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2020 Mary's Meals - Mission of Love
Kilsyth Burns & Old Parish Church is sponsoring 325 pupils (154 boys and 171 girls) at Chambawa School in Zambia. Thank you for ensuring that Mary's Meals can provide them with a nutritious daily meal in their place of education.
Zambia suffers from high rates of malnutrition, poverty and food insecurity, with many children out of school. For those children who are able to go to school, more than one million attend classes hungry. Since Mary’s Meals began serving meals in Zambia in 2014, the programme has expanded rapidly. We now feed more than 92,000 children in the country!
Chambawa Primary School now has 324 pupils enrolled, including 154 boys and 170 girls. The children at Chambawa Primary School range from Standards 1 to 8. There are 2 permanent classrooms at the school and the pupils are taught by a total of 3 teachers. The school’s water source is a hand pump in the school grounds, which is very close to the kitchen, and there are 6 pit latrine toilets on site that are split evenly between the boys and girls. In addition to a maize garden, the school has a football pitch and a netball court for the children to use.
Chrispin, 11, says that the porridge he receives from Mary’s Meals helps him to concentrate in class.
He told us: “We eat porridge at break time, it helps me to get through the day. I come to school because I want to learn and find a job to support my family".
Quotes from the school:
"The program has helped improve attendance, enrolment and pupils are active in class after taking porridge. Pupils look more healthy with the coming of the program than before" - Shawa David, Teacher
"I love porridge it helps me concentrate in class. It gives me energy cause sometimes I come on an empty stomach. Last year I came in position 9 out of more than 30 pupils. I want to become a Teacher when I am done with school"
- Rachael Banda, 13 years, Grade 5
"I come to cook so that our children can have food whilst at school, Porridge gives our children energy and they look healthy"
- Catherine Banda, Volunteer Cook
"Porridge fills me up and it gives me energy. Last year I came out number 6 out of more than 20 pupils. I want to become a teacher when am done with school so that I can teach other children. My favourite subject is Mathematics"
- Masauso Phiri, 14 years, Grade 6
Message from Mary Paterson, Mission Group:
I wanted to share this update with you all at an appropriate service in the new year. Now is as good a time as any to have some uplifting news and see the worthwhile fruits of all our fundraising efforts. I am sure you will take pride in knowing that you have helped create these wonderful smiles on the children's faces together with the comments from staff and helpers to remind us of how worth while the fundraising was.
Despite the current situation, it is heart warming to read that children are still being fed through the feeding programme. I have been following the current work of Mary's Meals in these challenging times online and would like to share some of Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow's ( Mary's Meals CEO) message dated 10th May . . .
"If someone had said nine weeks ago that by now we would have reinvented our delivery models, agreed them with governments and found a way to keep feeding nearly all the children of our programme I don’t think I would have believed them... In some ways it feels like many things, that might otherwise have taken years to develop, have been achieved in these few short weeks. But we cannot stand still. These incredible feats would just not have been possible without your support. After all these years I cannot claim to understand fully the wonder of Mary's Meals but I do know now, more deeply, that these little acts of love - your little acts of love - are not little at all. Each one has ramifications that ripple across oceans and down through generations. They are making the lives of countless children and families so much better and, together, they are pointing to something much bigger than us all. In my message on Easter Sunday I described us as being like those children in Africa who bring a little stick each morning to school to contribute to the fire that cooks the porridge. The fire that is Mary's Meals has certainly not gone out! Rather it is blazing much brighter than ever, dispersing gloom and illuminating this prolonged night until dawn comes, and that dawn will indeed come".
Uplifting thoughts indeed.
With the main focus on feeding the children and schools being closed, backpack distribution is on hold in the meantime. I have been asked if we can keep our items and pick up again once the Glasgow warehouse (and us!) is operational. Thank you to those of you who have already donated items this year and we look forward to the day when we can come together in friendship and fellowship around the tables in the Church Hall and create once again our own "Little Acts of Love."
In the meantime, thank you for your continuing support for Mary's Meals.
God Bless and stay safe.