I’m finally back. I knew going in that it was going to be an eye opening trip but I didn’t know the depths of it. I didn’t take the safari/tourist Africa trip. I wasn’t there to see people dressed up in tribal outfits on display as they take you to see animals for $1000. The goal of our trip was simple, to treat and educate the best runners in the world that essentially had no medical care. And to spread the word of God.
The town of Iten Kenya is known as the Home of Champions. More long distance gold medalists, world champions, and major marathon winners come from this town of 4000 than any other place in the world. There are only 4000 people in Iten but there are 1000 runners. Half of them world class. To give you an example of the quality of talent, the person that won the Boston marathon in 2012 came in 12oth at a local Iten race during that time. The problem is the only the best have managers and quality heath care. And income. The rest struggle to live as they don’t have enough money to get to Europe and the US to earn prize money. It takes money to make money. We were there to help the runners but helping the runners helps the town. The team of doctors I went with came to train athletes and medical staff and set up clinic each day to treat anyone who came in.
National health insurance is $5 a month. Yes. $5 a month gets you free health care yet many either don’t know this or they don’t have the $5. They also have no sports medicine. Every injury is treated with massage. Our team went to see Dennis Kimetto last year and saw that he had a simple injury that could easily be treated. Instead they didn’t do it properly and Dennis is still not running and his career may be over. Dennis Kimetto owns the current world record for the marathon at 2 hours 2 minutes and has won most major marathons. But because of bad care he isn’t running.
Our group went to all the local tracks and met with everyone from coaches to the governor of the state to talk about getting all runners to sign up for public health. To ask the runners what they felt they needed. They next step was to improve the health care availably locally. The hospital in Iten has improved incredibly over the last 5 years since the program started. It now has a digital X-Ray and we came for the opening of a new dialysis unit. Little things that make a huge difference in quality of care.
The key to helping others is not to just give money or come in and do something one time. Its to set up training and a plan to let them help themselves. Give a fish or teach to fish thing. The doctors I went with are trying to start a training program and a visiting doctor program, so that there is someone there at all points, not just when we come. Trying to establish doctor trades with teaching hospitals and universities. But we are starting from scratch. There is no such thing as sports medicine in Kenya at this time.
Kenya itself is beautiful. The weather is perfect and the beauty of the Rift Valley is unmatched. Of course the poverty levels and infrastructure is pretty much non existent in Kenya besides Nairobi. I didn’t see refrigeration at any point on my trip. I took showers from a hose with only occasional hot water. All water was from collected rain water in a tank. The water pressure was from that tank being raised on a stand above my building. Electricity was good except when it was off. The cell phone service on the other hand was as good or better than the states. I merely put in a new SIM card from SafariCom the local provider, bought some data and I was good to go. Cost me $10 for about 3 gigs of data. The 3G was faster than my 4 G in the states.
Finding food other than rice, beans, fruit, maize, flour, and basic necessities was next to impossible in town. As I said before, all drinks were warm. I pretty much drank water, juice, or a warm Coke for the entire time. The bathrooms half the time were squatters. A hole in the ground. I ate the local food until I couldn’t. I got sick on some bad fish that put me down for a few days. Couldn’t keep anything in as I laid in bed and at times was a little worried about dying in Kenya. My doctor friends assured me that it would pass and it did. A fellow traveler from Estonia gave me some charcoal pills that stopped the waterfall that was coming from one end of my body. I barely ate for 2 days and lost 15 pounds. But I recovered and finished strong.
We also visited even smaller town hospitals where missionary doctors from the US were doing amazing work. They are raising their families in Africa, working for no pay, to help those in need. It was hard not to be overwhelmed with a feeling of selfishness, realizing that I am doing nothing for my fellow man. It’s not about sacrificing , its about finding a group that is doing good things and give your time or support. Everyone has a children’s home in Kenya. Some are real, most are not. The only way to find out who needs help is to go and find out. That’s what were were doing. We called it a vision trip. We now have a better understanding of what needs and can be done.
I could go on forever about the trip but I can summarize it easily. Kenya is beautiful with beautiful people. To me, it is the friendliest of the Africa countries. I was met by a handshake and a smile by everyone I met. Compared to the other African countries it is pretty stable. But it is still very corrupt. Very poor. The infrastructure is terrible. Yet most live happy and having a long hot shower is not at the top of their list. They merely want a job. 50% of all males are unemployed. I think good things are to come of Kenya and I look forward to being a part as it does.
I regret not being able to NamesCon as I really wanted to see some friends and business partners in person.I did end up buying a name with partners in the auction but I’ll discuss that in a further post when its time. Although its not hard to guess after reading this post. It’s going to take me a while to get back in the swing of things as it was a 36 hour trip back with 3 plane rides and two buses. I used to think traveling to Europe was hard but its a piece of cake compared to travel to Africa because double the plane hours as a trip to Europe. And if I missed an email, my apologies, send it again. Here are today’s names. They don’t work if you don’t click on them
PS: Thanks to Josh and Travis for holding down the fort. They did such a good job nobody missed me at all
Quote of the Day: “I believe that we all have a responsibility to give back. No one becomes successful without lots of hard work, support from others, and a little luck. Giving back creates a virtuous cycle that makes everyone more successful”
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Portfolio of the Day: CryptoJob.com, Lead.cc, BitcoinConsultant and more
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Godaddy Names With Bids
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