Since 2003, the Kilifi Gold Triathlon committee have been delighted to be able to support local charities and community organisations with financial assistance on a range of projects. We do this through a combination of competitor entry fees, local and national corporate sponsorship, and individual donations. Each year our recipient organisation is chosen following a written application, as well as a panel interview of all those shortlisted.
For 2018/19 we are donating funds to Friends of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, a local organisation working to conserve and educate the community about this beautiful stretch of coastal forest, containing hundreds of rare and endangered species of flora and fauna. Funds raised will help open up access to the forest for thousands of local people who live nearby but have never set food inside the forest. Entry includes a tour of the newly refurbished education centre and a walk with a trained guide to see the wonders of this hidden gem that is actually bigger than Amboseli!
For 2017/18 we are partnering with the key stakeholders around the creek to implement a Creek Safety Initiative. Following a number of tragic accidents in the creek, particularly involving children over the past few months, and a need for water safety awareness particularly for those moving to the coast for the first time (such as new Pwani university students) this is a timely and much-needed initiative. Globally, there are 40 drownings every hour, and it is estimated that drowning kills more children than TB and measles. Africa has the highest drowning estimates in the world, and although accurate data are difficult to come by, those of us who live and work around Kilifi Creek have seen the tragedies for ourselves. Activities under the Creek Safety Initiative will include
- signboards and depth markers marking the unseen but dangerous dropoff points around the creek
- awareness days for key communities around the creek
- the distribution of schools packs with information for teachers and children
- collaboration with existing organisations already working to prevent creek accidents such as the KPA and BMU.
Our creek is beautiful, but without proper knowledge it has risks. The creek must be used responsibly for the safety and enjoyment of all.
The 2016/17 recipient was Moving The Goalposts Kilifi. MTG is a girls’ rights organisation, using football to empower young women in Kilifi and Kwale counties, helping them fulfil their potential on and off the football field. This year, we are raising funds to assist MTG to add a mobile library to their field visits, giving young women access to books and literacy support.
The 2015/16 recipient was Pambazuko Disability Initiative. Working in Takaungu, near Kilifi, Pambazuko offers support and rehabilitation to families with children with disabilities. They do this through the provision of physiotherapy and training by Community Health Workers, and the provision of mobility aids including wheelchairs. Watch this short video to find out more https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcwlGrIEZ3g.
In 2014, the KGT supported Kesho. Kesho is a Kilifi-based NGO that offers a holistic approach to the development of disadvantaged children. Through Kesho, vulnerable children from Kilifi are becoming empowered and educated, realising their dreams and beginning to break the cycle of poverty. Kesho’s support is long-term including, but not limited to, school fee assistance, mentoring, and guardian support. Visit their website www.keshokenya.org for more information.
In 2013, the KGT raised money to support the establishment of Bofa Primary School through Lifting the Barriers (LIBA). LIBA raised 70% of the funds needed for construction of the school, funds to purchase material for 358 school uniforms, and reached an agreement with a disabled women’s group from Mtondia to do the tailoring. Funds raised by the Kilifi Gold Triathlon were used for construction of a perimeter fence to secure the children’s safety on the school grounds, and four sewing machines for tailoring the children’s uniforms.
In 2011 and 2012, the KGT supported the Friends of Kilifi District Hospital Trust in raising money for renovations to the children’s ward and occupational therapy units, and construction of the maternity theatre.
In 2010, the KGT raised Kes 250,000 for Upendo Orphans Support Program.
The KGT Committee operates as the Kilifi Gold Triathlon CBO and is registered in Kenya as a Community Based Organisation, registration number ss/kfi/lr/cbo/bah-d/21/2011. Our funding details and accounts are transparent, and available upon request. Reports on the projects we have supported are also available upon request.