CHANGING LIVES ONE MILE, JOB, AND HOUSE AT A TIME
Back on my feet (BoMF) combats homelessness through the power of running, community support and essential employment and housing resources.
The founder Anne Mahlum started running with 9 homeless men in 2007. They all signed and dated a “Dedication Contract” to commit themselves and the first one-mile run took place.
By committing to three morning runs per week the homeless got more structure in their days, support from their teammates and perspective in their life.
Running made a real change and gave them more self-confidence, which resulted in a job, house and independent living.
It was the start of a community where equality, friendship and positive behavior are important.
Back on My Feet proves that there is hope, that individuals can achieve things they never thought possible, and that there are people who will support them along the way.
Operating in 12 major US cities coast-to-coast, and gradually expanding to other continents. Their success rate of 46% is measured not only by the health impact of miles run, but also by how many individuals obtain education, employment and housing.
Since launching in 2007, Back on My Feet has served more than 6,000 individuals experiencing or at risk of homelessness and engaged more than 100,000 volunteers and supporters. At any given time, 80% of their members are participating in the Next Steps program, working to secure employment and housing. Every $1 invested in Back on My Feet returns nearly $2.50 to the local community through increased economic output, like employment and reduction in costs for shelter, medical services, incarceration and addiction treatment.
Apart from their own weekly runs, they partner with running events in the USA and have fundraising programs that guarantee entry into the World Marathon Majors Boston Marathon (16 April 2018), London Marathon ( 22 April 2018) and Berlin Marathon (16 September 2018) that sell out quickly.
More info: #BackOnMyFeet #BoMF
19 May 2018: GLOBAL 6K FOR WATER
Water is essential for all life on earth and therefore, is key to sustainable development. A very large proportion of those living in poverty lack access to clean water and basic sanitation.
6 kilometers is the average distance that people in the developing world walk for water—water that is often contaminated with life-threatening diseases. On Saturday, May 19th, thousands of participants from around the globe will walk or run 6k to bring clean water to communities in need.
World Vision works in nearly 100 countries and brings clean water to 1 person every 10 seconds.
Each participant’s registration fee provides life-changing clean water for one person. When you participate in the Global 6K for Water you take that 6K distance away and improve their life tremendously.
Joining Team World Vision is simple. Search for a race in your area or travel to another city. If you don’t see an event near you, sign up for one of our DIY events to run, ride, or complete your own adventure.
Bring your family, friends, church, and neighbors together to walk or run the 6K! You’ll be equipped with everything you need, from planning guides and t-shirts, to signage and event-day materials (like cowbells and face paint) for an enhanced experience.
15-25 July 2018: RUN FROM POVERTY, NAIROBI, KENYA
A challenge that will not only push you out of your comfort zone to achieve something extraordinary, but in doing so will transform the lives of orphaned and abandoned children currently living in poverty in Kenya.
Over 1 billion children worldwide are living in poverty… that’s one in every two children in the world. Or that according to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty…that’s over 8 million children needlessly dying each year out of the eye of the western media.
The Run from Poverty Experience enables you to make a difference in hundreds of children’s lives by running and raising funds to build more schools and homes in Kenya, to break the poverty cycle.
Over 10 incredible days you’ll experience a journey like no other. The total group will be around 20 people and is open to participants from anywhere in the world AND any level of running ability.
The first couple of days are immersed in the running culture of Iten…’the home of champions’ at the world famous High Altitude Training Centre (HATC). Here you will be surrounded and inspired by some of the best athletes in the world including current and past Olympic champions.
You’ll get your hands dirty as you get involved in some building work at the One Heart Children’s Village so you can leave your mark. Here we also get to spend some time at the One Heart School and get to know the kids
You will be exposed to the realities of poverty and what can be done to change it as you’ll visit the street kid’s shelters, slums and get to meet the many friends and partners of One Heart. For some, it will be the opportunity to meet their sponsor child.
Then the ultimate test… the actual Run from Poverty. Choose your own distance to suit your ability. From 5km right up to a full marathon. You can also choose to complete the marathon in a relay if you are traveling as a team. It’s up to you…so challenge yourself.
A journey to Kenya wouldn’t be complete without a safari, so we finish the experience in the breathtaking Masai Mara National Park to witness the annual migration of the wildebeest including breakfast with the hippos!
One Heart is a not-for-profit foundation that was established in 2007 out of Australia and working in Kenya. One Heart’s primary focus is to change the future of orphaned and abandoned children living in poverty in Kenya, and in turn see whole communities transformed through education, leadership, empowerment and most importantly – love.
More info: #RunFromPoverty #OneHeartFoundation
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