Safe Water and AIDS Project has for
the sixth year been involved in the World AIDS Marathon organization.
Harber Charitable Foundation has been a loyal donor financially supporting the
World AIDS Marathon. The year 2011 marks the sixth
year of the World AIDS Marathon in Kisumu, Kenya. By now local residents and
businesses in Kisumu know us well. Particularly in the early morning hours of
1st December, World AIDS Day, when all the runners wearing our signature yellow
T-shirts gather in Jomo Kenyatta Sports Grounds.
Each years’ event
results in an increase in registered runners and walkers who literally travel
from all over the world (U.S., U.K, the Netherlands and others) and from all
walks of life (pro runners, scientists, people living with HIV,
young and old, commercial sex workers, gay community, disabled, Kenyan and
Ugandan Athletes) to be part of the day. With this growth there is also
expanded HIV awareness within the local community and media.
important news, though, is that the World AIDS Marathon in Kisumu is playing an
important role in helping to break down the barriers of stigma associated with
HIV. Participants and volunteers alike want people to know that no matter what a
person’s HIV status we can come together to support and encourage each other to
live healthier lives.
The activities during World AIDS
This year the National World AIDS Day
celebrations were taken to Kisumu coordinated by the National AIDS Control
Council which brought a big crowd to the Jomo Kenyatta Sportsground and a number
of dignitaries among them Ministers and diplomats. Mama Sarah Obama came just as
the previous years to grace the occasion.
The following activities took place:
Full Marathon – 42 kilometers (over
Half Marathon – 21 kilometers (over
kilometer walk for HIV positive children and other vulnerable children (240
Voluntary Counseling and Testing
Services – Over 100 people tested for HIV
Treatment of Sexually Transmitted
Male Circumcisions – 46 men
circumcised at the Sports ground and many others referred
Condom Demonstrations and free
Two Orphan Dinners and medical
treatment of 56 orphans
First AID coordinated by Kenyan Red
and half marathon was flagged off at 7.00 am. Along the route every kilometer a
water station where runners were served with safe drinking water by volunteers
drawn from community self-help groups. They were community self-help groups
trained on safe water systems promoting safe water to the public as well.
Various organizations and partners supported with first aid, vehicles, food and
snacks for the children, banners, t-shirts and registration of the runners.
Along the route traffic police helped control the traffic. The children’s walk
started from Kondele Sports ground escorted by the prison band ended at the
sports ground. One of the HIV support groups provided catered for the children
after the walk. Parents, teachers and staff from various organizations walked
along to support the children. Over 240 children walked this year. SWAP engaged
around 500 volunteers helping with first aid, traffic control, water stations,
ushers, registration, time keeping and other activities.
Promotional efforts for the marathon
were helped using a website provided free by Google: http://sites.google.com/site/worldaidsmarathonkisumu/,
a twitter feed: https://twitter.com/#!/WAMkisumu,
and a facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kisumu-World-AIDS-Marathon/167968474211.
photo album, please click here: http://bit.ly/vYvNEe
and AIDS Project