BENEFITING: FRIENDS OF IMAGINE1DAY INC
EVENT: #STARTARYOT Challenge
EVENT DATE: Nov 08, 2013
WHAT? The TIGRAYTREK282 is a 282 Kilometer run to be completed by a team of Peace Corps Ethiopia Volunteers.
WHERE? Tigray, the northern desert region of Ethiopia. We will run from the town of Hawizen in the north of Tigray to the town of Alamata, in the south.
WHEN? We will complete the trek over an 8 day period, from October 31-November 7, 2013. We will stop in a different community each day, as we continue south towards Alamata.
WHO? The trek organizers are Ryan Plourde and Ben Morse. Other team members are Hannah Yang, Sally Kintner, and Forrest Copeland. We are all US Peace Corps Volunteers serving in the Tigray Region.
WHY? Why would anyone want to run 282 kilometers in the desert in the horn of Africa?
Ethiopia has arguably the best running culture in the entire world and has generated some of the world’s most elite distance runners. Sadly, this country (which has become our 2nd home as Peace Corps Volunteers) still faces ongoing challenges related to education and health.
What better way to raise awareness in Ethiopia than through running?
We hope to accomplish two goals through this event:
(1) To Raise Awareness about HIV within the Tigray region. As we run through Tigray we will stop in 1 town per day and conduct an educational session about HIV (a total of 8 sessions)
(2) To promote access quality education for all Ethiopian children by raising funds for imagine1day, which is an organization dedicated to the provision of equal access and high quality education for Ethiopian children.
imagine1day supports infrastructural improvements (building schools, libraries, latrines) as well as capacity building (teacher development, business literacy, and leadership training), and more information about specific projects can be found on their website: www.imagine1day.org
“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