Throughout the last month a number of MSPs have been supporting Mary’s Meals’ Backpack Project.
The project encourages people to donate backpacks filled with basic educational equipment to be sent to some of the world’s poorest children.
The project ties in with Mary’s Meals’ main work, providing a daily meal to children in a place of learning.
The work of Mary’s Meals achieves two broad aims – tackling the global scandal of child malnourishment and encouraging people into school where they can gain an education that will improve life chances. In their words, they provide food and hope.
Most of the children who will benefit from the backpack project will come from families who cannot afford to spend money on basic school supplies. By providing these backpacks to the young people who receive Mary’s Meals, the charity is providing further encouragement to get these kids into school.
On my visit to Malawi last month, I got the chance to see some of the work that is enabled with the support of Mary’s Meals. If you would like to find out more about the charity’s work, visit http://www.marysmeals.org.uk/.