This project will provide 6 Malawian runners from rural villages a chance to compete in the Austin Marathon in February, and shoes & clothes for 100 additional runners from disadvantage communities.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
In Malawi, unlike other African countries, financial support for runners is virtually nonexistent. Talented professional runners often earn less than $300/year; with that, they must support as many as 20 family members. This project provides shoes & clothes to 100 Malawian runners and will give 6 athletes the opportunity to compete for prize money, experience another culture, gain exposure, and connect to US runners -- creating a lifelong partnership between runners in Africa and the US.
How will this project solve this problem?
If we reach our funding goals, we will be able to provide international professional opportunities immediately to 6 runners, as well as support the careers of another 100 through clothes and running shoes (for many, their first pair ever).
Potential Long Term Impact
In the long run, The Malawi Project aims to increase visibility of running in Malawi among government and private sponsors, as well as inspire young runners to participate in sports as a tool for education, HIV prevention and community building.
Total Funding Received to Date: $5,854
This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.
Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $5,854 . The original project funding goal was $18,000.