Martha Payne with children of Lirangwe Primary School in Malawi.
As a follow-up to my previous post and a farewell to last year, I would like to highlight another brave girl's activity with charity. Martha Payne was introduced via this space earlier in 2012; this time around her name is mentioned on account of her solid work towards a school feeding project in Malawi. The nine year old schoolgirl from Scotland manages a popular blog with an estimated readership of more than eight million people, where she presents and criticizes the quality in school meals. Having decided to use this publicity wisely, she teamed up with a local charity called Mary’s Meals and launched a fundraising campaign aiming at feeding impoverished children. The numbers look very favorable, as the donations from her followers are over £125,000 so far.
In October Martha paid a visit to Africa to attend the opening of her school kitchen in Lirangwe Primary School in Blantyre, Malawi. The kitchen was set up by Mary’s Meals and was funded by her fans. It will feed almost 2,000 children every day for a year serving nourishing high-protein porridge.
The chain of events that followed is nothing but encouraging. Watching Martha’s effort is what inspired a woman in the UK to send a donation catering for the yearly meals at a school in Malawi. It’s difficult not to get attached to Martha’s passion and vision. A pure thought led to better nutrition for so many students. With a full stomach, children are free to learn and education becomes viable.
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