Each year, we join with the community in Kibali, Rwanda to celebrate all that they have overcome and support them in continuing to rebuild their country.
Thanks to all who joined us this year! It will take a few weeks to tabulate the final funds raised, but it was an unequivocal success! The weather was great and the winning times were fast! We had a rockin’ African drum circle and the kids had lots of fun at the obstacle course and 1K fun run. We just sent $10,000 raised last year to start on the laboratory which will allow for more advanced medical tests to be run at the clinic. Funds raised this year will continue the laboratory wing as well as provide school scholarships to Rwandan youth. Thanks for your participation however your participated!
Last year we raised enough funds to finish the new HIV education and treatment wing. It was great to see the immediate progress and be able to finish it.
Along with the remainder of funds from 2015, the funds raised in 2016 will be used to start on and possibly finish the nutritional wing. Nutrition education and supplementation is a huge initiative across all of Rwanda in order to fight malnutrition especially stunting. It consists of not only nutritional education, but also practical education of how to grow diversified crops in keyhole gardens, as an example. It is taught in the schools and is one of the main concepts the university students (that Run For Rwanda funds support through scholarship) come home to share with their families as it makes an immediate tangible difference in the health of the people they love. We are excited to be part of this next phase of the health clinic!
Runners and walkers simultaneously lined up to run in Cottonwood Park in Colorado Springs on the streets of Kibali, Rwanda, with all event proceeds going to establish a health clinic and to fund other much-needed development programs in a rural community outside Byumba.
The Colorado Springs race included many co-ed teams, a respectable number of barefoot runners, and 7 teams in the RFR’s water-carry challenge (a team consists of a pair of runners that carry a full, five-gallon water jug the entire race distance, in a category designed to simulate the trek many Kibali children make every day to supply their family’s water needs).