Several years ago, Irene Tongoi was inspired to start a school in one of Nairobi’s poorest slums. She saw the number of children missing out on an education because of finances – a missed opportunity that would impact them for the rest of their lives. She decided to act. She founded the New Dawn Educational Centre and has since seen hundreds of children graduate from secondary school in Kenya.
Also several years ago, a ten-year-old in Tennessee was inspired to start a 5k race at home. She heard about the number of children – people just like her and her friends -- who were missing out on the chance to receive an education in Africa. She decided to act. She dreamt up Ellie’s Run for Africa and has since raised over $500,000 to support New Dawn.
Over the years, Ellie went to New Dawn. Irene came to Ellie’s Run. And as Ellie’s Run wrapped up after its 11th annual race, Irene was inspired once again. She got to thinking -- there’s a park in Nairobi; there’s a community of people who love New Dawn in Nairobi; and there are runners in Nairobi. Maybe this was an idea that could work across the ocean and raise local funds for the school, helping it become more self-sustainable. So this October, the very first Ellie’s Run in Africa will take place.
New Dawn’s inaugural “Run for Hope” is scheduled for October 28th. Irene and the New Dawn board are currently busy seeking sponsorships from local businesses and churches, booking Nairobi’s Karura Forest for the event, and getting all the little details of hosting a race nailed down. Kenyan Olympic runner Paul Tergat is even championing the race!
As Irene and New Dawn work to grow local income and ownership of the school, will you pray for the success of this event with us?