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Malawi: Standard Bank Supports Mary’s Meals School Feeding Programme

Standard Bank, through its Limbe Branch, has donated K1 million to the global school feeding charity, Mary’s Meals aimed at feeding 45 primary school children for a full academic year.

At the cheque presentation on Wednesday, Standard Bank’s Head of Innovation, Ecosystems & Partnerships, Alipo Nyondo said the donation is aimed at ensuring that children are supported in their pursuit for education to ensure that there are no school dropouts.

“Standard Bank appreciates the efforts by government and Mary’s Meals to provide for the needs of the children through the school feeding programme,” Nyondo said. “Therefore, through our branch corporate social Investment programme, Limbe Branch has donated this amount to support children in primary school.”

This is part of Standard Bank’s theme of ‘Malawi is our Home, We Drive her Growth’, which is towards the country’s overall economic growth through education.

“As a bank working towards driving the growth of Malawi, we look at education as a strategic sector to achieve our purpose,” Nyondo said. “Therefore, we looked at the right partner who can help us to be part of the development of the country and Mary’s Meals emerged very strategic.”

Standard Bank Limbe Branch Manager, Dyson Mmina added that they are encouraged by the positive impact of the school feeding programme, as it has helped to reduce absenteeism and improved attendance of classes by students over the years.

“The school feeding programme has had many benefits such as ensuring children have energy and increased concentration in class, which has reduced absenteeism from school with increased enrollment, and access to nutrition for some that barely eat well at home,” said the branch manager.”

In his vote of thanks, Umberto Bosco — Mary’s Meals head of programmes, pleaded for more support from other well-wishers to help feeding children in primary schools across the country.

“As Mary’s Meals, we commend Standard Bank for this important donation as it will go a long way to feed almost 50 learners for the whole school year.

“Our organization is feeding more than 1 million children in the country — it’s a big number, therefore, we need support from the corporate world to help us feed them all,” Bosco said.

Mary’s Meals is an international organization which was born in 2002 when founder, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow visited Malawi during a famine and met a mother dying from AIDS.