The generosity of Southampton Football Club’s supporters has resulted in an enormous impact on the lives of more than 1,000 Kenyan schoolchildren.
Through Saints Foundation, fans recently helped raise more than £20,000 for the club’s international charity partner, Mary’s Meals.
The organisation provides vital help to youngsters in some of the world’s most impoverished areas, by providing them with a daily nutritious meal in their place of education.
The money raised by Saints has gone towards Kidiwa Primary School, in Eldoret, Kenya, providing enough financial support for all of their 1,035 pupils to receive a daily mail of githeri, which consists of maize and beans.
Head of Saints Foundation Greg Baker said: “We are delighted to be continuing our support for the life-changing work of Mary’s Meals by making this donation, on behalf of Southampton Football Club and our ever-generous fans.
“This money helps feed more than 1,000 pupils each year at Kidiwa, where our club crest proudly adorns their kitchen wall, as well as hundreds of other children in areas of significant need across the world.”
Indeed, with it costing £13.90 to feed a child for an entire school year, the money raised not only supports each of Kidiwa’s pupils, but also a further 403 youngsters in other areas.
Sarah Situma, who is the teacher in charge of the School Feeding Programme at Kidiwa, explained the difference Mary’s Meals has made.
“Our school has really benefited, as the pupils are very healthy,” she said. "We used to have pupils fainting because of hunger, but it is no more.”