The Shed That Fed A Million Children

The Shed That Fed A Million Children

The Extraordinary Story of Mary's Meals

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Speaking Volumes Christian Book of the Year 2016

In 1992, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow was enjoying a pint with his brother when he got an idea that would change his life - and radically change the lives of others.

After watching a news bulletin about war-torn Bosnia, the two brothers agreed to take a week's hiatus from work to help.

What neither of them expected is that what began as a one-time road trip in a beaten-up Landrover rapidly grew to become Magnus's life's work - leading him to leave his job, sell his house and direct all his efforts to feeding thousands of the world's poorest children.

Magnus retells how a series of miraculous circumstances and an overwhelming display of love from those around him led to the creation of Mary's Meals; an organisation that could hold the key to eradicating child hunger altogether. This humble, heart-warming yet powerful story has never been more relevant in our society of plenty and privilege. It will open your eyes to the extraordinary impact that one person can make.

Publisher: London :, William Collins,, 2015.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780008127640
0008127646
Characteristics: 310 pages : color illustrations

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bibliotechnocrat Dec 03, 2015

While this might not be great literature, it certainly is a compelling narrative. After delivering aid to Bosnia in the 1990s, MacFarlane-Barrow began a career in development. While in Liberia, he asked a young boy what he most wanted - the answer being to have enough food and to go to school. This simple statement led to the brilliant idea of Mary's Meals: to provide a meal in the place of education so that the children of the extremely poor can attend (and stay in) school, without having to drop out and scrabble for the next meal. Of course, having an education provides a way out of poverty, so the meal is both a short and long term solution. The author's Catholicism is plainly a motivating factor, but the meals are provided to children of all faiths; the religious elements of the book somehow manage to avoid proselytizing, making it palatable even to an agnostic like myself.

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Jun 26, 2015

Mary's Meals feeds over 1 million children every single day in the poorest countries in the world. Started in a garden shed in Scotland, this book tells the humble and inspiring story of how a little faith, coupled with a little respect for those who have less, can change the entire world. A must read for every parent, for the world's hurting children are our own.

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