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NeverSeconds dinners blogger Martha Payne sees Malawi kitchen

School dinners blogger Martha Payne has attended the opening of a kitchen in Malawi that was funded by cash she raised for a children's charity.

The nine-year-old used her NeverSeconds blog to raise funds for Mary's Meals.

The site became a sensation after Argyll and Bute Council banned her from posting photos of her school meals.

The resulting international storm, which forced a council back down, saw Martha's blog raise more than £114,000 for Mary's Meals.

Porridge meals

The charity runs school feeding projects throughout the world.

In Malawi, about 500,000 children are given the porridge-like meal every school day to attract them to the classroom.

Image caption Martha's NeverSeconds blog started as a writing project with her dad

Lirangwe Primary School in Blantyre, Malawi, has received £21,000 towards the Friends of NeverSeconds kitchen.

The facility will provide almost 2,000 children with nutritious meals every day for a year.

Martha, and her family, have travelled to the country to see for themselves how her blog has changed the lives of others.

After attending the kitchen opening, she told BBC Scotland she was very happy, though she added: "It was quite nerve-wracking because everyone was singing and staring at me."

The Lochgilphead Primary School pupil began publishing photographs of her lunches on her website earlier this year as a writing project with her dad.

She gives each meal a 'food-o-meter' and health rating, and counts the number of mouthfuls it takes her to eat it.

Donations on her website soared when the controversial ban on her photographing her lunches was imposed by the council then quickly lifted after a worldwide response to the story.

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