Kenya, Nairobi, Kibera Slum.  February 19, 2010

“I want to finish school so I can help other people get somewhere to live”

Henry’s small house is busy. Living with his grandmother, four aunts, two sisters, brother and cousin, food sometimes just can’t stretch to feed everyone. Henry’s not sure where his mother is, so his grandmother acts as his legal guardian.

13 year old Henry has been receiving WFP school meals since he started primary school. His school meal usually consists of maize and yellow pulses, one of his favourite foods. “If I could choose what to eat it would be chicken with chapati bread, but I love the meals at school. They really help me to concentrate on my studies.”

On an average day he starts classes at 7 a.m. By 11 a..m. he has a morning snack of porridge which keeps him full until lunch. After school he heads home to help his grandmother look after the house and prepare what food is available before starting on his homework.

Henry is ambitious and understands the importance of his schooling. He explains, “My favourite subject as school is science, and I’d like to pass my exams and become a pilot or a Government official. I want to help people like my family get somewhere better to live. School will help me to do this.”

Photo: WFP/Rein Skullerud