Charity asks for help to give the energy to learn

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Mary’s Meals needs your help to get more school meals to desperately hungry children in South Sudan.

The country has the world’s highest rate of children out of education but the charity founded in a shed in Dalmally believes with supporters’ help it can give even more youngsters the energy to learn by providing them with meals in the school week.

Learning across South Sudan has been drastically hindered by years of violence and upheaval, as families struggle with displacement, poverty and hunger. More than 70 per cent of primary school aged children are not in education, with girls more likely to miss school.

Although Mary’s Meals is already feeding around 70,000 hungry children every school day in South Sudan, it is asking for help to get nutritious meals to even more of them.

Daniel Adams, executive director of Mary’s Meals, said: ‘Our nutritious meals are giving children in South Sudan the energy to learn, hope for a better future and some respite from the immense difficulty of everyday life.

‘Mary’s Meals is one of very few organisations delivering desperately-needed food to schools in this country. We are already feeding around 70,000 children every school day and we are determined to reach even more little ones with our life-changing meals. To do this, we need your support.’

Malawi, Haiti, Ethiopia, Syria and Yemen are just some of the other countries where the promise of a daily meal from Mary’s Meals attracts children to the classroom.

In South Sudan, the charity works in partnership with the Diocese of Rumbek and Mary Help Association to serve maize and beans to pupils at 114 schools in the Warrap and Lakes States regions, where thousands of people have fled to seeking refuge.

Moses, who works for the Diocese of Rumbek, said many schools were destroyed by the conflict but he has visited new primary schools that have been built far away from the towns, in make-shift sheds and under trees.

‘I was there when we took the food to these communities. Words are not enough to describe the happiness of the children. They jumped with joy – dancing, singing and shouting. They were so eager to learn and attendance at the schools is rising because of the promise of a good meal,’ he said.

Sisters Abak and Aping, who live with their grandmother, enrolled at school last year when Mary’s Meals set up a feeding programme.

‘The only food we get in a day is from Mary’s Meals. That is what made us join the school since we don’t have food at home,’ said Aping, aged 12.

To donate to the Mary’s Meals South Sudan Appeal, visit marysmeals.org.uk/south-sudan-appeal or call 08006 981212.

 

Caption: Sisters Abak and Aping, who live with their grandmother, enrolled at school last year when Mary’s Meals set up a feeding programme