Volunteer spotlight

Shining a light on some of the things our volunteers do to support our vision.

Rose, volunteer cook in Malawi

Rose Kadabwa is a Malawian single mother of five. She’s been bringing up her family alone ever since her husband left them.

In the past, there were days when the whole family would go without a meal.

But then Mary’s Meals came along and Rose now volunteers at the Khola school just outside of Malawi’s commercial capital Blantyre.

She gets up every morning at 5am to make the school meals and helps to serve over 1,016 children who attend the primary school.

The promise of a hot school meal each day means Rose can send her children to school knowing they’ll be fed and that they’ll receive an education at the same time.

“I’m so happy to be a volunteer, to know my children are coming to school and getting fed,” explains Rose.

“I will remain a volunteer forever,” she laughs. “Even when my children have left school I will stay.”

More than 80,000 volunteer cooks support our school feeding programme in Malawi alone. Their endless love and support is helping to educate Malawi’s next generation and provide them with a ladder out of poverty.

All our volunteers make valuable contributions to our work around the world. Here are some of their stories.

Alastair, warehouse volunteer

Retired engineer Alastair found he had some time on his hands. Lucky for us, he began volunteering at the Mary’s Meals warehouse in Glasgow. 14 years later and counting, he’s still there!

He helps collect and sort through all of The Backpack Project backpacks in our warehouse. Nowadays he’s also a full time carer for his elderly aunt and the two days a week he spends at Mary’s Meals is his respite.

“We have a great laugh working together in the warehouse and I thoroughly enjoy my time here,” says Alistair, “but it’s important to me that the charity is making a difference, too.

“I’m very involved with The Backpack Project side of things and I love seeing the joy on the kids’ faces when they receive their backpacks ─ it really is a very simple way to make a child very happy, and give them the chance to learn at the same time.”

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