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1 ION DOU NAT B O D BL E FUTUR ED OUR E OU EV RY FEED D LE EVER Y CHILDREN S ADVENT PACK D O N TI O N D A From 28 September until 28 December, 2015, the UK Government will DOUBLE ANY DONATIONS you make to Mary s Meals.

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3 Make your own Mary s Meals mug for your Christmas tree! Seven-year-old Livinesi is one of 1,500 children at Chirimba primary school who recently began receiving Mary s Meals bringing them hope for a brighter future. The school is in the Machinga district of eastern Malawi. Little Livinesi lives with her three sisters, who are so enthusiastic about their education, they have decorated their home with pictures of the alphabet and sums. Beatrice the eldest of the four gets her younger siblings up and ready for school each day. She speaks of the benefit Mary s Meals has for the younger girls: Having food at school has helped the children a lot. They are energetic and alert, and can concentrate. They are not gloomy anymore! Each child who receives Mary s Meals in school is given a mug to collect their daily porridge. Use the template to make a mug just like the ones used by children in Malawi for your Christmas tree. When you see your mug decoration, think about the children who receive Mary s Meals and what they might be doing on Christmas Day. Print out the bauble templates on the next page. Decorate them with lots of pretty designs, then cut them out and stick them together with a little string sandwiched between. You can then display them on your Christmas tree at home or in church. String 1. Can you think of a time you felt great hope? It could be a time when someone helped you, or a time when something happened that you had wished for. Glue Cut Ta-da! 2. What similarities are there between you and Livinesi? What differences are there too? 3. Name three things you are hopeful for this Christmas. Decorate

4 Make your own Mary s Meals mug for your Christmas tree! Print this page Decorate the mugs with lots of pretty designs Cut them out Sandwich together with glue and a little string! You can display them on your Christmas tree at home or in church! Ta-da!

5 Name Date Varney Varney is 16 and lives in Liberia. He was just a small child when he was chased from his village with his family. Life was very difficult for Varney, his family moved between refugee camps, struggling to find enough food for them all. Varney recognises the importance of this food, I remember a time when I went to school and there was no food, learning was very hard. Varney hopes to complete his schooling and find a good job, he says that his mother and father have worked so hard for him that he wants to help them too. My hopes for the future are a peaceful Liberia, everyone says Liberia has the chance to become great, for that I hope. 1. At Christmas time we celebrate with our friends and family, but imagine how you would feel if you had no home to stay in. How do you think that made Varney feel? WORDS TO FIND How do you feel when you re hungry? Can you run around and play? 3. It is important to be nice to one another. In these weeks of Advent, what will you do today to be nice to your parents, siblings, and friends? ADVENT CANDLE CHRISTMAS HOPE INN JESUS JOSEPH JOY LOVE MANGER MARY PEACE

6 Dixon Dixon lives in the Lirangwe area of rural Blantyre with his siblings, Welozumi and Junior. They attend Makelenge School and Dixon says, I love it very much. There isn t enough food for us all at home, and don t want them to have any excuse not to attend school, he says. Dixon has a positive outlook and says with a smile, I enjoy attending school with the other children and eating the hot porridge in the mornings. I am able to concentrate in class a lot more now, I want to become a driver! As for his brothers, Dixon has dreams of them becoming a teacher and doctor, respectively. Method: Paint the peg in one main colour except for the top, paint that white for the face and leave to dry. What you will need: Wooden clothes peg Paint of your choice (we loved mixing blue and white paint for a Mary s Meals theme) A gold and black pen (or use paint) Glue & Sissors Peg Wool/Tinsel (for the all important halo & hair) Piece of paper for wings. If they continue to attend school and receive Mary s Meals daily they can be the best people in life. They ll be able to do jobs that help others around them! Using pens, draw on a lovely pattern, you could use a contrasting paint and put little dots on. Don t forget to give the angel a face! Paint to decorate 1. At Christmas time we have lots to celebrate. Think of a time when you felt great joy, when was it? 2. Dixon loves going to school, what do you love about school? 3. Dixon likes to be kind and play with other children at school, what can you do differently to be kind to other children? Tie tinsel into a bow and stick on with lots of glue. Cut out wing shape. Draw some feather lines and glue on. Tinsel Bow & string for hair Pen & Paper

7 Shazia At Mary s Meals, we often speak about the many little acts of love that make up our work from the volunteers who help with the everyday running of the charity to our supporters everyone can do something to make life better for the many hungry children in this world. One such child is Shazia from Malawi. Shazia is five years old, but already she has lost both her parents. Unfortunately, her story is not unique it is estimated that one million children in Malawi are orphans and one of the biggest challenges they face is hunger. But there is hope, Mary s Meals provides Shazia and thousands of other children in Malawi with a nutritious meal everyday in school. It means Shazia has one fewer thing to worry about and can concentrate on her learning, she loves to recite her ABCs! Shazia exclaims, I like porridge! She loves going to school and can now attend every day knowing she will receive a big mug of porridge and an education which can be her escape route from poverty. Children in Malawi eat Likuni Phala which is a lot like porridge. Shazia loves her porridge, you can watch her video online, Why not try and make your own Likuni Phala, or have a porridge morning with some exciting toppings? Here is a recipe to make your own Likuni Phala (alternatively you can use porridge oat) 1. Mix soya and maize flour together in equal parts. 2. For every half cup of flour use one and a half cups of water. Bring to the boil for 15 minutes. 3. Pick your toppings, why not add some dried or fresh fruit? 1. How would you feel if you couldn t go to school because you were too hungry? What would you miss most? Think of playing and your friends! 2. At Christmas we get to spend time with the people we love most, think about who you are most looking forward to spending Christmas with. 3. Think of three things you are grateful for this Advent.

8 Colour in the words. Be as creative as you like by creating different shapes and patterns. Can you think of a time when you experienced any of these feelings?

9 Mrs Zolongati Mrs Zolongati is one of the kitchen volunteers in Mlemeka Primary School in Malawi. She says, Mary s Meals isn t just about food for the children or even better health. To us in this community it s a symbol of progress. I can cook for the children of my community each morning so they can eat, learn, and be independent. She speaks these words with a huge smile as she ladles out porridge to a long line of children laughing children, sharing stories over a big mug of warm and nutritious likuni phala. Use the template on the next page of Mary s Meals Christmas card to colour in. Fold it in half and write your Christmas message inside. Give your Christmas card to someone you love. Mary s Meals has, at last, just arrived at Mlemeka Primary School in a very remote district of Malawi and already, hungry children who have never attended before are arriving at school. It is a cause for huge celebration! Mrs Zolongati exclaims, It shows life! Colour in Fold 1. It is Christmas Day, a day to celebrate the birth of Jesus! One of the great traditions of Christmas day is the gathering of the family to have a meal. What are you most looking forward to? 2. Think of all the people that you love and how you re going to show them you love them on this very special day. 3. Would you have room to invite one of the children you have learned about to your table? We hope you enjoyed our Children s Advent Pack, if you would like to learn more about Mary s Meals please visit our website: Joy, hope, food & love!

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