Argyll-based international food aid charity, Mary’s Meals, is now feeding 654,691 children per day across a spectrum of hungry parts of the world.
Mary’s Meals; strategy, from the start, has been to tie the daily meals they provide to children and specifically to children at school.
They knew that parents concerned for their children’s survival would be sure to get them to school, where they could be certain they would get one good nutritious meal a day – and an education to give them a chance to climb out of poverty.
The current Mary’s Meals’ e-newslettter features mother Binky and her 3 year old son Deepak, who live in the slums of Delhi.
The inhabitants of this slum are said to be today’s untouchables, children never expected to go to school but to work as soon as possible as rat catchers or rag pickers.
But Binky takes Deepak to the nearby Navjeevan Learning Centre every day, and works there herself as a volunteer, helping to prepare the meals given to the children.