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The Christadelphian Meal-a-Day Fund (CMaD) is an international family of charities founded by the Christadelphians. Its stated intent is, as a practical witness to the Christadelphian faith, 'to share the blessings we receive from God to help those who are in real need in the less developed parts of the world'. It seeks 'to facilitate personal and community dignity through sustainable, 'down to earth' local projects' which:
Aside from the major, long term projects, the fund has made significant one-off donations to other causes, e.g., Tree Aid (which plants trees in Africa 'to reduce poverty and protect the environment'), Village Water (providing wells and a programme of hygiene education to rural Zambian villages), WhizzKids United (an Africaid-run HIV/AIDS education programme using football to teach lessons about health) and others.
The Christadelphian Meal-a-Day fund was founded in Tamworth, UK in 1976. The name was inspired by a speech of Henry Kissinger's, in which he said everyone on earth should have at least one meal a day.
In 1999, representatives also started working in Australia to raise awareness and funding for projects in Nepal, Thailand, India, the Autonomous Region of Bougainville and Zambia. A revised, three-region structure was introduced in 2007, with aid for Europe, the Middle East and Africa being managed by the UK committee, aid for Asia-Pacific managed by an Australian committee, and that for North and Latin America and the Caribbean by a committee based in the United States and Canada.
CMaD has a number fundraising channels, including donations from individuals, group donations from church collections, legacies, gift aid, sponsorship, and the sale of various items, such as greeting cards, tea towels and t-shirts. In recent years, in the region of £750,000 per annum has been raised by CMaD UK, around 60% of which is currently used on long term projects that rely largely, or solely, on CMaD funding.