Magnus and Fergus MacFarlane-Barrow had the same belief and actually set out to do something about it. The brothers launched the idea of Mary’s Meals while sitting in a pub in Argyll, Scotland. Determined to help relief efforts after viewing TV coverage about the horrific Bosnian conflict, they began to collect donations. A single trip to Bosnia in a Range Rover filled with food and blankets, turned into a now twenty-one year mission to feed the starving children of the world.
The goal of Mary’s Meals is a simple one: “Our vision is that every child receives one daily meal in their place of education and that all those who have more than they need share with those who lack even the most basic things.”
We know that there is enough food for all of the planet’s citizens, but somehow there are 300 million chronically malnourished children in the world. Millions of children die from hunger each year. In our country where obesity is now a national health epidemic, it is difficult to imagine literally “starving to death.” Every 15 seconds, a child dies of hunger. In fact, four children have died from hunger as you have been reading this post.
Approximately fifty-seven million of the world’s most starving children do not receive an education. Rather, they spend time focused on survival, working in fields or begging for food in the streets.
Personally, I don’t bat an eye about spending $15 on lunch with a friend. Remarkably, Mary’s Meals’ average cost of feeding a child for one year is $16.80. So little money can save a child’s life by providing food and helping them to attend school where they will receive the education necessary to lift them out of poverty.
Angela Penza and Kalina Burns of Santa Barbara, California launched the idea of Teens For Mary’s Meals after viewing the award-winning documentary Child 31 at their church teen group. Very soon thereafter, friends Franziska (Franee) Barthel, Bella Darke, and Brianna Doyle joined their team to devote themselves to a most worthy cause: raising the funds necessary to build a school kitchen to feed hungry children in Malawi.
Monday, I will continue this topic by telling you more about these five amazing young women and their specific fundraising goal and activities.
I don’t know about you, but these Scottish brothers and Santa Barbara teens give me hope and a bit of a spring in my step.
Hungry children are being fed. World hunger IS on the way to being eradicated.