“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
― Nelson Mandela
Ethiopia has arguably the best running culture in the entire world and running is a part of the country’s wonderful history and a part of people’s daily lives. Along with Ethiopia’s saga of generating some of the world’s top distance runners, comes with the challenge for future generations to live up to the prestigious reputation laid out before them. This concept plays true for not only running, but for education and advocacy of Ethiopia’s youth for the future of the country. What could be better than running in the cradle of humanity, in a country where running is deeply engrained into daily life and a country that is full of rich culture and history? The answer: running to help educate Ethiopian youth and to provide them with the knowledge and resources needed to face the challenges of the future. Education through running is about as good as it gets.
About The Run:
With this incredible running history in mind and the desire to provide equal educational opportunities to all of Ethiopia’s youth, we aim to act as the link between several different organizations and the youth of Ethiopia. My name is Ryan Plourde and my runner partner and co-developer of this initiavie is Benjamin Morse. We are both current Peace Corps Volunteers living and working in the Tigray Region of Northern Ethiopia. At the end of October we will embark on a 282 KM run through Northern Ethiopia; running from Benjamin’s town to my town in just eight days. We will be stopping in communities along the way to discuss important issues facing our region and country and raising awareness and support to continue the progress that is currently being made. We will address a different social topic in each of our eight destinations including: nutrition, HIV/AIDS, hand washing, exam cheating and school pride, exercise, gender equality, tuberculosis, people living with disabilities, and environment. We want to pay homage to a place that has become our 2nd home and to raise money and awareness to what is quite possibly the most important issue facing Ethiopia today: the access to a quality education. We will run through the Tigray region in support of imagine1day and their efforts to provide an education to the beautiful children of Ethiopia.
We have seen firsthand the importance of having an equal opportunity to receive a quality education, but we realize that the gap is still very large and a lot of work needs to be done. Thanks to wonderful organizations like imagine1day, education has become a priority for Ethiopia and we are starting to see their significant impact across the country. Our hope is that through this run we are able to increase awareness abroad, while simultaneously raising funds that will go towards the efforts of imagine1day here in Ethiopia.
About imagine1day: (www.imagine1day.org)
imagine1day is a growing, global community of people making passionate contributions to ensure every child in Ethiopia receives a quality education. We focus on children because they are our future. We focus on education because it is the strongest foundation. We focus on Ethiopia because it is one of the world 10 poorest countries, but is committed to education for every child. We are a charity committed to the next generation of leaders who will carry Africa into a new era of prosperity.
100% of your donation funds the project of your choice
See our story: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsMU9RHtWC0
Our progress since starting our work in 2007:
primary schools funded
boys and girls
currently in school
of income generated by communities in Ethiopia to sustain their schools
imagine1day’s Mission, Vision, and Goals:
Mission- Developing leaders to elevate the world
Vision- A world where all people are connected to their greatness
Goal- All Ethiopians have access to quality education that is funded free of foreign aid by 2030
imagine1day allows all donors to choose which project 100% of their donations goes towards supporting. Our run and this fundraiser will be no different. Every cent of your donation will go directly to imagine1day and help with infrastructure development such as building schools, libraries, and latrines, and a grip of capacity building ranging from professional development programs for teachers, leadership and small business training for Parent Teacher Associations, and leadership and M&E training for our government partners, and much more!
See the affect your donation could have: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ke8RxXC8y7Q
Now….it’s up to you guys! We appreciate all of your support and we look forward to working together!
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email us:
Ryan Plourde: firstname.lastname@example.org
Benjamin Morse: email@example.com
Ryan and Ben!