Mary’s Meals – Funding Guassay Public School in Porkpa, Cape Mount County, Liberia.

Mary’s Meals is the current preferred charity for the Parish of Our Lady of Furness

The following is a brief summary of this charity and our involvement:

Through your incredible generosity, you have enabled many children – living in one of the  world’s most impoverished countries – to come to school, receive a nutritious daily meal  and gain an all-important education. Without your support, these children would be  working in fields, begging on street corners, or even scavenging among the garbage just to survive.Mary’s Meals is a simple idea that works – by providing a daily meal in a place of  education, chronically poor children are attracted to the classroom where they can gain a  basic education that provides an escape route from poverty.

The global Mary’s Meals campaign was born in 2002 when our founder and CEO, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, visited Malawi during a famine and met a mother dying from AIDS. When he asked her eldest son, Edward, what his dreams were in life, he replied simply:  “To have enough food to eat and to go to school one day.”

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.

Mary’s Meals is named after Mary, the mother of Jesus, who brought up her own child in poverty.
Mary’s Meals is a non-denominational charity which consists of, respects and reaches out to people of all faiths and none.

Without your support, these children would be working in fields, begging on street corners, or even scavenging among the garbage just to survive.


It is thanks to the support of special people like you that Mary’s Meals has gone from feeding just 200 children in Malawi in 2002 to providing a daily meal for now more than ONE MILLION children across 12 different countries.

With 61 million children missing school today because of poverty and a further 66 million attending school so hungry they’re not able to concentrate and learn, it’s clear that our work is only just beginning.

Thank you for giving so generously to Mary’s Meals and choosing to sponsor an entire school.

• The average global cost of feeding a child for a whole school year with Mary’s Meals is just £13.90 / €15.60 / $19.50.
• Today Mary’s Meals is feeding 1,187,104 children every day at school in 12 different countries around the world.
• Where Mary’s Meals are provided, there is a rise in rates of enrolment, attendance and
academic performance.

Guassay Public School now has 591 pupils enrolled, including 309 boys and 282 girls.  There are 13 permanent classroom at Guassay and the school has a football pitch where the children can play during their breaks.
Mary’s Meals Liberia encourages all of the schools in its feeding programme to grow a school garden. This gives the children hands-on agricultural experience and the food the schools grow can be used as ingredients for their daily school meals or can be sold and the profits re-invested back into the school itself. Guassay has a flourishing garden, tended to by teachers and pupils, growing potato greens and cassava.
Guassay Public School’s pupils are taught by a total of 14 qualified teachers. The school’s water source is a hand pump in the school grounds and there are 6 pit latrine toilets on site which are split evenly between the boys and girls.

For more information and to see a full feport, please click these links:
SAS Report_Guassay_Our Lady of Furness

Mary’s Meals Website

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