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Malawi school meals charity grows
Some of the children who benefit from Mary's Meals
Some of the children who benefit from Mary's Meals
A Scottish charity which has been working in Malawi has expanded its mission and now provides 100,000 children with daily meals in school.

Mary's Meals, run by the Argyll-based Scottish International Relief (SIR), was given a grant from Sir Tom Farmer's Foundation and the Scottish Executive.

The project, which began in 2002 and is largely funded by the public, aims to help poor children gain an education.

It can provide one child with school meals for a year at a cost of 5-30.

The daily meals attract children in the poverty-stricken country into the classroom.

The day-to-day work is carried out by some 3,000 volunteers.

Sir Tom has just returned from a visit to the country where he witnessed the work of the charity first hand.

Duncan Bannatyne, of BBC's Dragon's Den, is another supporter and he also visited the country to mark the programme's expansion.

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