Thank you for taking the time to read about WHY I RUN for Hope Water Project! This is my 2nd year running the half marathon.
I am running again not because I love running, but I want to be used by God to help others, be active with my family and be healthy. Running is challenging for me, but every time I get tired or get thirsty, I am humbled by the ability I have to rest when I get home and drink a clean glass of water easily. Whereas, a Pokot woman and her daughters as young as 4-5 from northwestern Kenya are walking 3-6 miles in extreme heat often with no shoes daily to get dirty, filthy water. Do you know that the water jugs they carry weigh 45 pounds? AND they place it on top of their heads to walk home. Not to mention that the water they are retrieving to drink and feed their family is also the same water that animals drink and even go to the bathroom in - that’s the water the Pokot use to survive. The more I learn about their plight, the more I want to be part of a solution!
So maybe you are thinking, why the Pokot in Kenya and not just help close to home when there are needs here, too?
Well, I truly believe that God puts a passion in each of our hearts, which is different for everyone. This is where I believe I am called to help by running, sharing about the needs of others less fortunate than me and fundraising. I want to be a part of the change I hope to see in the world. Will you consider helping by praying for or donating to Hope Water Project to provide clean water through digging wells and improving the Pokots’ quality of life?
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