Two weeks after Santa Fe Thunder, Abraham flew to Nairobi and launched the next phase of the Kipkalwa School Project. After spending a few days with his mom, Margaret, Abraham drove Big Blue and Big Trailer from Eldoret to Matunget, a distance of some 70K. On the way, he stopped at the place where you get sand and loaded up.
I haven’t yet learned where the trailer tire went flat. Abraham reported that he didn’t have a tool kit, but fortunately the guy who built the trailer was willing to drive out there with the right tools and before too long, Abraham and Big Blue resumed their journey. Fortunately, as I learned on our last trip, cell phone coverage in the Great Rift Valley these days is far superior to places like Santa Fe.
Obstacles and resistance are the coin of the realm in our business. We are working both at home and far away and are accustomed to heavy lifting and exertion. Bumps in the road are overcome, calm is maintained, and the pace is maintained over time. It is no surprise that distance runners are the type to get things done.
We agreed that sand weighs a lot and that taking it easy on the equipment is the way to go. After all, Big Blue can make a few trips if necessary. Abraham’s efforts to stockpile the materials will help Uncle Ismael continue with the work that has now begun, preparing for our return visit next spring to construct the school.
Abraham’s Uncle Ishmael is the local Project Manager. We spent an afternoon together during the first GRC trip to Kenya. Soon after, Ishmael retired from his position as Director of Cultural Resources for Elgeyo-Marawket County.
Uncle Ishmael proposed to provide us with a letter authorizing transport of our kudu horn, ceremonial cape and monkey hat from Kenya to New Mexico in furtherance of educational and cultural exchange. He was to meet us with the letter at the Kenyan National XC Championships at Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi. Before the races began, someone approached me and gave me a letter along with the explanation that Ishmael couldn’t make it but wished us well. As Tim Gunn says “make it work!”
We are thankful to be on our journey and to share it with friends who are supporting Global Running Culture’s efforts to better the lives of youth through the powers of sport and education. Big Blue’s 72 horsepower is energizing the community. The Harambee for building the school will be the biggest local event since Margaret held her own in 1967 to establish the Kipkalwa School. We follow in the footsteps of amazing leaders and are honored to contribute to the life-changing work that Margaret, and her daughter/current teacher Emily, have done.
We invite you to join us and find out what comes next. It is never easy, but we are committed to our journey, and enjoying every step of the way.
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