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Well, Mike and I just arrived back from our three day traveling extravaganza to Mzuzu. To say we drove a lot is an understatement, we covered over 1,000 kilometres in three days! …. Don’t worry, I took my Dramamine and therefore did not throw up on anyone.
During this time, Mike, myself and another employee of Mary’s Meals, Michael, were checking out new kitchens being constructed. It was unbelievable to see the progress that the communities were making! We visited over 15 schools in the area that either a. Had just finished their kitchens b. Were mid-way through construction or c. had just located the materials needed to begin construction.
It’s easy for those of us that have never had to feel hunger pangs to forget about just how important food truly is to the ability to lead a fulfilling life.
The student above is named William. William is in standard 8 and is extremely bright! I’d like to think that as an educator, I can read students and feel how important they deem their education. Presumably he was the “head boy” at Area B School (meaning he’s the top performing male student).
The Mary’s Meals feeding program had only been at their school for one month, and as I was speaking to William the biggest obstacle he faced with school was simply coming. He couldn’t muster up enough strength or maintain his health long enough to actually make it to his school. He was often absent and grew frustrated with the fact that while he was at home, sick his peers were continuing to learn and grow.
It was clear that he WANTED to be at school but that at that time it was physically impossible some days. I’m not ignorant, I know that Mary’s Meals isn’t a cure-all for everything going wrong in the world; but it’s a start. William is now able to attend school and doesn’t have to visit the nurse every single day to address his pain.
I think that we can all agree that’s one step closer to ending world hunger.
Stay tuned for more pictures. My “photographer” hubby took…he’s simply brilliant!