The pupils of St Martin’s Ampleforth are supporting the charity Mary’s Meals and in particular trying to provide meals for the 952 children at Chigwaja Primary School near Blantyre in Malawi.
Three different activities at St Martin’s Ampleforth have helped fund these meals for 57 days: a collection at the Carol Concert in December, Pre-Prep Harvest Festival and individual Collecting Boxes.
At the Carol Concert, there was a collection at the end raising £872.72, funding meals for 47.8 days at Chigwaja Primary School.
Also St Martin’s Ampleforth and Ampleforth College, have funded a kitchen at Chigwaja Primary School which cost approximately £7,000.. Madeleine Higham, Year 13, explained that to feed all 952 children in Chigwaja Primary School for one day costs £18.26” [It costs £7 a year to feed a child a meal each day in school]
The support for Mary’s Meals is being continued by St Martin’s Ampleforth’s Year 8 pupil Alex Worth and her mother – they are walking 120 kilometres of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, in Spain, in April 2014. At the same time, her elder brother Tom Worth (Year 10) with his father are cycling 800 kilometres of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela.
Mary’s Meals began in 2002 as a one-of school feeding programme. It now provides school meals to over 822,000 children in some of the world’s poorest communities.