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E Read the interview and see if your answer to exercise D was correct . HOW I ESCAPED POVERTY AND HUNGER Adapted from an interview by Martin Penner How poor were you as a child ? Peter Mumo : Very poor . We were a family of eight , with very little money for our basic needs . We did not have enough food or water . We had no electricity , no clothes , nothing . Our house was very simple . We struggled to live . 5 What did you eat ? Peter Mumo : We lived on one meal a day of corn and beans . There weren’t many beans and they were expensive , so we didn’t eat a lot of them . My family suffered from hunger and we were all very thin . What was the worst part of your childhood ? 10 Peter Mumo : Our house had mud walls and a grass-thatched roof . It leaked a lot when it rained . It rained a lot . With rain we got mosquitoes . These mosquitoes caused malaria . I was the most in danger of catching malaria in my family . Much of the family’s money was spent paying my hospital bills . What do you remember about school ? 15 Peter Mumo : We shared one textbook among ten pupils , and three or four of us shared a desk . Others sat on the floor . We had one teacher for all the subjects , and to make it even harder , we studied on an empty stomach all day ! During class breaks we ran out to the nearby baobab tree to look for fruit . When did school meals arrive ? 20 Peter Mumo : While I was in class 4 ( age 9 ) , the teacher told us that an organization called WFP ( World Food Programme ) and the government were starting a ‘ school feeding’ programme . All the pupils got a cup of hot porridge for breakfast and five biscuits to take home in the evening . It was the best thing that happened to me and to all the pupils in my school . Our parents now had to worry less about where our next meal would come from . 25 How did the school meals help you ? Peter Mumo : They gave me energy and a reason to work hard and hope for the future . I’m sure the programme also helped improve my health . The school meals continued through to class 8 . I was the top student in my class . This meant I could go to one of the best secondary schools in Kenya . Then in 2007 , I went to Moi University Engineering School . I graduated 30 with a degree in December 2012 . How are things going for you now ? Peter Mumo : Compared to where I come from , it’s a different world . So much has changed . Today , I work as an engineer for a company in Nairobi . I can afford to eat whenever I feel like it . No more poverty ! My future looks very optimistic . 1 struggled 2 grass-thatched Peter Mumo

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