Sport
 Kenya
Project #14235

Train Talented, Underprivileged Runners in Kenya

by Develop Africa, Inc.
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Philip
Philip

Hello Project Supporters

It has been several months of training for most of the road racing and marathon runners that you support.  

We are delighted to inform you that Alfred, one the underprivileged runner who has really shown much improvement in marathon training and with our recommendation has been invited to take part in one of the marathon races in Canada.

The marathon event will take place on 2nd May, 2015. Alfred and other underprivileged runners like him have dedicated themselves to intensive training.  Special thanks to your support that has made it possible for them to focus and train.

In preparation for the marathon race in Canada, Alfred is required to raise part of the ticket and accommodation money. He will also be required to have some money for VISA application. We would love to help him get to this international competition and we welcome your support.  This could be the big break that he deserves.  This marathon race is an opportunity that could change his life forever.

Since the last report, the project has raised $200.  Thanks so much for your kind assistance.  These funds have gone towards supporting Alfred and the other runners  - providing room, board and travel assistance to races in Kenya.  These races have helped them develop further.

Despite the progress, we regret to inform you that we are phasing out this project.  We have been encountering problems in getting timely reports from the field.  We definitely get the updates / reports - but we do not get them as frequently as we desire / need to provide you with updates.  

As an alternative project, can we recommend that you follow and support our vocational training project - providing training opportunities for deserving youths?  Be sure to go to this project and sign up for updates.  Feel free to also email your questions to us at any time.

In the future - if you would like to hear more about Alfred and other runners, please feel free to contact us.   We will also post updates to the Kenyan runners project here.

Best Wishes

The Develop Africa Team

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Very competitive race
Very competitive race

The much awaited Standard Chartered international marathon in Nairobi was held on Sunday 26th October 2014 along the streets of Kenya’s capital city. The event which attracted more than 25,000 runners from all over the world was in its 12th edition since it began. The Standard Chartered Marathon event raises money for “Seeing is Believing” campaign.

Every year several underprivileged runners from Kenya use the event as a stepping stone to the international road racing events.  By so doing some of these runners secure themselves better opportunities in athletic careers. The event attracts several sponsors from around the world based on the fact that Kenya is known for long distance running. Those runners who are lucky to excel during the marathon event get sponsored immediately. However, competition in Kenya in long distance running is extremely high.

Alfred, one the underprivileged runners that we support together, participated in this year’s Standard Chartered Marathon in Nairobi. Like many others, he was hoping to finish among the top ten in order to secure a major sponsorship. However despite being with the leaders until the 38th Kilometer of the 42Km race, he fell back from the pack of leaders in the closing kilometers.  Being a hard working athlete who never gives up, Alfred managed to complete the race in a good time of 2hrs 24min. At high altitude, that was a very respectable time.

Thank you so much for supporting Alfred with registration, travel and accommodation finances during the marathon event. Alfred will be resuming training in about two weeks in readiness for other upcoming local road races in Kenya.  

With YOUR on-going support,we are confident that he and other runners that we support will even do better in upcoming races.nnThanks again for your support.

Huge crowd of runners
Huge crowd of runners
Alfred and other runners stretching
Alfred and other runners stretching

Dear friends-

Your chances of winning a road race are greatly increased if you are able to break away from rest of the crowd or field.

This ability is crucial and this is what we are together offering to the runners that we are supporting. We are providing them with the extra edge, support and resources that they need to break away, excel and win.   .

The lives of several underprivileged runners are being changed one at a time because of YOUR support.  Because of your support, runners like Alfred are now able to train under favorable training conditions. This is giving them an extra boost.

Alfred is a happy underprivileged runner today because we have extended a helping hand in his athletic career. Alfred has since been able to train and compete locally in Kenya at different road races ranging from  the 10K to full marathon. He is currently preparing to take part in the great Standard Chartered Bank Marathon which will be taking place in Nairobi on October 26th.  Alfred will be competing in the full marathon race during the event.   We wish him the very best!

Alfred like most of the other underprivileged in Kenya will be using the Standard Chartered Bank Marathon event as an opportunity to secure himself a chance to break away from poverty. Alfred has shown potential of becoming a successful marathon runner given the necessary support. So far he has be able to run a personal best of 2 hours and 16 minutes in full marathon competition at high altitude venue.

Because of YOUR support, the lives of Alfred and many others like him will never be the same.  Thanks so much for your kind assistance!


Alfred and friends training / running in Kenya
Alfred and friends training / running in Kenya
stretching after training
stretching after training
another underprivileged runner at the finish line
another underprivileged runner at the finish line

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!

finishing strong at TBK marathon
finishing strong at TBK marathon
runners at TBK marathon starting
runners at TBK marathon starting
taking off at TBK marathon
taking off at TBK marathon
underpriviledged runner finsishing
underpriviledged runner finsishing
underprivileged runner
underprivileged runner
winner at TBK marathon
winner at TBK marathon
underprivileged runner at the finish
underprivileged runner at the finish
Help launch computer lab
Help launch computer lab

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Underprivileged Runners Training Hard at Kericho
Underprivileged Runners Training Hard at Kericho

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!





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Develop Africa, Inc.

Location: Johnson City, Tennessee - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.developafrica.org
Project Leader:
Sylvester Renner
President, Develop Africa
Johnson City, Tennessee United States

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