Mary's Meals at the NUL
The charity Mary’s Meals Croatia will organize the Evening of Mary’s Meals in the lobby of the National and University Library in Zagreb on Thursday 6 December 2012 starting at 19.30. With the accompanying programme including the inspiring vocal performance of the members of the choir Izvor and homemade sweet treats prepared by the volunteers, the charity will use this occasion to present its activities in 2012 and put forward its plans for the next year.
The charity’s representatives will explain to everyone at this gathering how they can help provide the school meals for an entire year for one child by donating a symbolic amount of less than one hundred Croatian kuna (€ 12.40). Moreover, a child from Malawi may get daily meals at school throughout one year for almost the half of that amount – 56 kuna (€ 7.56).
Mary’s Meals was set up in 2002 as a school feeding programme and it was first registered as the charity Scottish International Relief. Today it provides daily school meals for over 500,000 undernourished children in Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe. In this way these underfed children are encouraged to keep coming to school and get educated, thus improving their chances of securing a better future for themselves and their communities.
During 1992 two brothers, Magnus and Fergus MacFarlane-Barrow from Scotland, were horrified by what they saw in the news about the raging armed conflicts in Croatia and Bosnia. They felt so moved that they decided to organize the collecting of food and blankets. They soon had enough to load a jeep and thus joined a convoy leaving the UK and delivered the aid to the internationally known Međugorje shrine, which they had visited with their families several years earlier.
The Croatian office of Mary’s Meals was established in July 2009 in a wish of those involved to give in return at least some of the goodwill and solidarity that Croatian people had felt during the difficult times of war, by rushing to the aid of those who are now in need of help. In all of their activities they are guided by the thought that they do not have to be powerful politicians, influential businessmen, rich people or rock stars to act and do something about world hunger. Even the smallest deeds of love and the most symbolic voluntary contributions may save lives and change them for the better.