Mary’s Meals

childintreeWhen we started Roaring Reads earlier this year, it was as a hobby for our family to share (particularly the reading and reviewing part). We also wanted it to be a way for us to do a little bit of good, so we have decided to make Mary’s Meals our Roaring Reads charity.

From now on, every time we publish a review of a book that has been given to us, we will donate the value of that book to Mary’s Meals.

The Roaring Reads kids are really lucky when it comes to books – we get books for birthdays and Christmas, we borrow them from our brilliant local library van, and sometimes we get them just because (just because mum has no will power).

Now that we do Roaring Reads we are extra lucky, because sometimes we get ARC (advanced review copy) books, which means we get to read them before they are in the shops. This feels extra special and WE LOVE IT!

But, there are still millions of children all over the world who don’t go to school, so never get the chance to learn to read – not only so they can enjoy books like we do, but to be able access the opportunities that being able to read and write can bring.

Mary's Meals in Zambia (1)
Children in Zambia who receive Mary’s Meals

Mary’s Meals is an incredible international charity, based in Scotland, that provides children in some of the world’s poorest countries with a meal every day in school. We’ve chosen to support them because this one meal makes a huge difference. It gives children a reason to go to lessons and ensures that they get essential nutrition, so that they can concentrate on learning.

It’s not exaggerating to say that receiving Mary’s Meals can completely turn a child’s life around. In fact there are many, many children, and now young adults, who will say that it did exactly that (watch this brilliant video for some of their stories).

Another amazing thing about Mary’s Meals is that, because they keep admin costs low and serve children locally sourced food, prepared by local volunteers, they make a big difference with not a lot of money. As of April 2019, it costs Mary’s Meals just £13.90 to feed a child in school for a whole year.

The children’s books we review on Roaring Reads tend to be priced at around £6.99 (RRP), so for each book we review (and then make a donation) Mary’s Meals will be able to feed a hungry child for about six months.

It will take the donations from only two reviews (£13.98) to provide a child with a meal a day in school for a whole year!

We know it’s not a lot of money to give – but with Mary’s Meals we also know that our ‘little act of love’ (that’s what they call it) can still make a real difference.

Watch the video above, or go to www.marysmeals.org to donate/find out more – and look out for further reports here at Roaring Reads.

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