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Students from Dülmen for Mary’s Meals

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The Clemens-Brentano-Gymnasium is now supporting Mary's Meals for over three years.

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Dülmen (pbm/mek). "Dining hungry" is a work of mercy. Twenty-five pupils in grades nine to twelve of the Clemens-Brentano-Gymnasium in Dülmen with their teacher Ingrid Schürmann are committed to this goal. And not only since Pope Francis proclaimed the "Year of Mercy".

For the past two and a half years, the young people have been collecting money through various campaigns for the Mary's Meals association, which in numerous projects enables children to have a daily lunch at school. We saw a film and were struck by how many children die of hunger,"reports 17-year-old Leonie Lehmkuhl. With her classmates, she has considered how they can get involved. For example, we organised a project week, baked waffles or sold lots for a raffle. This has been well received,"adds Vivien Verley.

For 14.50 euros per year," Mary's Meals "enables children in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America to have a daily lunch at school. Ingrid Schürmann explains:"This works because the food is purchased in large quantities on site and we work together with the parents who cook for the children in the schools. The teacher of Latin and Catholic religious education brought the students closer to the project and was able to inspire them quickly. The 42-year-old has known the initiative for six years, which was founded in 2002 by the Scotsman Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow. She is convinced of her work and is a member of the German board of "Mary's Meal". Schürmann himself has been to Africa twice and has experienced the bitter poverty of the people. "I can't bear us starving children in this world," she says. The organisers want to break a vicious circle with the school dinner. "We combine education and food. This gives the children a chance to become something in their lives,"explains Schürmann, explaining the background.

The students of the Clemens-Brentano-Gymnasium have also initiated another major project. Three times we have also collected backpacks and satchels filled with school utensils and hygiene articles for the children,"reports eleventh-grader Nele van Horn. 181 school bags came together last year. From the project in Malawi we received photos of how the children are holding the donations in their hands. This feedback motivates us. We also think it's good that 93 percent of the donations go directly to the projects,"she continues. They presented their project to other young people at the organisation's youth conference in Mainz last September.

The students who are involved in the Clemens-Brentano-Gymnasium invest a lot of time. "We're an all-day school. But the group takes care of its project in the free hours or in its spare time ", Schürmann praises the commitment of the young people, who with their actions ensure that" Mary's Meal "becomes more well-known. They would have noticed that their means could change life and the world. This commitment has a positive impact on young people. In addition, the group welds it together beyond age-groups ", Schürmann is convinced.

" What better way to do than to ensure that children get food and education?", asks 16-year-old Marlene Becker. This attitude connects the young people. Although we are not adults, we can help and are valued for this ", is the unanimous opinion.

The group from Dülmen has even set up its own website, which is aimed primarily at young supporters.

All activities in the diocese of Münster on the "Year of Mercy" can be found on the Internet at www.bistum-muenster.de/barmherzigkeit.


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Together with their teacher Ingrid Schürmann (front centre) the committed pupils of the Clemens-Brentano-Gymnasium in Dülmen have already achieved a lot for the starving children in Africa.
Photo: Michaela Kiepe/Bishop's Press Office