For 11 years, the international NGO, Mary’s Meals, has been feeding young learners in 421 selected primary schools in Malawi.
The organisation, which puts the number of beneficiaries at 593 000, states that each day they usually receive hot porridge made from maize flour mixed with salt and sugar.
It argues the aim of the feeding scheme is to increase enrolment for children who fail to attend classes because of hunger in their families.
However, the organisation’s communications and child protection officer, Chloe Melrose, points out that, “The challenge," she says, "is that a lot of schools especially in the urban areas struggle to access firewood because in a lot of townships within the cities there is no space for trees, there is no space for vegetation.”
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