Proof that US food aid works…in 15 pictures

How 1 hungry child in Kenya became an Olympic champion… then used his voice to give back to his community. 

1. This is Paul Tergat.

1. Paul adultPhoto credit: Iaaf.org

2. He was born in a rural village in Kenya’s Rift Valley in 1969 and has 17 siblings.

2. Rift Valley from KivaPhoto credit: Kiva

3. He remembers going days without a decent meal.

Untitled Photo credit: fittothefinish.com

4. And how waking up hungry made his 3 mile walk to school that much more difficult.

4. Road wikicommonsPhoto credit: Wikimedia Commons

5. His family went without many basic necessities, which made concentrating on studies difficult.

ONE Moms in Kenya
Photo credit: ONE

6. When Paul was 8 years old, the World Food Programme began providing lunch at his school everyday.

6. lunch from TamaniPhoto credit: Tamani Africa

7. And he attributes his success in class to getting these steady meals for the first time.

Mwangaza Tumaini School Photo credit: ONE

8. As well as getting the energy to run those 3 miles to and from school instead of walking.

Tloma Primary School  Children Photo credit: Mira Terra Images

9. After high school, Paul joined the Kenyan Air Force where he continued to run.

9. Military run from UN
Photo credit: The United Nations

10. And he quickly discovered he had a knack for running long distances.

10. runnners from Running Scientist
Photo credit: Running Scientist

11. In 1996, on a summer evening in Atlanta, Paul Tergat became an Olympic champion winning the silver medal in the 10,000 meter race. He won a second Olympic silver in Sydney 4 years later.

11. Tergat Sydney
Photo credit: The Paul Tergat Foundation

12. Beneath the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, 2003, he became the fastest human to ever run a marathon.

12. Tergat Berlin Photo credit: The Paul Tergat Foundation

13. Paul’s life came full circle when he was made an Ambassador Against Hunger by the World Food Programme. The same organization that provided his boyhood meals.

Untitled Photo credit: The World Food Programme

14. In addition to his work with the United Nations, he established a foundation that works to nurture the talents of rural Kenyans.

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Photo credit: The World Food Programme

15. This month, Paul was in Washington, D.C., sharing his story with the Senate, explaining that aid works – and helped him achieve his full potential.

PaulDurbinDC669 Photo credit: The Paul Tergat Foundation

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Special thanks to World Food Program USA for sharing Paul’s story with us!