About the event
Please join us for the 13th edition of our annual 5K run/walk to benefit The Kipsongo Project! On Saturday, June 29th, we'll gather at Lapham Peak between 8 and 9am and the race will kick off at 9am. While these past few years have been challenging, the community in Kipsongo continues to thrive with students in our programs going on to top high schools, nursing schools, and college, while we also continue to offer our nutrition program, health programs, and economic empowerment programs. Funds raised at this year's race will help to sustain these programs.
We will also have jewelry and homeware items made by the women in Kipsongo available for purchase, an auction, face painting, and other fun activities for children to participate in. All proceeds from this event go directly to The Kipsongo Project.
We can't wait to see everyone in person in June! If you can't make it in person but would still like to participate, feel free to register and run/walk from wherever in the world you may be!
For anyone new to the event, here’s some background info:
The Kipsongo Project 5K Run/Walk is an annual event benefiting The Kipsongo Project, a 501 c3 non-profit organization based in Kipsongo Slum in Kenya. The Project aims to improve the lives of those living in Kipsongo Slum by equipping community members with the tools they need to earn an income and contribute positively to society. The Project funds various programs including children's nutrition and education programs, a micro-finance program, health programs, and more.
The Project was started 13 years ago by Krystina Finn and Lindsey Casagrande who were living in Kenya at the time. This 5K race, started by Krystina, was one of the first fundraisers held for the Project. Shortly afterwards, Krystina was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer and passed away in December of 2014 after a long and courageous battle. This race is a way to honor Krystina's legacy and to carry on her dream of helping the women and children in Kipsongo Slum.
Funds raised from this event will help fund the Project's current initiatives including:Children's Education - primary, secondary, and college studentsAdults' Education - computer classes, seamstress classesMicrofinance - small business establishment and developmentSolar Power Irrigation - allows farmers to grow crops during dry seasons, thereby increasing incomeDairy Cow and Poultry projectsChildren's Nutrition Program - provides three nutritious meals a day to children enrolled in our programPreventive Health - distribution of water filters, bed nets, and providing health insurance to all employeesCurative Health - helping finance unexpected medical expenses for the Kipsongo communityDemonstration Garden - teaching the Kipsongo community about bio-intensive farming techniques
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