Backing education for all with Mary's Meals


Staff from the Motherwell Campus have been donating items for The Backpack Project, organised by Mary’s Meals – a charity that aims to combat hunger in some of the world’s poorest countries.

More than 60 packages including backpacks have been filled with items including notepads, pencils, pens, crayons, and clothing, which will now be donated to support children in 14 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, helping them to get the best out of school and education.

Organiser and Curriculum and Quality Leader in the Faculty of Engineering, John McCusker, said:

“The Backpack Project is a fantastic initiative that helps children in other countries access the simple things that we take for granted every day.Working in education, the staff here know how important it is for children to secure a positive future and so supported the cause well. I’d like to thank all those who donated to the project and hope that our input helps children with much needed supplies.”

Mary’s Meals ‘The Backpack Project’ is a simple way of ensuring ‘every child receives a nutritious daily meal in a place of education’ enabling children to attend school and gain an education that can help them escape from poverty when they grow up.

Since its inception in 2005, the charity have sent over 480,000 filled backpacks to children in the project. It has provided basic school essentials like pens and notepads to help make the most of their education.

Mary’s Meals is now feeding 1,187,104 hungry children every school day. 

The Backpack Project

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