The Konga Project

Back in 2017 I spent a month in Ongata Rongai Kenya that would change my life forever. I was volunteering at The Ongata Rongai Special Care Center, a home for children and young adults with disabilities that have no where else to live. Many of the children came to the center as orphans, or because their family couldn't provide for them given the challenging cost of supporting a child with special needs. The Center is run by an incredibly gracious couple, Henry & Diana Konga, as well as some fantastic staff members.

But unfortunately, due to issues with the facility where the center was located it had to be temporarily shut down. Henry and Diana are working tirelessly to get a new center built on a plot of land they own, but in the mean time many of the children have been left with very few options. Some of the staff have set up smaller homes to provide for the children while the new center is being built, but they are quickly running out of money to pay the rent at these locations. This is why I decided to set up the Konga Project and where I'm asking for your help. 

The first Konga Project event will be a virtual 5K race to raise money to help support the children while the new facility is being built. The suggested donation to join the race is $20, but larger donations are greatly appreciated. Once you have made your donation you can download the Strava running app and request to join The Konga Project group. After joining the group, then register for the Virtual 5K Race event. Then hit the streets anytime anywhere between November 22nd and December 7th. After your run your time should automatically upload to the event and you should be able to see the other runners times as well.


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  • Aaron Parisier 
    • $50 
    • 2 hrs
  • Cooper Nidds 
    • $50 
    • 5 hrs
  • Brian Daniels 
    • $50 
    • 6 hrs
  • Samuel Karkassoni  
    • $20 
    • 6 hrs
  • Kevin Spreitzer 
    • $50 
    • 8 hrs
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Chris Derrico 
New York, NY
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