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The Mary's Meals Campaign has achived a notable increase in rates of enrollment, attendance and academic performance in all the schools where the project has been established.

What is Mary’s Meals?

“Working in the world’s poorest communities you find it’s so often the poorest children who can’t go to school because they’re working, because they’re begging on street corners, because they’re just doing whatever it takes to put the next meal on the table… and therefore they miss out on their education, which is the key to lifting the world’s poorest communities out of poverty. Our vision for Mary’s Meals is that every child in the world should be able to receive one good meal in their place of education.”
- Magnus MacFarlane Barrow
The story of Mary’s Meals began in 1992 during the Balkan conflict, when Magnus and Fergus MacFarlane Barrow organised a local appeal for blankets and food. They filled a Jeep with aid and delivered their cargo to Medjugorje in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The brothers, aged 25 and 27, returned to Scotland expecting to resume work as fish farmers, but in their absence their parents’ shed had been filled with more donations.
Magnus took a ‘gap year’ to deliver the aid for as long as it was needed, and has never gone back to his old job. The donations didn’t stop – they still haven’t – so the project was registered as a charity, then named as Scottish International Relief.
On a visit to Malawi in 2002, Magnus met a boy whose plight led to a new focus and the charity's main area of work today. Lying on the floor of her hut, the boy's mother was dying of AIDS, surrounded by her six children.
Magnus asked the oldest son what he hoped for in life, and he said: "to have enough to eat and to go to school one day." The request struck a chord, and led to the evolution of SIR into Mary's Meals at it exists today.
The Mary's Meals Campaign, which is the primary project – and namesake – of the charity is an international movement to set up school feeding projects in communities where poverty and hunger prevent children from gaining an education. Mary's Meals provides daily meals in school for more than one million children in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe.
The Mary's Meals Campaign is hugely successful and there has been a notable increase in rates of enrollment, attendance and academic performance in all the schools where the project has been established.

How do we help?

For every student who commits to pay their Program Fee by check we make a donation to Mary’s Meals ensuring a child in one of the world's poorest communities will receive a good meal at school every day for a year.
Every student who makes this commitment is ensuring another student will be fed at school for an entire year.
These students also receive a special “Mary’s Meals” edition of our trip t-shirt to spread the word about Mary's Meals.

Want to know more?

Please watch this inspiring documentary then visit the Mary’s Meals website to see how together we can change lives.