Families come in many forms

Our founder Magnus gives thanks for all the ‘aunties’ and ‘uncles’ that make Mary’s Meals possible.

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow
Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow
Mary's Meals founder and CEO

Back to all stories | Posted on 15 May 19 in Update from Magnus

1,425,013 children ate Mary’s Meals today!

It would be easy to get lost in a number so big, especially when so many of those children are eating in chaotic places of suffering: amid the conflict in South Sudan, in the mountains of Haiti, on the war-ravished streets of Syria, in the jungles of Jharkand, India, or in Madagascar, where children as young as eight are behind bars.

Five-year-old Cyrus needs a little help when it comes to retaining hope. He lost most of his family to the horrors of Ebola. Despite her age and poverty, his great aunt Musa has taken him in and is now known to everyone as his grandmother. 

Families come in many forms and, in Liberia, the desire to care for those in need is the most important thing. Although most mornings she cannot provide him with breakfast, Musa sends Cyrus to school where he eats Mary’s Meals.  

She said: “I want the best for him and, with education, he can advance in the future, thank God.”

So little Cyrus is not lost. He is counted – like every child that eats Mary’s Meals.

Those children still waiting for Mary’s Meals are counted too, even if they have not yet experienced the love of a great aunt like Musa or someone far away, with a big heart, that cares.

Thank you for being such amazing ‘aunties’ and ‘uncles’ to hungry children. With your help, I pray that many more of them will come to know just how large and wonderful our Mary’s Meals family is.