BENEFITING: GLOBAL RUNNING CULTURE INC
Abraham Kosgei, co-founder of Global Running Culture, grew up in the rural Kenyan village of Matungen, on the edge of the Great Rift Valley. In 1966, 10 years before he was born, his Mother Margaret saw a need for early childhood education and did something about it. She started a school for children age 4-7 to prepare them for elementary school located 6 miles away. Margaret taught 75 students in the school’s single classroom for the next 40 years and since her retirement Emily has continued her legacy. Abraham’s education and Margaret’s urging that he “run for me” propelled him to race around the world, be named to the Kenyan Olympic team and 10 years ago, settle in the Pueblo of Pojoaque, New Mexico just outside Santa Fe where he teaches fitness classes to youths and elders at the Pojoaque Pueblo Wellness Center.
GRC’s mission is to provide children in Matungen, northern New Mexico and Arizona, Copper Canyon, Mexico the same opportunities that Abraham had via the powers of sport and education. The need in Matungen is clear – because Margaret had achieved a donation of land for the school, it was outside the official school system and never received public financial support. She taught in exchange for donations of food from student’s families, as does Emily today.
Abraham realized the need to buy land and build a new school, which will facilitate the receipt of public funding for operations. GRC raised funds and bought 4 acres of land perched on the edge of the Rift, not far from the existing school. Former Steeplechase World Record holder and Olympic Silver medalist Peter Koech, who has constructed many buildings in Kenya, helped design the school, prepare a budget, source materials and prepare the construction plan. GRC is in communications with Elgeyo Marakwet County Governor Alex Tolgos, who has known Margaret since he was a young boy and who enthusiastically supports the project.
The next step is acquiring a +/- 25 year old Ford or Massey-Ferguson tractor, 85+ horsepower, that will be shipped to Kenya. Using our own tractor to build the school will enable us to avoid the expense, delays and loss of control inherent in renting a tractor and hiring an owner-selected operator. Once the school is constructed, the tractor will provide an ongoing source of income for the school through a rental program, including funding of the meal program that is critical to maintaining high attendance. Spare parts are readily available in Kenya for this vintage and brand of tractor. We have the arrangements in place to ship the tractor from Houston to Mombasa and from there via rail to Eldoret, in the vicinity of Matungen. We plan to ship the tractor by the end of October for arrival in February of 2017.
GRC seeks seek donation of the tractor. If you have, or know someone who has an old +/- 100 hp Ford or Massey-Ferguson tractor out in the “back 40” that has been replaced by a more modern tractor. We will consider any offer and are prepared to offer suitable recognition in the U.S. and Kenya if the donor desires as well as a tax deduction. Please email is at email@example.com if you or anyone you know would like to communicate about donating.
GRC also seeks donation of funds to pay for shipping of the tractor and construction of the school. We are planning to construct the school in the Spring of 2017. Please donate to our effort and share this information with any friends who may be interested.
The growing team of GRC volunteers is passionate about our mission of bettering the lives of youth through the powers of sport and education and are compelled to achieve our dreams and fulfill our destinies. Thank you for reading this and for any support you are able to provide. More details about the Global Footprints – Project Kenya fundraising program will be forthcoming.
Asante Sana! (Thank you very much)
Abraham, Joseph, Carolyn, and all the Global Running Culture volunteers