Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow is the founder of Mary’s Meals. Magnus started his career as a Salmon farmer in rural Scotland, but when the Balkan conflict began, he and his brother were so moved by the scenes on television that they gathered a jeep-load of aid and joined a convoy travelling to Bosnia to distribute it. On his return home, Magnus expected to resume his job, however, he came back to discover that the public had carried on donating and instead he continued organizing and distributing aid. In 2002 his work led him to Malawi, where he met a family whose situation would alter the course of his work, and Mary’s Meals was born. The charity now works with schools in 12 different countries, serving over 1.1 million children every day.
Every child deserves an education and enough to eat. That’s the simple, yet powerful mission behind Mary’s Meals, a nonprofit that feeds over a million school children each day. This week on BetterWorldians Radio we’re talking with founder Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow about his inspiration to start this life changing charity and how it is making a difference for kids around the world.