17 November 2005

Kenya: WFP in Plea for Schools Food Aid

Nairobi — The United Nations World Food Programme has appealed for food aid for its school feeding project.

The organisation says with as little as US 19 cents a day, one can give a child "a head start" at school.

WFP, whose goodwill ambassador is world marathon record holder Paul Tergat, says the Winning the Race Against Hunger project targets about 300 million school children in the world.

Tergat, who recently won the New York City Marathon, was a beneficiary of the programme in his primary school days.

The 36-year-old champion says trekking a long distance to and from school on an empty stomach made learning almost impossible, until the UN body moved in: "The UN began distributing food at the schools and a heavy burden was lifted from our shoulders. We could stay focused during lessons."

He says the school feeding project "can dispel hunger, double school attendance and boost educational performance".

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