Are you ready to join us for our first Walk-a-thon? We're just as excited as you are.
We are starting a library for 1,800 students in Nyalenda and to raise money to make this library come to life, we are "running" a walk-a-thon from 15th November to 15th December 2023. Everything you need to know about the walk-a-thon is available on this page, but if you still have questions please feel free to reach out to us by sending us a message or giving us a call on +254 777 733 443 or +254 776 636 333 or emailing us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
How does the walk-a-thon work?
You set a personal goal of how many steps you will walk daily for 30 days, from 15th November to 15th December. This goal should be something that is both a challenge but realistic - you know your body and its limits best, so set a goal that respects that.
You can garner support from your friends and family to help raise some money for the library. If you plan on walking 10,000 steps every day for the next month, you can set a fundraising goal of KES 10,000 (or any amount you think you can fundraise) and let your people know you're doing this awesome challenge! Let them know you're doing this to help build a library and ask them to support your fundraising goal. Keep them engaged with how you're doing on the challenge and how many steps you're walking daily.
Please note, it is not a requirement for you to fundraise to take part in the Walk-a-thon. But if fundraising is of interest to you, make sure to indicate that on your registration form and someone from our team will be in touch with you.
Compete with your friends to win prizes in different categories. After you register, we will send you an invite (on 14th November 2023) to join a challenge group on an app called StrideKick. To be able to compete, you will need to download the app and sync it to your smart watch. If you don't have a smart watch, you can download the app Google Fit on to your phone and sync it to the StrideKick app for it to capture the number of steps you walk. Unfortunately, at the moment, without a smart watch or smart phone, we cannot track the number of steps you walk and that is the only way you can participate in the competition.
You are still welcome to participate in the walk-a-thon if you don't want to compete and just want to support the cause.
Join us for a 5km celebration walk on Saturday, 16th December 2023. This is a celebration of the whole month's efforts and a get-together to recognize the efforts of all the participants. Attendance of this event is not mandatory, but highly recommended.
Please note: all participants will receive a certificate whether you can attend the event or not.
Are you ready to start the walk-a-thon?
Why are we building a library? Have we done this before?
Since 2016, RKF has been working to make a variety of books and learning material easily accessible to children living in marginalized communities through its literacy program: Kitabu Changu Haki Yangu (My Book, My Right). We started with transforming classrooms by providing some furniture and learning materials to building small libraries using bread crates. We then progressed to transforming a disused storage room at St. Vitalis Nang'a Primary School in to a beautiful library that stocks over 1,500 books, has seating for 48 students and serves a community of over 1,300 students.
In 2020, just before the pandemic, RKF converted a 20-ft shipping container into a library for the students of Elimu de Ark Primary School which has approximately 200 students. This library stocks nearly 800 books, most of which are story books for students from ages 3 and upwards.