Mary’s Meals calls for Lochaber to help feed hungry children

Bertha Zulu (13) at Nyane Primary School in Chipata, Eastern Zambia. NO-F09-Bertha-1
Bertha Zulu, 11, at Nyane Primary School in Chipata, Eastern Zambia.

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School feeding charity Mary’s Meals is appealing for volunteers in Lochaber to help to feed hungry children living in the world’s poorest countries by becoming a volunteer.

The charity, which feeds more than 2,000,000  children every school day, is looking for volunteers to join its Highlands and Islands group and help raise awareness of its work in the community.

This could include giving talks in schools and churches; holding screening events for Mary’s Meals’ inspiring films; or helping to organise fundraising events.

Peter Harkins, lead volunteer at the Mary’s Meals Highlands and Islands Group, said: ‘We simply couldn’t feed two million children every school day without our wonderful volunteers – including the members of our Highlands and Islands group.

‘We would love to welcome more volunteers from Lochaber into our Mary’s Meals family, so that we can keep reaching the little ones who rely on our life-changing meals. We have lots of exciting opportunities and provide training and support throughout.’

Mary’s Meals serves a daily meal to children every school day in 20 of the world’s poorest countries, including Ethiopia, Haiti, Malawi, Liberia, South Sudan, Zambia and Yemen.

The promise of a nutritious meal attracts hungry children into the classroom, where they can gain an education and hope for a brighter future.

The charity’s work is only possible because of many dedicated volunteers across the globe – from the people in the UK who raise awareness, to those who cook Mary’s Meals for the children in their community.

Eleven-year-old Bertha Zulu loves learning at her school in Zambia and said the nutritious mug of porridge she receives at school allows her to concentrate in class and work towards her dream of becoming a teacher.

‘I get to school at 9am and wait for the porridge. I love going to school because this is where I’m learning how to read and write,’ she explained.

‘I admire my teachers so when I grow up and finish school, I would like to become a teacher.’