Every year, on the 3rd of December, the Ubuntu Life Foundation joins the world in commemorating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This year we communed under the theme "Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world." The Foundation re-committed its efforts towards supporting this theme by making an extra effort to foster a society where children with special needs have access to education and healthcare. The Ubuntu Life Foundation commemorated the day with a 5K run which attracted over 200 participants from its hometown of Maai Mahiu and surrounding regions. Thanks to meticulous planning by Mary Kuria and the Foundation team, the event was a huge success. The event raised over $6,000 for the Foundation's 2022 programs with individual participation fees and corporate donations.
The run was the Foundation's first public event since the advent of the global pandemic. It was incredibly joyful for our kids to experience the overwhelming support of their broader Maai Mahiu community once again. The run followed a gorgeous scenic route with breathtaking views of Kenya's Rift Valley. Many were inspired to follow the trail regularly and have already committed to future 5Ks.
The Foundation hopes to make the 5K run an annual event with next year's held in tandem with an Austin-based 5K for our US-based Tribe Heart Members to participate. We encourage you all to register!
"It is not how much we give but how much love we put into giving." - Mother Teresa.