutritious daily meal in school, provided by Mary’s Meals, is making towards helping young people in Malawi to get the best from their education and make the most of their potential. It’s been a real privilege to see the work of Mary’s Meals, supported by individuals and organisations across Scotland, making such a difference here in Malawi.

“The UN Global Goals make clear the links between addressing poverty and hunger and achieving quality education as part of securing sustainable development. Mary’s Meals provides a lifeline to many children across Malawi who may not have access to safe and nutritious food. The funding provided by the Scottish Government is life changing for many children and helps to incentivise parents to send their children to school safe in the knowledge that they will have a substantial meal.”

With huge challenges in education, access to healthcare and high levels of child malnutrition, Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world. In August this year the Scottish Government announced it is to provide £11 million to support local projects in Malawi focused on health, education, economic development and renewable energy.

Mary's Meals is to receive £1,080,000 to provide school feeding in 27 primary and 79 Early Childhood Development centres in Zomba, southern Malawi. It is the latest in a series of awards to Mary’s Meals from the Scottish Government, dating back to 2005.

Daniel Adams, Executive Director of Mary’s Meals UK, welcomed Scotland’s International Development Minister to Malawi on behalf of Mary’s Meals, alongside Dalitso Mcheka, Mary’s Meals’ Head of Programmes in Malawi.

Daniel said: “It was wonderful to see the happy, smiling children as they arrived this morning, with their mugs in hand and ready for the day’s learning. We’re delighted that the Minister was able to join us to witness the amazing changes that are being created in the lives of so many children across Malawi and beyond.”