FAQs

1. Why choose a specific school?

Choosing a specific school to sponsor is a great way to focus your fundraising and helps you to create a link with a community overseas.

The amount needed to fund your project over a 12-month period will depend on the number of children enrolled at the school you have chosen to sponsor so we recommend that you pick a school that matches your budget. If you’re just starting out, it might be best to begin with a smaller school and see how you get on.  

2. Will the children my fundraising supports still receive meals while schools are closed because of Covid-19?

During this pandemic, our work won’t stop. In Malawi, Zambia, Kenya and Liberia, we’re working with communities to get food to the children who rely on Mary’s Meals. Your sponsorship will still ensure that the children enrolled at your chosen school will receive a daily meal. For now, this meal will be prepared and eaten at home – their temporary place of education.

3. Can I sponsor in memory of someone?

Yes, but sponsorship only lasts for one year, unless you choose to re-sponsor.

4. What happens if I exceed my target?

If you exceed your 12-month fundraising target, you will not be able to put this money towards another fundraising year if you choose to re-sponsor. Please be assured that any donations above your target amount will be used to feed hungry children in the country of your sponsored school. 

5. How can I fundraise for my chosen school?

Not sure where to begin? Loads of ideas to help you reach your 12-month Sponsor A School target can be found here.

6. Can I sponsor a 'faith-based' school specifically?

We feed children of all faiths and none. It is not possible to allocate schools for sponsorship based on faith.

7. Can I sponsor multiple schools at once?

This is possible, but if you would like to sponsor multiple schools at once, you may want to consider sponsoring one larger school. If you would like to discuss more options for sponsoring or funding multiple schools, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

8. Can I sponsor a school for multiple years at once?

You can sponsor your chosen school for multiple years in a single donation. However, in this instance, online sponsorship is perhaps not the best option. We recommend you contact our fundraising team to discuss your options. You can get in touch with them directly through our website.


Statement about online pages:

If you are having trouble logging into your fundraising account to view or edit your online project, please ensure that you are logging into your correct country website. Any additional queries or issues about your online page, please contact Mary’s Meals at hello@marysmeals.org

 

Disclaimer statement:

Thank you very much for choosing to support Sponsor A School. Mary’s Meals does not own any of the schools where the meals are provided, and we cannot guarantee that enrolments at your sponsored school will remain the same from the time of sponsorship till the end of your fundraising year. However, please be assured that if enrolments (or the cost to feed a child) increase during the course of your sponsorship, your fundraising target will stay the same unless you request to add the extra costs to your project. At the end of your sponsorship year, if enrolments / costs have increased beyond your fundraising scope, we can work with you to find an alternative school. We will always ensure that every child in each of the schools we support continues to receive their daily meal.