Most of the jobs we print, we have a pretty good idea of the idea behind the t-shirt. Every once in a while, a job comes through that catches us off guard. The folks from Mary’s Meals managed to slip one past our collective conscientiousness. Our curiosity got the better of us and we needed to know what was going on. Once we found out, it seemed like it would put us in a good social light if we shared their mission with the world.
Mary’s Meals began as Scottish International Relief during the 90′s in an effort to bring aid to the victims of the Yugoslav Wars. Later, Magnus Macfarlane-Barrow (Co-Founder and CEO of Mary’s Meals and Scottish International Relief) was visiting Malawi, an extremely poor country in Southeastern Africa, when he met a young boy whose mother was dying from aids. Here he asked the child what he wanted, and the child told him that he would like to attend school one day and receive ONE MEAL. This became the guiding principal of Mary’s Meals, which has grown into a global effort to provide meals to the worlds poorest children at their places of education. Currently providing well over 500,000 children every day with a meal at school for an average cost of $13.50 per child per year.
Mike Miller is a senior at Simpson and will be graduating in May. He is our connection point at Mary’s Meals and will be going to Haiti upon his graduation. In his words:
“We wanted to have something that could raise money for Mary’s Meals as well as awareness for the cause. We wanted a shirt that people would want to wear, especially youth, so we needed to create something that was attractive toward a younger crowd. The design that you guys helped us come up with was great and we have had a very positive response from everyone who has seen the shirts.”