Want to Help Children Like the Ones in QUEEN OF KATWE?

Mary's Meals provides nutrition at school for impoverished children.

Mary’s Meals provides nutrition at school for impoverished children.

Mary’s Meals is one of my two favorite non-profit organizations.  When I make donations, they’re a recipient.

I couldn’t help but think of them when I was watching the terrific movie, QUEEN OF KATWE.  I was pretty sure Mary’s Meals already operated in the country of Uganda.  When I got home from the movie I double-checked, and found out that was right.  Thank goodness, because it’s impossible to watch such a movie and not wish for children who are living in such dire straits to obtain some basic relief, starting, first and foremost, with simply being fed on a regular basis.

Mary’s Meals is a great organization because they serve meals at school to children that are made from local produce.  The children benefit.  The parents want to send them to school so they’ll get fed.  Many of the mothers come to the school to help prepare the meals, so they get the joy of feeding their kids and seeing them with full bellies.  The farmers in the area served also benefit because it’s their crops that are bought for the ingredients.  Everybody wins!

Mary’s Meals serves children in 12 countries all over the world.  Believe it or not, it’s all run by a gentleman named Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow from his backyard sheds in Scotland!  He wrote a book on his grassroots charity called THE SHED THAT FED A MILLION CHILDREN.

Inspired to want to give children in Uganda a break?  Want to raise that number to One Million and One?  Did you know it only costs less than twenty bucks American for Mary’s Meals to feed a child for an entire year?

Aren’t they awesome?  Here’s a link:  Mary’s Meals Uganda

Magnus MacFarlane Barrow's book about Mary's Meals: THE SHED THAT FED A MILLION CHILDREN.

Magnus MacFarlane Barrow’s book about Mary’s Meals: THE SHED THAT FED A MILLION CHILDREN.

 

Poster for the new Disney hit, QUEEN OF KATWE.

Poster for the new Disney hit, QUEEN OF KATWE.

 

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2 responses to “Want to Help Children Like the Ones in QUEEN OF KATWE?

  1. Mary’s Meals sounds like a really worthy cause, thanks for posting so that we know more about the program and the inspiring farmer who raises food in his little shed. We have several programs here that feeds children. The backpack program on Friday’s sends the child home with a backpack filled with enough food for the weekend…when I was working in the school system this little girl told me that her mama’s boyfriend always took the backpack away from her when she gets home and eats it all himself. Since the adults spend their money on meth they have nothing left over for food, so the backpack program really helps the boyfriends and i’m sure they’re very grateful. I told the program people about it and they said they knew that a lot of the food was going to the adults, but they had to keep trying to get the kids fed. Kids need to eat all they can of it on the way home…

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    • That is HORRIFIC! What is WRONG with people like that, literally taking the food out of their own children’s mouths? And then there’s a contingent of flakes in this country who run around saying that their recreational drugs ought to be “legalized.” Ha, what kind of people need their activities legalized in the first place?

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