Local people help some of the world’s poorest

Volunteers needed to help local charity to raise awareness of their work in emerging economies

Friday 25th March 2022 7:00 am
African boy
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People in the South Hams can help to feed hungry children living in the world’s poorest countries by becoming a Mary’s Meals volunteer.

The charity, which feeds more than two million children every school day, is looking for volunteers to join its South Devon group and help raise awareness of its work in the local community. This could include giving talks in schools and churches; holding screening events for Mary’s Meals’ inspiring films; or helping to organise fundraising events.

Katherine Harris, lead volunteer at the Mary’s Meals South Devon Group, said: “We simply couldn’t feed two million children every school day without our wonderful volunteers – including the members of our South Devon group.

“We would love to welcome more volunteers from across Devonshire into our Mary’s Meals family, so that we can keep reaching the little ones who rely on our life-changing meals. We have lots of exciting opportunities and provide training and support throughout.”

Mary’s Meals serves a daily meal to children every school day in 20 of the world’s poorest countries, including Ethiopia, Haiti, Malawi, Liberia, South Sudan, Zambia and Yemen. The promise of a nutritious meal attracts hungry children into the classroom, where they can gain an education and hope for a brighter future.

The charity’s work is only possible because of many dedicated volunteers across the globe – from the people in the UK who raise awareness, to those who cook Mary’s Meals for the children in their community.

Bertha, 11, loves learning. The nutritious mug of porridge she receives at her school in Zambia allows her to concentrate in class and work towards her dream of becoming a teacher.

Bertha says: “I get to school at 9am and wait for the porridge. I love going to school because this is where I’m learning how to read and write.

“I admire my teachers so when I grow up and finish school, I would like to become a teacher.”

For more information about volunteering with Mary’s Meals, please visit marysmeals.org.uk/volunteer or freephone 0800 698 1212.

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