Southampton fans continue to show support for pupils at Kenyan school

Football fans have given further support to Mary’s Meals to provide daily meals for more than 1,000 impoverished children at a school in Kenya

Back to all stories | Posted on 24 Jul 2017 in News

A generous donation of £20,000 from the Saints Foundation to Mary’s Meals has been possible by supporters of Southampton Football Club, which announced Mary’s Meals as its official charity partner in 2015.

The money raised by Saints will provide a daily meal of githeri (maize and beans) for 1,035 children attending Kidiwa Primary School for a whole school year. 

Head of Saints Foundation Greg Baker said: “We are delighted to be continuing our support for the life-changing work of Mary’s Meals by making this donation, on behalf of Southampton Football Club and our ever-generous fans.

“This money helps feed more than 1,000 pupils each year at Kidiwa – where our club crest proudly adorns their kitchen wall – as well as supporting hundreds of other children in areas of significant need across the world.”

The donation from Saints Foundation will also provide a further 403 children who receive Mary’s Meals with nutritious meals for a whole school year.

Teacher Sarah Situma, who is in charge of the school feeding at Kidiwa said: “Our school has really benefited, as the pupils are very healthy.

"We used to have pupils fainting because of hunger, but it is no more.”

Mercy at school in Kenya

Mercy (second from left) and her friends, who receive Mary's Meals at Kidiwa Primary School in Eldoret.

Mercy Cherotich is in Standard four at Kidiwa Primary School and receives a meal in school each day thanks to Southampton FC's support. Speaking about the daily meal she receives, Mercy said: “It has made me grow big, healthy and strong. It has made my friends and I get enough energy to play soccer”. 

Find out more about Mary's Meals.