Sunday, 26th March 2017

College Lenten Charity 2017: Mary’s Meals

Posted on 03. Mar, 2017 in Banner

Mary’s Meals founder Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow serving meals to school children in Haiti.

The Pontifical Irish College, Rome seminarians have chosen Mary’s Meals as this years College Lenten charity.

Mary’s Meals provides meals to some of the world’s poorest children every day they attend school. They also work on the solution to getting them fed in the long term.

The founder of Mary’s Meals, Mr Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow met a lady called Emma while he was involved in Scottish International Relief (SIR), providing famine relief in Malawi. She was dying of AIDS and lay on the floor of her hut surrounded by her six young children. Emma said all that was left for her was to pray that someone might care for them after her death. Magnus asked her eldest, Edward, what he hoped for in life. He replied simply: “I want to have enough food to eat and to go to school one day.” Edward’s words helped inspire the founding of Mary’s Meals, which aims to provide chronically hungry children with one meal every school day.

With school feeding having become the sole focus of its work, SIR officially changed its registered charity name to Mary’s Meals. The number of children receiving Mary’s Meals continues to grow and it is moving closer to feeding one million children every school day. Its simple but effective approach has gathered momentum and today we serve children across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and South America. Mary’s Meals also supports a home for young people with HIV who were abandoned as children in Romania.

Contributions can be made in the collection points provided in the Irish College, or can be sent directly to the College. It will also be possible to contribute on the occasion of the St Patrick’s Day play.

To see the Mary’s Meals website, click here.