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Mary’s Meals

Many of you will know that John and I support, in a very little way  – including donating the tiny commission we receive at the end of the year from those of you who have taken out holiday cancellation insurance with Pavey’s – a charity called Mary’s Meals.

We think it  is an inspired idea. It is a charity which  sets  up school feeding projects in third world communities where poverty and hunger would otherwise prevent children from gaining an education…

We have just received this email with a video link which we thought might interest others (turn off after the short video is over when something else starts!

Dear Mary’s Meals Supporter

I wanted to let you know about some very good news!

Last week I returned from America after a whirlwind visit, looking forward to a quiet spell at home, to find a film crew from CNN wanting to interview me. It turned out that a volunteer had nominated me for the CNN Heroes Show. We have just heard that the 3 minute film they made is going to be broadcast regularly on CNN today and over the weekend. You will also be able to see it online at http://bit.ly/atsjQb

I never cease to marvel at the ways doors seem to open for Mary’s Meals. I also never cease to cringe at having to do things like appear as a ‘hero’ on TV. I know lots of heroes and I am not one of them. However I realise this is the most amazing chance to tell more people than ever about Mary’s Meals.

While I was in America I was able to visit our projects in Haiti and see the wonderful progress that has been made there since my last visit just after the earthquake. It was great to see kids in temporary classrooms, tucking happily in to their plates of beans and rice while their old schools are being rebuilt and repaired. Fr Tom Hagan and Doug Campbell who lead our projects in Haiti are doing an unbelievable job there. Because most people are still sleeping under canvas, Fr Tom chooses to do the same and still sleeps on pallets (to keep him above the rain water) in a little one man tent. He is certainly a hero as are all those Haitian people who are working to rebuild their communities in Cite Soleil.

Thank you again for your generous support that enables us to do this work.

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow

Mary’s Meals

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