It Takes a (Global) Village

Kipkalwa students and the current Kipkalwa School, half a century old!

Following independence in 1963, Kenyans eagerly anticipated advances in economic development, standard of living and education. But being a large and predominantly rural country, change was slow to arrive in remote areas, such as the village of Matunget, located a mile and a half high above the Great Rift Valley in northwestern Kenya.

With the nearest primary school several miles away and no early childhood education, Margaret Kosgei did her best to teach her own 7 children and in 1967, made a decision and commitment that has touched thousands of lives over the ensuing half century. She led a Harambee to establish the Kipkalwa School, where she taught the young children of Matunget for 4 decades, instilling in them a love of learning and creating opportunities for a brighter future.

Abraham, teacher Emily, and students, in their Santa Fe Thunder shirts

Daughter Emily Kosgei obtained her teaching credential and has carried on Margaret’s efforts for the past decade and son Abraham has long dreamed of another Harambee to establish a new school to further advance Margaret and Emily’s commitment to the children.

After the 7th running of Santa Fe Thunder in September, Abraham spent 3 weeks in Kenya advancing the Kipkalwa School Project. We are thrilled to share photos of his visit as well as the news that thanks to a generous donation this week by the owner of the Global Wildlife Center in Folsom, Louisiana, the Kipkalwa School Project has raised $18,000 toward our $30,000 fundraising goal!

We are working hard to reach our goal by the end of this year, which will enable Global Running Culture to carry out construction of the new school this coming spring. An African proverb says it takes a whole village to raise a child. Thanks to Abraham and Global Running Culture’s efforts, the village of Matunget’s support of the next generation has expanded to include friends from around the world.

We invite you to join Global Running Culture’s all-volunteer effort by making a 100% tax-deductible donation to the Kipkalwa School Project. Donations of any amount will help raise the school, and with it, more opportunities for learning.

Click here to learn more about Global Running Culture’s mission to better the lives of youth through the powers of sport and education in 3 primarily indigenous communities where running is a vital part of the culture: Matunget, Kenya, northern New Mexico, and Copper Canyon, Mexico.

Asante Sana (Thank you very much!),

Global Running Culture

Kipkalwa students enjoy Big Blue and Big Trailer. Everybody fits!