On our way home!

Hey All, 

We are in the Dubai Airport after a great trip. We re now looking at a 16 hour flight to Dallas and then a quick flight back to Denver. 

During our last couple days we watched / filmed a time trial for athletes at Chepkero training camp. Many of these athletes are hoping to be running in the NCAA this coming fall.

We awarded the athletes with shoes that had been donated to us by many generous donors. We also delivered over 400 pounds of donated textbooks to a new high school courtesy of the UCCS library, UCCS office of sustainability, and Derek Tao.

We also visited one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen at a cliff side tea house overlooking the Rift Valley. 

Thank you all for following our trip! It's been a great one. If you are interested in supporting one of our programs such as child sponsorship, please email us at This trip has reaffirmed to us the need for child sponsors as we have many great kids who are seeking the opportunity to go to high school.

Thank you to everyone who has followed our trip and everyone who has supported us!




Hey Forrest here,

So far Kenya has been an absolute blast. As a group we have seen a lot of amazing things from wild animals like Zebras and Monkey’s to the beautiful landforms of Kenya. Most importantly we have learned much about many of the children’s lives throughout Eldoret. We had a great interview process with the children applying for financial aid. It was one thing to see how much these children work by reading the applications but it’s a whole new story when they actually tell you for themselves. The work ethic and perseverance these children have is crazy. Some of these kids wake up at 5:00 a.m. every morning to go to school and finish at 8:00 p.m. I wish we could sponsor every child to go to secondary school because every one of them deserves it.

Some minor funny situations have happened throughout the trip such as my yellow suitcase. My yellow suitcase has been brought aside for inspection at every airport that we stopped. It must be cursed or something so Luke and I think that we may sprinkle holy water on it before we take off on our flights back home.


Kenya so far has been a great experience and I really don’t want to leave the 14th. Although I would kill for a Big Mack at McDonald’s.

Also we would also like to add a side note on a girl named Beatrice Kibet. Beatrice currently lives with her grandmother in Cheptigit village and dreams of becoming a doctor. When asked what her biggest goal in life is, Beatrice said, "I pray to God to be a doctor to help those who are sick and treat all types of diseases in my community and the world." Beatrice went on to say that she would like to, "help orphans and those who are needy."

Beatrice has had some traumatic experiences that have shaped her future life goals. Her parents died when she was young and she has lived with her grandmother ever since. However, with her grandmother's health failing, she needs to further her education so that she can earn a job where she can provide for herself.

Even on her grandmother's 1/2 acre corn farm, the maximum that they could earn from selling corn is 11,000 shillings, or $122 per year. High school tuition ranges from $500 to $850 per year.

Please consider sponsoring Beatrice. You would truly be changing a life.


-          Forrest Hough



What We've Been Working On

We have all had so much fun on this trip and have already experienced so much. Kenyan hospitality is incredible and so many people have welcomed us into their homes for tea or have invited us on runs. We have met so many people who have inspired us in the same way that they inspired us to create the Harambee Foundation after our first trip to Kenya.

The main reason we came to Kenya was to develop our child sponsorship program. The second day that we arrived we interviewed almost 100 eighth graders who were applying for sponsorships. We set two criteria, need and academic achievement. 

To give you an idea of the amount of kids that met the need requirements, we had a number of sub-categories. Our first criteria was orphaned kids, second was single parents, third was children with disabilities, fourth was children from very poor families, fifth was children from families who were not poor but they had entered some sort of financial difficulty. Almost every child met one of these criteria.

We interviewed 4 orphans, 8 children with at least 1 deceased parent, 1 child with a disability, and so many who were from poor families and families who had fallen on hard times. Many of the poor families were homeless and illegally squatting on government land or in the forest. 

The 4 orphans had truly incredible stories. All of them except 1 had met our academic achievement requirements of earning at least a B- in primary school. One of the children had been responsible for raising his 2 younger sisters while he was in middle school. Sadly he did not make our academic achievement requirements. However, we are helping him retake 8th grade to improve his grades. 

We have selected 12 children to sponsor on to high school. So far we have sponsors for 6 of the children. Please join us in child sponsorship. These children have truly incredible, inspiring, yet heart-wrenching stories. We will be posting information on these children. Please consider these children’s applications.

A child sponsorship not only gives a child a chance to pursue their dreams but it also helps them lift their families out of poverty. 

Thank you,



Kenya Update from Madi

Hello everyone,


Thanks so much for following us on our blog! Our trip is going really well. With the help of some very generous sponsors, we have already accomplished a lot here in Kenya.

We just dropped the Colorado Christian University guys and Alec off at the Eldoret airport as they will be traveling home tonight and tomorrow. Before they left each person planted a tree at the orphanage. They all choose one child at the orphanage to take care of their tree. This is such a cool tradition they have to plant trees for all of the visitors to the orphanage. Luke will have 3 trees planted for him by the time we leave next week :) It was a blessing to have met all of them and they are wonderful people who have such big hearts for the children here in Kenya. Safe travels to them!

One of the gentlemen in the neighborhood invited us over for tea this morning. The family was so welcoming to our group and we enjoyed visiting them at their house. They made us tea and chipati (really yummy Kenyan food!) and then made us a delicious lunch. Just another reminder of how welcoming the people are here in Kenya!

We also are helping one of the 8th grade students who applied for secondary school through our organization. We suggested to him that he retake 8th grade to improve his grades so that he can get into a good high school. Today we had the opportunity to present him with some new shoes and clothes. Coach Coon is paying for his uniform and books, thank you Coach!

I think the next few days will be a little less busy, so hopefully we will have time to hang out with the Children at the orphanage. They are all wonderful children! Moses is growing up so fast, he is 1 year and 5 months now!! So blessed to be staying with these children.

Thanks you again for supporting us on our journey. Hello to everyone at home!


Madi Neher





Nairobi, Children's Home and Iten

We drove from Nairobi to the Children's home on Friday and had quite the adventure. We saw zebras, flamingos, and many other great things along the way.

After a long drive, we arrived at the orphanage at 11:30 PM and were greeted by 30 excited kids and the staff of Grace of God Children's Home. It was so wonderful to see the kids and they were so welcoming. In fact, when we arrived the children all sang us songs.

The past couple of days have been extremely busy, however much has been accomplished. We interviewed nearly 100 children who were applying for high school sponsorships. It was emotionally draining and yet so inspiring to hear these children's stories. Thanks to our donors we were able to sponsor 6 more children onto high school. Everyone was so grateful and 300 members of the community came to throw us a party. It was an incredible experience!

We will update you again as soon as we can. Thanks for following us on our journey to Kenya!


Luke and Madi



First Day in Kenya!

We are in Nairobi! Forrest, Nick and I went on our first run this morning and ran by the President of Kenya's house. We got a tour of the city on our run this morning then came back and had some breakfast at the University of Nairobi where we are staying. Now we are off to go get a tour of Nairobi and do some exploring.

Meanwhile, our group of Evan, Josh, Brian, Coach Coon and Alec has been sidelined by a 4 hour delay on their connecting flight in Houston to Istanbul. This has caused them to miss their connection to Nairobi. However, the airline is paying for them to stay at a hotel in Istanbul, food, and a 24 hour visa then they will meet us in Kenya on January 2nd. So they get an unexpected trip to Istanbul! Have fun guys!




We're in Dubai! Headed to Nairobi

This morning Nick, Forrest, Madi and I flew on a sunrise flight from Denver to Dallas and then hustled to our connecting flight. We narrowly made our connecting flight (thank goodness it was running a good 40 minutes late) and then traveled to Dubai. We got a glimpse of the Dubai skyline and can see the tallest building in the world from our terminal! We only have 1 more 5 hour flight into Nairobi and then we will be staying the night at Nairobi University.

Evan, Brian, Josh, Coach Coon, and Alec will be leaving today and are meeting us in Nairobi in a couple days. Wishing them safe travels!




Getting ready for our 3rd trip to Kenya!

On the morning of Monday, the 29th, we have the wonderful opportunity to travel to the Grace of God Children Center in Kenya with some great college students (and cross country Coach)! We are very grateful to have this opportunity and are looking forward to reuniting with good friends in Kenya. As we travel, be sure to follow our adventures on this blog.

This year we have Madi Neher traveling for the second year in a row. She loved the experience so much that she wanted to go back right away! Plus, she has been a big help this year in supporting the Harambee Foundations projects.

We also have two new travelers from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS), Nick Lehmann and Forrest Hough. They are both runners on the cross country team at UCCS and will have fun running in Kenya but also are looking forward to working in the community and helping with our projects.

This will be the first year that we will have a group of student-athletes from Colorado Christian University joining us. I have gotten to know Evan, Josh, Brian, and Coach Coon this year and am glad that they will be joining us. They have a heart for this type of a trip and think they will have a great time being with the kids, working in the community and running with the Kenyans.

My friend, Alec Wright from my hometown in Louisville will also be joining us on this years trip. He is currently a student at the University of Colorado in Boulder and this will be his first trip to Kenya. He isn't too sure about this running stuff but he is looking forward to his first trip to Kenya, and getting to work on the Harambee Foundation's projects. I know he will have a great experience in Kenya.

I get to go on my 3rd trip to Kenya this year and I am very excited about the group we have going, the opportunities that are in front of us, and the programs that we are currently working on.

As part of our shoe donation project, we have packed 18 bags with 900 pounds of donated shoes and books that each of our travelers will bring in their checked bags and give to schools, runners, children, and others in the village of Kaptagat. We are very grateful for the overwhelming support we have receive from all of our donors including the UCCS Library, Brooks, Boulder Running Company, Runners Roost, Born Again Used Books, and so many other donors that have helped with this project.

We will also be spending lots of time with our sponsored children. Our Child Sponsorship Program is a life changing opportunity for children in the village of Kaptagat as it provides them with the opportunity to go to high school and pursue their dreams. This year we will be able to show these sponsors the impact they have made by allowing our sponsors to web chat with their children.

We will also be interviewing the next round of potential sponsored children and connecting them with sponsors in the US. Let us know if you would be interested in child sponsorship!

While we are in Kenya we will be staying at the Grace of God Children Center, which is an orphanage for children in need in this village. Traveling to Kenya is the first time I have ever seen homeless children. It really is heart wrenching and the work that Grace of God Children does with these kids is truly inspiring. It is always great to stay and work with this great organization and be with these amazing kids.

We will be doing so many incredible things outside of work including visiting the "City of Champions" in Iten, visiting Lake Baringo, Lake Bogoria, and so much more.

Follow along here to stay updated on our journey!




Signed Nike Victory Spike Auction


The Spikes shown above have been signed by the following athletes and coaches:


Kipkoge Keino
4 Time Olympic Medalist
Held Multiple World Records during 60's

Ezekiel Kemboi
2-Time Olympic Gold Medalist, 3k Steeplechase
3k Steeplechase Best: 7:55.76 (6th Fastest All-Time)

Daniel Komen
Gold Medalist 1998 World Championships 5k (13:46.57)
3k World Record Holder (7:20.67)


Patrick Sang
Silver Medalist 1992 Olympic Steeplechase (8:09.55)
Half Marathon Best: 1:01:02

Sammy Rono - Head Coach Kenyan Athletics

Abraham Kiplagat
2010 Commonwealth Games 800m Bronze Medalist
800m best 1:43:77

Jake Robertson
5k best 13:15.54
  10k Best:

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Zane Robertson
1500m best: 3:35.45
5k best: 13:13.83

Isaac Songok
Silver medalist 2004 IAAF World Championships, 1500: 3:48.32
5k Best:  

Coach Colm O'Connell
Currently Coaching David Rudisha
Has coached 25 world champions and 4 Olympic Gold Medalists

Eunice Sum
800m Best: 1:57.38
1500m Best: 4:02.05

Sally Jepkosgei Kipyego
Silver Medalist 10k, 2012 London Olympics (30:26.37)
5k best: 14:30.42

Alfred Kirwa Yego
Gold Medalist 2007 IAAF World Championships 800m
800m Best 1:42.67 (46th Fastest All-time)

Lydia Cheromei
Winner of Yokohama Women's Marathon 2012
Marathon Best: 2:21:30


All of the money from this auction will be donated to The Harambee Foundation. Please read more about us on our homepage.

Continue to the bottom of this page to place a bid.


The Spikes were sold at Kenyan Dinner Night for $400!



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The Blog Posts we Weren't Able to Post

David Olson wrote 3 blog posts that we weren't able to put up because we weren't in very many places that had internet. These updates provide good insights into our trip!


David Olson - Blog Update from 1/7/14

A lot has happened here since my last blog entry and I honestly don’t even know where to start. We spent all of yesterday volunteering at Chiptigit Primary School, playing around with the kids. It was awesome to see how different the school systems are here in Kenya compared to that in the U.S. We were there on their first day back from summer break, so the kids started off the day cleaning out all the classrooms. Before they started this though, they had a Kenyan flag-raising ceremony, which was awesome. It was very similar to how American students start off the day by saying the pledge of allegiance. They would raise the flag while it was still folded up and they would shake the rope it was tied to to unfold the flag. It was really cool to see and I’m pretty sure we got a video of it.

From there Chris, Ryan, and I taught third graders English (when to use a, an, or the) and math. The children probably didn’t understand most of what we were saying but they were all very respectful and attentive. They are definitely eager to learn, even on the first day of school. After that we went outside and had recess for literally two hours. We played a lot of Kenyan children’s games and when we were asked to come up with a game of our own, we decided on sharks and minnows. The kids loved it. The second half of recess was a little weird to be honest. Each of us mizungus were standing within a crowd of little Kenyan children, so at first the children started feeling the hair on my legs. Most of them probably haven’t seen leg hair before so I was amused at their curiosity. But from there, one child found that if you reach for my armpits or neck, it tickles. Once the other children saw this, they all started doing it. Hundreds of them, all tickling me. It was terrible. Everywhere I went there were more little Kenyan children, so it took me a while to break free of them. They thought it was hilarious…

One of my favorite parts about spending the day at Cheptigit was seeing how different the Kenyan schools are from the schools I went to growing up. American students would never start the first day of school cleaning out classrooms. At Cheptigit, they don’t have any lawn mowers or anything, so the grass was really long. To trim down the grass, and this is not a joke, they give the kids machetes and let them wack away at it. So there were like five kids cutting the grass in front of the school with machetes. Very interesting to see something like that, especially when you went to schools were bringing a Supersoaker water gun to school would get you expelled.


David Olson - Blog Update from 1/12/14

As I am typing this right now, we are in Nairobi, waiting until our flight back to the United States later tonight. We are planning on going to a church service in an hour and then from there to a coffee farm where Synergy Coffee imports their coffee from. Today shouldn’t be anything too hectic but there are a couple things that have happened during our stay in Nairobi that are noteworthy.

Last night, after checking in to our hotel at the University of Nairobi, we decided to go to the market. This was a very interesting experience but I can honestly say that I have no desire to go back. From the moment we got there, we just had targets on our backs. The merchants here see us mizungus and, because we are white, assume we are filthy rich. Everything they tried to sell us was way overpriced and it was clear that they didn’t feel bad trying to take advantage of us. A little Kenyan flag I bought for 300 schillings at a shop along the highway into Nairobi, at the market in town they wanted for 2,000. I ended up buying an awesome Kenyan national football jersey and can honestly say that they got the better end of the deal. They just talk so fast, and there is so much going on, it’s like a sensory overload, so you end up giving in to the numbers they throw out at you, just to kind of get them away from you. 

And another thing I’ve noticed since we’ve been here in Nairobi is the how different the kids are here compared to those in Kaptagat. The kids here in Nairobi just come up and beg for money from us, like every single one of them. Everywhere we go, there are people asking for money. It gets annoying quick, especially since these kids are probably better off financially than those in Kaptagat. The children in Kaptagat and Eldoret never begged from us. Whenever they saw us the reaction was always something along the lines of “MIZUNGU! HOW ARE YOU?!!!” It was cute because they were always so excited to see us. Here the kids see us and just see the chance to get some of our money. And it isn’t necessarily their fault either. I’m sure the parents teach them that they should beg from white people. We even had a couple mothers with children ask for money from us. It’s hard not to feel bad for these people, but at the same time, you have to realize that you can’t fix everything. If we gave money to everyone that needed it in Kenya, we would go broke pretty quick. 

David Olson - Blog Update from 1/13/14

As I am typing this right now, we are in the middle of a ridiculously long layover in Detroit. We spend like five hours here in Detroit before we fly to Chicago. At this point we’ve gotten the bulk of the trip done and we’ve been going for about 20 hours straight. The flights from Nairobi to Amsterdam and from Amsterdam to Detroit were both about eight hours.

My highlight for coming back to the United States was eating a real, juicy, delicious American bacon cheeseburger at Chili’s here in Detroit. The couple times I ordered American food in Kenya, the food was very…interesting. It kind of resembled American food, but the taste wasn’t even close. When it took half an hour for Luke Dakin and I to get our pizza in Nakuru, we agreed that, while we were in Kenya, we were sticking to strictly Kenyan food.

There have been a couple low points of travelling back home so far, especially for me. I’m just struggling I guess. The first was getting both my armrests taken up on the flight from Nairobi to Amsterdam. I ended up sitting in between two hefty Kenyan guys, both of whom never had their arms leave the armrests. So I was crammed in my seat with my arms tucked into my sides for like eight straight hours. Very tough to fall asleep in that position. The second low point was dealing with security in Amsterdam. The guy that checked me in must have been having a rough day or something because he was just a jerk. He asked me whether all the bags I had checked in were mine and, because I checked in one of Luke Dakin’s bags, this turned into a very serious matter for them.

Guy: Are all these bags yours?

Me: No. The bag I checked in belongs to one of my friends.

Guy: Why would you check in a bag that isn’t yours?

Me: Because it belongs to a friend, the guy that organized my groups trip.

Guy: Well, do you know what’s in the bag?

Me: No idea bud.

Guy: If there is something that goes wrong with that bag it’s on you since you checked it in.

Me: I highly doubt the bag will cause a security problem. 

Guy: Well who does the bag belong to?

Me: Luke Dakin….or I guess Brian Dakin if you want to be specific.

Guy: Well…which one is it?

Me: Both.

Total confusion. It was clear this guy had never gotten an answer like that before so he made me go to the back of the line and check in with Dakin next to me. It was very tough for me to hold my tongue in a situation like this but I figured it would be better to just let it go rather than say something and get detained, strip searched, etc. Moral of the story: security in Amsterdam is tight. Like ridiculously tight.

To talk about yesterday for a bit, we were planning on going to the coffee farm where Synergy Coffee imports their coffee from, but David Cheromi, Ryan, and I decided to stay in Nairobi. So Dakin, Chris, Maddie, and Morgan went to the farm. And I gotta say, hanging out in Nairobi for the day turned out to be awesome. My favorite part was going to the top of the Samsung tower, one of the tallest buildings in the country. The viewpoint was incredible and Ryan and I even got to take a couple pictures with a Kenyan model on the helicopter pad. We also got to see Memorial Park, the site of the terrorist attack on the U.S. Embassy in 1998. It was good that we got to see something like that and we learned a lot at the museum that was there. Even though it happened a long time ago, it was still tough to see pictures of the explosion and aftermath. There was just no sense to the attack and many innocent lives were lost because of it. So I personally was a little angry as we were walking out of there back into the city.

My last meal in Kenya was dinner that night with David Cheromei and Ryan (the rest of the group was still coming back from the coffee farm).When I ordered two rounds of chipati and a side of ugali, our waiter was confused. He just kept asking “What else do you want?” But all I wanted was chipati and ugali. The waiter and David talked for a bit in Swahili and when they were done David told me in English that I should order something else. I stood firm and said I just wanted chipati and ugali. Just to clarify a bit, chipati and ugali are like sides, the equivalent of bread and french-fries. So me ordering this was about the same as going into Olive Garden and just getting the breadsticks. Or going into Red Robin and just getting fries. When David replied to the waiter that I didn’t want an entrée, they both smiled and laughed at me. I’m pretty sure David even buries his face in his hands. That’s ok though, because I got my filling of chipati and ugali before we took off back home.

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Last Day in Kenya!

Well, we weren't able to update the blog very often. But that was because we were very busy having a blast in a lot of places that did not have internet or electricity. It is Sunday morning here in Nairobi and we are set to leave for the US at 10:40 tonight. We will be spending our last day at our coffee farm in Embu which grows the coffee that the Harambee Foundation has been selling. I wanted to give you the highlights of the past few days before we go though.

Today, Madi, Ryan, David Cheromei and I had a great run through Nairobi. David Cheromei is a founder of the orphanage where we stayed and is currently training for the 2016 Olympics in the steeplechase. He hammered us over the hills in Nairobi and through the National Forest in Nairobi. After the run Ryan was pretty impressed that Madi was keeping up no problem. I believe his exact words were, "(gasp) I've never done a legit long run (gasp) where a girl has been pushing the pace the whole way". I knew what he was talking about as she has dropped the hammer on a few long runs with me over the years.

Yesterday we left the orphanage early in the morning and all of the kids gave us drawings and notes to say goodbye. They also planted a tree for each of us in front of the orphanage. Each tree in front of the orphanage represents a guest who has stayed at the orphanage. It was an honor to have a tree with each of our names on them lining the way to the orphanage.

Later that day we went to Lake Nakuru National Park where we drove a van around the park and went on a safari. We saw gazelles, zebras, rhinos, water buffalo, hippos, flamingos, baboons, and much more in their natural environment which was a really unique experience.

Friday was our last day at the school. Madi brought here stethoscope and took all of the kids blood pressure. We also held a community meeting with the kids, parents, teachers, and community leaders to discuss the new direction we are going with the school.

We've been blessed to do so much on this trip and have had such a great experience with all of the people who have taken us in here in Kenya. Thank you for following and see you all soon!




Past Few Days of the Trip

Kenya Blog Update from 1/2/14


My trip to Kenya thus far has been awesome. The plane rides over here were not as painful as I predicted they would be. To give some details about our travels there are a few interesting things that happened on the way over here. For starters, I went 24 straight hours with no sleep and only running off two hours of sleep before that. So I was awake for the bulk of the trip and towards the end of it, I was feelin it. We left from Denver on December 31st at 6:30 am to Chicago to Detroit to Amsterdam to Nairobi to Eldoret. By the time we got to Eldoret it was January 2nd. So it was a long day.


A couple notable things that happened during our travels include me paying $20 in Amsterdam for breakfast at McDonalds and Luke Dakin waking me up during one of the flights. I fell asleep on the plane ride from Amsterdam to Nairobi and, with the way my body was positioned, when Luke woke me up my left hand was totally asleep. All I remember is that, upon waking up, I starting poking Dakin with my numb hand and giggling like a school girl because it felt funny. Dakin was clearly confused by this, but my brain was still practically asleep, so I rolled over to the other side and immediately passed back out.


As far as our stay in Kenya so far, it’s been quite a culture shock. The airport in Nairobi was very different from the other airports we had travelled through. When we arrived in Nairobi, David Chemoi picked us up and dropped us off at a hotel (we had a long layover until our flight to Eldoret so we decided not to spend the night in the Nairobi airport). At this point, I didn’t see much of a difference between Kenya and the United States. The intersections were a bit different and all the traffic was on the opposite side, but the biggest difference was seen in how people drive here in Kenya. They’re crazy. Laws on the road don’t exist here. Tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, and ignoring lanes completely are very common.


Culture shock didn’t really set in until we got into Eldoret. From the airport, JB and his wife, Shannon, escorted us (via Matatu’s) to the city and from there to Kaptagat, which is just outside the city. Eldoret was very different from any city I had been in while in the United States. It’s hard to describe, so a picture might be better. But there were people everywhere. It was like controlled chaos. Buses, cars, bikes, people, loud music, dirt roads, street vendors, etc. It was cool to absorb at first but after a while I kind of just wanted to get out of there and get into the country, where it would be quieter and less busy.


We took a matatu, which is like a public transportation van, from Eldoret to Kaptagat. It was a couple mile walk from the bus stop to the orphanage we’re staying at. On our way there we passed Chiptigit Primary School, which is where we are helping teach next week, so we stopped by and talked with the headmaster/principal of the school, Patrick. He was a very nice man and it was very quickly clear that he was passionate about getting his students on to secondary (high) school. We talked with him for a long time about what we can expect while we volunteer at the school next week and how to motivate the children to want to continue with their education. It was a good meeting and we are all excited to teach some classes next week.


From the school we headed over to the orphanage we are staying. We met all the kids, dogs, and farm animals, including our personal favorite, Mark Misch the cow, named after the legendary UCCS cross country coach who was part of the group that came here last year. The kids here are awesome. At this point we’ve only been here half a day, so we are still trying to learn all their names. But some of the kids stand out, like “Vick the Quick”, who just runs around all the time and tickles people. He doesn’t even talk because he is too busy giggling. He’s clearly just a very happy/mischievous  kid. And Ian, who I probably talk to the most because he is older and speaks English well. He is slowly picking up on my sarcasm and it brings me great joy messing around with him/juking him out during tag. At dinner he asked me what grade we thought he was going into and, despite him clearly looking 12-13ish years old, I told him he was going into second grade. Total confusion. “You think I’m going into second grade?” “Yeah, look how small you are. You can barely see over this dinner table.” “What?!!! You’re joking right? I’m going into seventh grade!! Hehehe.” He will get used to my humor by the end of our stay.


That’s about all I have right now. I had to leave out a lot of stuff or I would be typing all day, but it’s been a solid trip thus far. We made it here safe and sound and without any problems, so now we can start helping out at the orphanage and school. As I type this right now it is 8 am here in Kenya (10 pm in Colorado) and we are just about to go for a run. It’s supposed to be an “easy hour”, but something tells me someone is going to push the pace. I’ll let you guys know in my next blog.   

David Olson



Finally in KENYA!

We are now in KENYA!!!

We are exhausted, but super excited to finally be here after traveling through three continents in a little over 30 hours. Our flight from Amsterdam to Nairobi was delayed 2 hours due to technical difficulties with the plane’s engine (that’s kind of important :) ). We eventually got up into the air, and because it was not a full flight we each had our own row to spread out and rest. We landed only an hour late despite the 2-hour delay. Since there was a fire in August at the Nairobi airport we walked onto the tarmac and squeezed onto a bus, which took us to the customs area (which is a partly converted parking garage) where we bought our visas.

We’re In!!!! We collected all 10 of our donation bags, exchanged our money for shillings, and headed to meet David Cheromei who took us to our hotel in the “yellow submarine”, (the orphanage pickup truck). At the hotel we got our first taste of Kenyan fruit, the bananas were delicious! We got to our rooms and after traveling for so long we couldn’t wait to jump in the shower and get clean.

We had to get up at 5:00AM to head to the airport to catch our flight to Eldoret. Once we arrived we met a friend JB who walked with us down to the highway where we waited for a van called a “mutatu” to pick us up and drive us to the city. Driving in Kenya is an experience of its own. There were cows crossing the road, tons of bikes lined the two-lane highway and everyone drives very fast. There is no such thing as traffic lanes, traffic lights, stop signs, and pretty much just no rules for the road! It was an adventure. We are now sitting in a hotel in Eldoret where we will try to send this with the 10 minutes of free internet provided!!

We cannot wait to meet all of the children at the orphanage; we will be seeing them in less than 1 hour!!! Can’t wait!

Thanks so much for following us on our journey! We may not be able to post another blog for a while because we will not have internet access at the orphanage, but we will try our best to keep you posted.

Morgan and Madi Neher




We are in Amsterdam!

After waking up at 4:15 am to run, carrying 24 bags through DIA (almost half were full of donations and weighed 30 – 50 pounds), traveling 2 hours from Denver to Chicago, picking up our checked bags and again carrying our 24 bags through the Chicago airport, traveling an hour to Detroit, and then traveling 6 hours and 50 minutes to Amsterdam; our gang is starting to look a little worn out.

However, we had fun celebrating the New Year over the Atlantic Ocean! Our captain came over the intercom and announced that it was 2014. We also got to try a yummy Chicago sandwich shop called Potbellies. I chowed down on “the wreck” which is every kind of deli meat imaginable on a sandwich.

It is 11:55 pm mountain time and 8:55 am in Amsterdam. We are just about to board a flight to Nairobi where we will land around 8:30 pm. David Cheromei, from the Grace of God Children’s Center, will be picking us up at the airport and bringing us to a hotel in Nairobi before we fly to Eldoret early in the morning.

We all seem to be exhausted but then it dawns on us where we are, where we are going, and what we have set out to accomplish. This seems to wake us up for a while.

Next stop, Kenya!



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Today is the Day!

We are sitting at the Denver airport awaiting our flight to Kenya! We are all very excited for this amazing opportunity that lies before us. We will be posting updates on this blog so stay tuned!



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9 Days Until Kenya!

Hello All,

This will be where Chris, Madi, Morgan, Ryan, David, and I (Luke) will be posting updates from our trip to Kenya this winter. Our plane leaves Denver on 12/31/13 and from there we will travel to 5 different airports en route to Eldoret, Kenya. We will arrive in Eldoret at 8 am local time on 1/2/14 (10 hours ahead of mountain time) and from there the orphanage's yellow pick-up truck, named the "yellow submarine" by the kids, will drive us 45 minutes to the orphanage located in rural Kaptagat. 

We are all getting very excited for our trip! We are all just packing and finishing up last minute preparations for the trip. Over the last few months we have had lots and lots of generous people donate tons of shoes, books, soccer gear, art supplies, and many more items to the kids and people of Kaptagat. We have had so many people donate so much that our balcony has been completely filled up with donations. Each of our travelers will be bringing one or two 50 pound bags full of donated goods to the kids. We went through and packed up almost 400 pounds of donations! Thank you everyone who donated!


Thank you for following our trip! We will have limited internet access but will post pictures and updates from our trip as often as we can.




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