Thanks to your support, our marathon runners in Kenya have been able to continue their training and improve their performance. Currently we are providing food and accommodation for some of them, and we hope through your support that we can build a training center for them.Recently most of the underprivileged runners that we support through your help were able to participate in a marathon event at Kericho County that was organized by Tea Board of Kenya. Some of those who showed great improvement include: David Langat, Alfred Kering, Benson Ngeno and Joyce Chepngeno. Other members participated in the 10K race and also ran well.It is also important to acknowledge the fact that one of the runners (Ngeno) has improved significantly in his performance since we started supporting him. He has therefore earned an athletic scholarship to pursue his degree at a college in the US. It's wonderful to know that we helped to lay a foundation and position him for a great future as a runner.We deeply appreciate all the support you are giving these young underprivileged runners. Lives are being changed one at a time. Thanks so much for your support!
We wanted to also let you know of another opportunity that helps train youths. Develop Africa is launching a new computer lab where youths will receive free computer proficiency training. On Wednesday June 25th from Noon EDT, till matching funds run out, all donations up to $1000 on our Empower Youths Provide Computer Training page will be matched by Microsoft YouthSpark.We are bringing this to your attention because it represents a great matching opportunity where the lives of many youths and YOUR impact will be DOUBLED. Please save the date / time Wednesday June 25th from Noon EDT and join is in blazing a new path for youths!
Running is liberating and exhilarating. While it's fabulous to run, it's also great to watch runners as they seemingly effortlessly, run laps around a field. It's fun to see someone win and we all love to cheer our favorite person to victory. The challenge of competition thrills us - independent of our background. This is why we all enjoy watching sports and games at all levels.The participants in competitions like the recently completed Olympics Games at Sochi are true heroes. They train hard for years - for an opportunity to celebrate victory. We congratulate and celebrate all true heroes and the medal winners at Sochi Olympics.As we celebrate the winners at these Olympics, we also celebrate the people who stood behind them and helped them get to where they are today. There is no way that they could be there without the support of people behind them. We all realize that "no man is an island" and that the medal winners owe a lot to their diverse supporters. The support that they receive from families and friends is invaluable. These people are heroes, unsung heroes.Do you know who else is a true, unsung hero? YOU ARE! You are a hero because you have supported and continue to support our budding athletes. Our runners in training depend on truly value your support. You can see a brief clip some of our runners-in-training in Kericho here.THANK YOU for support that is a valuable lifeline and encouragement to them. Your support has helped us provide the vital training resources that they need. Three athletes were recently able to get running shoes courtesy of your financial support. We could not have done this without your support.With your continual support these young runners’ lives will not only change but those of their families as well. Their desire is to be able to get a residential facility where they can get better training and better supervision from qualified coaches.We would love to provide running shoes for up to 20 more of our runners-in-training. Can you help us do this by making a donation of $25 today! Thanks so much for your support. You are a true hero!Thanks HERO! We celebrate YOU today!
Since the launch of this project we have identified several talented underprivileged young athletes who need support to achieve their running careers. Thanks to YOUR support, Paul Langat, one of the talented runners has received training shoes. He is also now receiving on-going support towards his accommodation and food - as he trains with other runners. Paul had to relocate from the village where he lives to Kericho town, a place where he can access training facilities and coaching.Paul has a desire to pursue his college education when he succeeds in his marathon running career. Paul has a personal best time of 27:52.36 in 10,000 meters event. This is a competitive time and we anticipate that he will continue to improve in the coming year.Through our on-going support, Paul will be able to train well and finally achieve his marathon running dream. He will be able to support his family as well as the community. Thanks to your support we have taken the first step towards helping him achieve his goal. We hope to help Paul and several others like him whose great running talents would otherwise go to waste. Our long term goal is to be able to build a training camp for them where they can train under favorable conditions. With your help, we can change the lives of these young underprivileged runners - helping them become productive members of their communities. We would love to hear from you and respond to any questions you may have about this project. We also welcome your suggestions with regard to how we can best prepare and expose Paul to international running. Please feel free to contact us with any suggestions you may have. We also welcome your best donation today - so we can expand to supporting other great, budding athletes. Thanks for your support!
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