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The motto is ‘Yes We Do”. On Friday we were proud and delighted to open our Fifth Shoe4Africa School, The Mary Keitany Shoe4Africa Secondary School. This, as with all of our projects, is a Public institution and a gift to the people of Kenya. Currently in Baringo County there is a severe lack of public secondary schools and Governor Stanley Kiptis stated that this school is a wonderful asset for the community. The school is built in the shadow of the ‘Makilany’ hill (“where no one can climb”) and it was on top of this hill that Mary Keitany was born and was raised. To climb this hill is tough and there is no clear path, there were no neighbors, no electric, no water… and it was a ten-kilometer run over the toughest terrain to get to school. Read more on the link below.

Thank you to Olympic champion Vivian Cheruiyot, Olympic Steeplechase Gold medalist Mathew Birir Birir, Former World Marathon record holder Wilson Kipsang Kipsang, Double World Marathon champion Edna Kiplagat Kiplagat, World Half Marathon record holder Jociline Jepkosgei, World Marathon Silver medalist Simon Biwott, Boston Marathon champion Wesley Kipchumba Koriry Korir, Double World 5000m silver medalist Sylvia Kibet, and forty-five (plus) athletes who came to celebrate with the World Marathon record holder, MaryKeitany.

Entertainment was provided by a Kalenjin legend Lillian Rotich – one of Kenya’s most famous gospel singers, and the Governor came to give his support. He thought that this was a private school so was really happy to learn his county gained another asset. The school was opened by 12-year old June Jerotich, a local girl who on that day became a star of the community. Thanks to the school kids from Kanjulul, and the women’s groups for providing superb entertainment!

***Furthermore, last but not least, Sunday was the Shoe4Africa Public Children’s Hospital 3rd birthday!! We have treated over 250,000 kids at the center!!READ the story about the opening here —https://www.nation.co.ke/…/M…/1100-4708450-phwx6o/index.html