BENEFITING: Mapendo Inc
EVENT DATE: Sep 22, 2012
Right now in Africa, there are more than 2.5 million refugees in desperate need of long-term solutions. The most vulnerable among them include orphaned children and victims of torture and sexual violence. I know this because I just returned from working in Africa for almost three years with the international non-profit RefugePoint (formerly Mapendo International) where I met many people just like Daniel, a former refugee from the Congo.
In 2002, Daniel was one of thirty-two mothers and orphans discovered in a prison camp. At the time, Daniel could hardly walk from malnourishment and beatings he endured. Thankfully, Daniel was rescued and resettled to the United States where he was recruited in high school to join cross-country running. A natural, Daniel kept running and he eventually placed in the top five in his division at the national collegiate track and field competition.
On September 22nd, I am following in Daniel’s footsteps and challenging myself to complete the Spartan Beast obstacle race at Killington in Vermont. The race is a 13+ mile course up and down the ski mountain with 25+ obstacles thrown in the way. Originally, I was going to do it just for fun, but Spartan offered us the opportunity to fundraise for our favorite charities and I immediately thought of RefugePoint.
RefugePoint finds lasting solutions for the most vulnerable refugees in Africa. Will you help me support their work? Without organizations like this one, thousands of forgotten refugees like Daniel would still be in life-threatening situations. I have set an ambitious goal of raising $2,500. Whatever you can give - large or small - would be greatly appreciated. I also appreciate your encouragement as I tackle this tough race.
For more information about RefugePoint and the work they do, feel free to contact me or check out www.refugepoint.org.
For more info about the race itself, check out this link: www.spartanrace.com.