IOC President Jacques Rogge was back in Eldoret, the heartland of Kenyan athletics, five years after his first visit. President Rogge was welcomed by Kenya’s native son and double gold medallist, Kip Keino, who has built schools, an orphanage and an elite training facility for athletes. On 13 May, President Rogge inaugurated the secondary school, in the presence of the Kenyan Ministers of Sport and Education.
Making a difference through education and sport
Since his retirement from sport, IOC honorary member, Kip Keino has been helping his country by providing the most necessary of tools - schools, so that children are able to grow up and help themselves. Each child is given the chance to have a good education and a brighter future. Today, the Kip Keino (elementary/middle) School houses, feeds and educates over 300 orphans and children from Eldoret. At the secondary school, environmental care and the Olympic Values Education Programme (OVEP) will be an integral part of the curriculum. Its students will thus discover and learn about the values of respect for self and others, fair play, excellence, joy in effort and the balance of body, mind and will.
Donation of sports equipment
During his stay in Eldoret, President Rogge will also donate sports equipment and funds to the Red Cross for Internally Displaced Youth in Ngarua – Annesene Secondary School in Eldoret, thus providing a semblance of normality, hope and structure to lives that have been disrupted by conflict. Especially for the youngsters, sport can bring them a little joy while they are living very difficult lives. As President Rogge says: “The IOC will continue using sport as a tool to assist those whose lives are ravaged by war and disease and who are disadvantaged and marginalised.”
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