Kenya, October 2003
Portrait of beneficiaries during a Paul Tergat visit to a School Feeding programme.
Paul’s life changed in 1977, when WFP started distributing free school lunches at his Riwo Primary School. Tergat is currently the world’s fastest man over 26 miles, but as a hungry child in the drought- and poverty-ridden district of Baringo, Kenya’s marathon man struggled to make the three-mile trek to school. Tergat, who received food aid as an eight-year-old school child in Kenya’s Rift Valley, will use the high-profile platform of international athletics to raise awareness of WFP’s school feeding programme.
“Without food, it was very difficult to walk to school, let alone concentrate on our studies. WFP’s lunches made it easier for us to make the most of our education,” said Tergat. “A full meal was also the perfect incentive to keep us in the classroom.”
Photo:WFP/Francesco Broli *** Local Caption *** Original TIFF files are available: 5400 x 3500 px