EVENT SUPPORTED INITIATIVES
TAKE THE NEXT STEP! Make the most of your race by raising funds for those in need. Please visit our DONATE page to invest in one of the three Run for Life administered projects listed below. By raising funds for one of these initiatives, expenses associated with your trip to Kenya may qualify for a charitable tax receipt.
MICRO FINANCING FOR WOMEN’S SELF HELP GROUPS
Previous Rift Valley Marathon participants have helped to fund a variety of business projects led by women’s self help groups. The Cheptegei Women’s Self Help Group can be seen above at the opening of their cattle dip, a structure used to treat livestock on a weekly basis to prevent disease. This Run for Life sponsored micro credit project will generate approximately $25 per week for the self help group.
RUNNING WATER INITIATIVE
The Running Water program brings potable water to schools and communities in the Mosoriot region. The program engages local trades educators and their students. Run for Life volunteers assist in fundraising, training, project design, and oversight. Working with Cheptarit Youth Polytechnic School, Run for Life Ambassador and plumber Jeff Ruigrok is pictured above designing a water filtration system.
Global Outreach (GO) links schools in the developing world with schools in the developed world. This innovative program supplies IT equipment to marginalized schools to allow the children and educators to learn collaboratively with a partnered school. The students at Sokkin Academy can be seen here using their laptop and blogging with their partnered Canadian school. The top three 4-person school relay teams in this year’s Rift Valley Marathon will receive a laptop computer to support their GO program.