Magnus MacFarlane Barrow, founder of the international child food aid charity, Mary’s Meals, begun in Dalmally in Argyll, has just returned from Liberia where he was accompanied by Holywood actor Gerard Butler on a visit to see the progress of the charity’s work there.
Mary’s Meals is now providing 822,142 children in 16 countries with a daily meal in school.
Thousands of young people who would otherwise be hungry and working or begging for their next meal, are instead sitting in a classroom with a full stomach, learning how to read and write.
They are the adults of the future who will one day lift their communities out of poverty and end their reliance on aid.
Gerard Butler is a great supporter of the work of Mary’s Meals – strategically linking education to a nutritious daily meal – and was keen to see for himself the impact the charity is having on the ground.
In Liberia Gerard and Magnus met nine-year-old Momulu. He lost his parents in the civil war and, along with many other children in his orphanage, now receives Mary’s Meals every day and has hope for a better future.
Here in Argyll, our local economy struggles for lack of things that it is in our power to redress – like commitment, strategic economic development, using public money constructively, instead of wasting it on consultants to avoid responsibility,
In Liberia and the Cite Soleil slum in Port au Prince in Haiti – most people have no opportunity to help themselves. Their challenge is survival itself.
Some of the needy places where Mary’s Meals is established and where even more children would otherwise starve – people have a chance of being able to help themselves later if, as children, they can be helped to get through to adulthood, healthy and well educated.
If we throw away our own chances, in a country where we have a state safety net, we can contribute at this giving time of the year to the work Mary’s Meals does for children living at a depth of deprivation we cannot really understand.
Donations to Mary’s Meals – a charity made in Argyll with which we can be very proud of our association – can be made online here.
Magnus MacFarlane Barrow says: ‘Our work would not be possible without the generosity of supporters like you, who hail from all over the world. Your kindness means that our vision that every child receives one good meal every day in their place of education seems ever closer.
‘On their behalf, I thank you so very much for making this possible.’