I am so excited at the opportunity to be running the 122nd Boston Marathon, on April 16th, 2018 with Team Flying Kites, a Boston-based nonprofit organization that runs a school in rural Kenya.
I am committed to helping Flying Kites provide high-level education and care to critically-poor and vulnerable children in Kenya, which entails raising $10,000 for the organization before I run this historic 26.2-mile race.
I will also have the opportunity to join the team at their High-Altitude Training Camp in the Aberdare Mountains of Kenya in March 2018, to run at altitude, get schooled by elite Kenyan runners 🏃♀️ and meet the students whose lives I am helping transform.
Please consider supporting my efforts by making a donation to my fundraising page and also sharing my page with your friends.
I am so grateful for the opportunity to share our work with you and on behalf of Flying Kites and the wonderful children they serve, thank you so much.
Please read on for more information about Flying Kites and the great work that happens here:
At Flying Kites in Kenya, we are igniting the potential of vulnerable children in our Leadership Academy and through our LaunchPad Initiative. We believe that providing students with access to high-quality education and holistic support is vital to alleviating suffering, increasing gender equality and promoting economic sustainability. By meeting the needs of the whole child, our programs give students the tools they need to build their best lives and positively impact their families, communities and country.
Our primary school operates as both a boarding and a day school, providing a competitive education to students in the wider community, as well as opportunities for temporary housing and care for students who are orphaned and homeless. Led by a former director of Nairobi's top international schools, Flying Kites Leadership Academy is consistently ranked among the top three schools in our district of 60+ schools.
Our LaunchPad Initiative ensures that young people in our community are able to pursue meaningful career paths, develop healthy relationships, contribute to their communities, and establish a life trajectory of self-sufficiency. The curriculum, which accompanies students through four years of secondary school, focuses on financial literacy, personal health, and work readiness, and is delivered through workshops and 1-on-1 coaching, with expectations for personal reflection & action.
In sub-Saharan Africa, eleven million children leave school before completing fifth grade. In rural Kenya, students who are lucky enough to be in school often face insurmountable barriers to learning, including hunger, disease, and lack of access to trained and supported teachers. In order to leverage our model and multiply our impact, our Teacher Training Institute will build the capacity of local teachers to help them improve student outcomes and move more children out of poverty.