Mary’s Meals looks to double the love

Mary’s Meals launched its new campaign ‘Double The Love’ today, with the UK government matching public donations up to £2 million until 1 March 2019.

Donations will enable Mary’s Meals to reach thousands more chronically hungry children in Zambia with a life-changing meal every school day.

“Our wonderful supporters of all ages never cease to amaze us with their love and kindness. With match funding from the UK government, we have a wonderful opportunity to create an even bigger impact and transform the lives of many, many more hungry children with the gift of food and education,” says Mary’s Meals’ founder and global chief executive Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow.

Zambia suffers from high rates of malnutrition, poverty and food insecurity. More than 360,000 primary school-age children are out of school, and those who do attend are often so hungry they don’t have the energy to concentrate and learn in class. But, by providing one good meal every day in school, Mary’s Meals attracts children to the classroom where they can gain an all-important education.

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Flush Mob raises awareness of Village Water’s latest appeal

Village Water launched its new appeal, ‘Safe Water and Sanitation for All’, with an aptly named ‘Flush Mob’ today.

The Shrewsbury-based charity surprised shoppers with a toilet-themed dance to ‘The Birdie Song’, complete with live musicians, to raise awareness of their latest project to improve sanitation and access to safe water in Zambia.

Public donations will be used to support a two-year project in Lusaka, Zambia to improve hygiene and develop businesses that improve water quality, build toilets and safely deal with waste. The first £2 million of public donations will be doubled by the UK government.

“This really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a small charity like us,” says Clare Wearden, Director at Village Water. “If you are intending on taking up a challenge in the next 3-months to raise some money – running, swimming, cycling, dry January – why not do it for Safe Water and Sanitation for All?”

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Street Child launches ‘Count Me In’ appeal

Street Child is marking its tenth birthday by launching its ‘Count Me In’ campaign, which will receive up to £2 million match funding from the UK Government, to increase access, quality and inclusion in basic education for the most vulnerable children in northern Sierra Leone.

“It is vital that we provide children with access to education and the resources they need to learn, ensuring every child has the best chance of success,” says Street Child’s CEO Tom Dannatt. “Street Child provides simple and sustainable solutions such as paying school fees, buying uniforms and learning materials, training teachers, refurbishing classrooms and building schools to ensure that children have access to education.”

Street Child is asking the British public to join with the charity and be counted in transforming children’s lives by making a donation. These donations will be matched pound for pound for the first £2 million by the UK government.

*Secretary of State for International Development Penny Mordaunt says: “UK aid is proud to support Street Child and this partnership will mean that children across Sierra Leone can go to school and reach their full potential, instead of being on the streets. The tireless generosity of the British people means these children will have a future.”

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*Please note: This is an old article. The current Secretary of State for International Development is Rory Stewart.