Thursday, September 24, 2015
Staggering Results from Malawi
Here is a recent letter from Magnus (the founder of Mary's Meals)
Recently we’ve been doing lots of work to measure the impact of Mary’s Meals.
The early results are truly staggering, giving compelling evidence that this simple thing we do – providing a daily meal in school – really does transform the lives of children and their communities.
When we began our monitoring work in specific schools, more than half of the pupils told us they found it difficult to join lessons because of hunger. Now, that number has fallen dramatically to 7%.
We will be publishing an independently verified report later this year, but we can already see that these are impressive results. Perhaps even more wonderful are the results based on children’s happiness.
Before our monitoring began, we asked children if they were happy at school, and just over half said yes. When we asked the same question seven months later – after they’d been receiving Mary’s Meals – nine out of 10 children said they were happy. That’s a lot of extra smiles and a huge amount of new laughter.
We hope the evidence of what actually happens when children eat every day at school will encourage even more people to join us as we work to realize our vision; that every child receives one daily meal in their place of education.
Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, founder and Chief Executive