East Anglian builders’ merchants Kent Blaxill gathered together 14 backpacks for the charity, Mary’s Meals to probide one good meal every school day to some of the world’s poorest children.
Statistics show that children learn better when eating regularly and by providing a much-needed daily meal in school, Mary’s Meals meet the immediate needs of hungry children and encourage them to gain an education that can help them out of poverty.
pic credit: Monica Hartley
Kent Blaxill organiser, Monica Hartley said “This has become an annual event, and it’s such a simple idea that will make such a massive difference to children living in poverty. My colleague Carol Evers has been gathering clothes, shoes and school equipment to fill the backpacks since Christmas and other people have contributed the final packs’.
The backpacks will now leave the Layer Road site and go to one of the 12 countries where Mary’s Meals operate. Their biggest operation is in Malawi where they provide meals to over 25% of all primary schools across the country.