In September 2012, tastecard launched the Mary’s Meals charity promotion. This was a 10 day campaign where, for each tastecard purchased, we donated £5 to Mary’s Meals. Each £5 donation given to Mary’s Meals will feed and educate a child for six months.
Thanks to you, our tastecard members, we received 12,109 orders throughout our Mary’s Meals campaign, which resulted in an incredible total donation of £60,545 to Mary’s Meals!
With this Mary’s Meals have built a ‘tastecard’ kitchen in the Ntungulutsi Primary School in the Zomba District of Southern Malawi.
It is fantastic news that having Mary’s Meals at Ntungulutsi Primary has allowed more children to go to school and this could not have happened without the fantastic support of our tastecard members!
Kitchen and Feeding Program sponsored by tastecard
Ntungulutsi Primary School, is located in a rural area of the Zomba district and takes in children from the nine villages which surround it. They now have 1975 pupils enrolled, 949 boys and 1026 girls. There are 8 permanent classrooms at the school and the tastecard sponsored kitchen now also doubles up as a classroom when it is not being used for feeding the children.
The construction of the kitchen took around twelve weeks to complete. The kitchen is fully equipped with utensils, pots, pans and mugs for the children to eat from. The children often carry their mugs on string round their neck so they do not lose them.
Each kitchen is run by local volunteers (often the children’s parents) who cook massive pots of the vitamin enriched maize porridge (Likuni Phala) to serve to the hungry children.
Volunteers often arrive at the school as early as 5 am to fetch water, get the pots ready and start cooking. A vat of porridge takes about three hours to cook on a rocket stove. The porridge is then put into buckets before serving to stop the children crowding around a hot stove where they could get burned.
The volunteers who run the feeding program at the school take a great deal of pride in the kitchen and its instruments and will always stay after the children have been fed in order to clean the pots and scrub down floors.
James Masimbe, a volunteer at Ntungulutsi, explains why he cooks for Mary’s Meals:
“I come to the school and cook to promote attendance to the children. I hope they will follow my example of regular attendance and then they will receive a good education and also the nutrients from the porridge”
The daily meals provided by Mary’s Meals allow children to attend school every day, rather than having to work or scavenge for food. This meaning that pupils can provide prospective employers with evidence of good attendance, greatly increasing their chance of finding a good job and a bright future.
One of the children, Hawa Oliva who is preparing to go on to Secondary School said:
“It is so important to me to get my mug of phala. It means I will grow to be strong and healthy. I never miss school anymore, there used to always be empty seats in my class but not anymore – the classes are always full. I really want to grow up and become a lawyer”
The tastecard kitchen and sponsored feeding program at Ntungulutsi means that some of the world’s most vulnerable children like Hawa Oliva need not go hungry, and through education now have the opportunity to have a bright future.
Thank you from Mary’s Meals
“On behalf of everyone at Mary’s Meals, and especially from all the children at Ntungulutsi, we would like to extend our very warmest thanks for sponsoring the kitchen and feeding program at your school.
What you are doing for these children is truly life changing – thank you!”
Thank you in Chichewa!
Mary’s Meals Promotion 2013
If you would like to help us help Mary’s Meals to feed and educated even more of the world’s most vulnerable children, please keep and eye on your emails in September as we will be running another Mary’s Meals promotion that we hope will be even bigger and better than 2013.
Please make sure you add firstname.lastname@example.org to your email safe senders list to make sure you don’t miss out!