Kenya is famous for its incredible athletes with runners that have topped olympic podiums and set records all across the globe. While it’s true that many of the world’s best endurance athletes come from Kenya, not all of these runners are given a chance to shine. With the average wages in Kenya being less than a dollar a day, a wage which in rural places barely covers school fees let alone food and housing, many young and aspiring runners do not have an opportunity to showcase their talents. That’s why Cross World Africa developed the Secondary School Scholarship Project so that young boys and girls with a thirst for knowledge and a passion for athletics are provided the opportunity to pursue both of these dreams.
Meet Brian Limo, one of the recipients of this scholarship program. Brian lives in Iten, Kenya and is one of the region's upcoming running stars. Currently, his times in the 1,500, 5k, and 10k are comparable to that of top collegiate athletes in the US. Through this program, Brian was able to enroll as a sophomore at St.Francis Kimurgon. This is the same school that David Rudisha, the 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist and World Record Holder in the 800 meters attended. Our hope is that by providing financial assistance for school fees, Brian will be able to bring collegiate, and maybe one day, Olympic dreams to life.
Below are a few pictures of Brian on his first day of school. He sends his thanks to supporters of Cross World Africa for who have made his scholarship and this opportunity possible.