10-year-old Miranda transformed from a malnourished youngster to an energetic girl with Mary’s Meals school feeding programme in Zambia 

Back to all stories | Posted on 20 December 21 in Children's stories

With a sparkle in her eye and a shy smile, Miranda looks like most healthy ten-year-olds -energetic, healthy and full of fun. And yet her mum tells us it was a very different story before Mary’s Meals started feeding in her school.

“Before Miranda started receiving the porridge from Mary’s Meals, she wasn’t looking good,” says her mum, Besta. “Miranda was very weak. She was diagnosed with malnutrition, I had difficulties in finding food."

Now with mum volunteering in the Mary’s Meals kitchen, Miranda and her friends are guaranteed a cup of porridge every day at school.


Miranda says: “I feel good about being at school. I like reading, writing and learning. “I like the porridge. I always pay attention in class after eating the porridge and don’t think about what’s going on at home.”

Miranda’s mum is a farmer, growing maize, groundnuts, potatoes and beans. However, her work as a Mary’s Meals cook gives her more satisfaction than she could have imagined. She says: “I feel good when the children are given porridge.” And as for Miranda, she has a new-found spark that has brought her mum great comfort. Besta says: “Now, she has more energy. Her body has changed and she’s looking healthy.”