Over the winter break between semesters I myself, Robert Scrivner, along with Luke Dakin, and David Marino from the UCCS cross-country team traveled with our coach Mark Misch to a village south of Eldoret, Kenya for three weeks. There, we lived in an orphanage with no running water or electricity with 17 of the most joyful children I have ever encountered. During our stay, we trained alongside very talented distance runners and met Olympians and high caliber athletes from all around the world. Daily, we ran on beautiful red clay roads and enjoyed the lush green forests.
Everywhere we went we encountered compassionate people who were very excited to greet us. Despite the poverty and lack of resources these people faced, the Kenyans are full of joy and love for one another.
During our stay we made a trip to a local primary school where we saw one of the major effects of the nation’s poor economic conditions. Over 500 students attend Cheptigit Primary School while only 11 teachers are employed to educate these children. These teachers make only a meager $47 a month to support themselves and their families. The school is in dire need of more teachers as it continues to expand because of the vast number of children in the community, however it is unable to employ more teachers because of financial difficulties.
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