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 you the 2014 Run for Rwanda was the biggest year ever on all accounts. Although we ran out of bibs, we had well over 500 participants in the 5K and and estimated 50 in the kids fun run. Although the internet connections in Rwanda were a bit flaky, we were also able to successfully webcast the race in Rwanda to Colorado Springs to further emphasize that we are WITH those in Rwanda that are rebuilding their community and country. We also raised over $40,000 to fund the health clinic and school scholarships. Students are already in class and the first disbursement to continue construction on the health clinic has been made Thanks again! And thanks to all our sponsors and so many who volunteered to make this year’s race run as smoothly as possible despite maxing out the event.
Just recently the hospitalization wing of the clinic was finished through funds from the 2014 race. Here are a couple pictures showing the completed building and work.
With the remainder of the funds from 2014 they will start to break ground on a new wing that will focus on HIV/AIDS education and care. We’ll post more pictures as we get them! For an overview of the history of the work done on the clinic through the Run For Rwanda, please watch the following video.
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).