Southern Africa is one of the world’s poorest regions. Many children there have limited opportunities to pursue an education, which means they have few perspectives in life. As Africa Runners, we want to do our part to help change these children’s lives for the better.
Africa Runners gather donations on an ongoing basis to help benefit the aid projects of the Umckaloabo Foundation. The Foundation creates schools and preschools in southern African countries so that children and young people there can grow up in a safe environment and receive a school education. This paves the way for them to have different life perspectives: it opens doors towards leaving poverty behind.
Run along with us and help out!
Join us: become part of the team of Africa Runners and help children with fewer prospects create a better future for themselves. And you can take part without even going to much trouble, since you can decide for yourself which event you want to turn into your Africa Run.
It doesn't matter whether you're running the New York Marathon or a 10K run, you can choose any event to make it your Africa Run to raise funds for children in Africa.
Send us a message at email@example.com to let us know when, where and what distance you will cover, and we will include you in the team – free of charge. As soon as you are listed as a runner on our page, your friends, neighbors, family and colleagues can donate to your own personal Africa Run.
Since once again only a few public events are being held in 2021, this year you have the option of turning your own personal race into an Africa Run. In cases like these, you can also send us an email informing us where and how long you want to run, and we will include you on the list.
Usually, once a year we invite Africa Runners to a race so that they can get to know one another in person. Unfortunately, the event intended for this will not take place this year. However, we want to help encourage a sense of team spirit, so we would be pleased if you scheduled your personal run for October 16th/17th and then sent us a picture when you’ve finished so we can publish it on our page. As mentioned above, though, you can also race on any other day that suits you: just let us know where, when and how long.
The Schwabe Group matches donations
And by the way: even the smallest of donations has twice the effect, because the Schwabe Group is matching every donation up to a maximum sum of € 50,000!
Donations support the expansion of a girls’ school in Malawi
This year we are supporting the expansion of the Lunyangwa Girls’ School in Mzuzu, Malawi, a country in which 30% of the population is illiterate. The local preacher, Pastor John Moyo, has set himself the goal of making it possible for every child to attend school and for girls in particular to be supported. We contribute to the work of Pastor John so that more children in this poor rural region can have schooling. After all, children with a good education are children with a future.
Additional new classrooms are scheduled to be built at the Lunyangwa Girls’ School, one of the oldest girls’ schools in the north of the country, and long-overdue repairs will be made. In some cases up to 70 children have to share a classroom.
To help secure a good supply of food, we want to plant fruit trees and plant vegetable gardens at St. Mary and many other of the 260 elementary schools in Mzuzu dioscese so that the children have more to choose from in their school lunches.
Teachers can only teach well if they are trained well, which is why we want to create a network to bring together motivated and dedicated teachers in Mzuzu. There they will receive additional input in the form of workshops or coaching.
Malawi Republic of Africa – independent since 1964
Area: 118,480 km²
Inhabitants: 18,9 million (2019)
Population growth: 2,6% per Year (2018, World Bank)
Inflation approx.: 12.4% p.a.
Further information: www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malawi
Malawi is one of the ten poorest countries in the world. 80% of the population live on the narrow yields of the small fields that they cultivate. On average, the children only go to school for 4.5 years. Even in good years, about 40% of children under five are malnourished. Many people are still affected by HIV / AIDS.
Another hunger crisis is currently looming, because the reserves and seeds have been used up due to the extreme droughts and floods (cyclone Idai) in recent years. The government and other actors have been supplying the population with emergency rations for some time. It is already foreseeable that the April 2020 harvest will not be enough until the next harvest cycle and that people will go hungry.
Malawi is a small inland country in southern Africa with an area of 118,000 km² and a population of almost 19 million people. Over 85% of this population live in rural areas and are subsistence farmers. Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world. Over 29% of the population live in absolute poverty with less than a dollar a day. The situation is exacerbated by the high prevalence of HIV / AIDS of currently 12%. The Karonga diocese, one of the eight Roman Catholic dioceses in Malawi, was inaugurated on November 20, 2010 and has approximately 470,000 inhabitants in an area of 12,000 square kilometers.
Madiba, as he is respectfully called, is like no other man and statesman for peace and reconciliation. Despite 27 years of imprisonment, he shook hands with the hitherto ruling white minority and ensured the return of South Africa to the world community. In his spirit we want to work for better educational opportunities and give the youth of Malawi better future perspectives. An important leitmotiv of his time as President of South Africa is:
Education is the most powerful weapon that u can use to change the world.
We did it! On October 4th the Africa Runners raised more than 50.000 Euros in donation!
Even though there was no running event in principle due to the corona pandemic in 2020, this year more than 150 Africa Runners worldwide have already raised 51,255 Euros in donations - in solitary runs, but united in the cause.
As always, the Schwabe Group matches all donations by up to 50,000 Euros. This results in a total amount of 101,255 Euros with which the Umckaloabo Foundation is supporting the construction of the St. Mauritius Secondary School in Malawi.
It is good to see that solidarity continues in times of crisis and that you - as runner or donor - help us to continue our educational projects in southern Africa even in difficult times. Please visit www.eine-schule-in-afrika.de for further information about the construction of the St. Mauritius Secondary School.
We say thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all runners and donors!
More than 70 marathon, half-marathon and relay runners raised over 60,000 euros in donations in 2019. For the first time both in Karlsruhe and Cologne larger Teams were part of the Africa Run and first runners joined in Switzerland. The first € 50,000 was matched by the Schwabe company, making a total of € 112,370 available. What a great result. A big thank you to all runners, the many small and large donors, supporters before and at the run as well as the Schwabe groups of companies. It was a great event with a great result. We look forward to the Africa Run 2020! We are planning to build a second school in Malawi.
Nearly 80 marathon, half-marathon and relay runners raised over 70,000 euros in donations in 2018 as part of the Africa Run of the Umckaloabo Foundation worldwide and at our joint run in Karlsruhe. The first € 50,000 was matched by the Schwabe company, making a total of € 120,000 available. This has exceeded our expectations again! With the proceeds in 2018, the secondary school in Phoenix near Durban / South Africa can be expanded and renovated. A big thank you to all runners, the many small and large donors, supporters before and at the run as well as the Schwabe groups of companies. It was a great event with a great result. We look forward to the Africa Run 2019!
What a RUN! The incredible amount of 63,000 euros in donations have been raised by almost 50 marathon, half-marathon and relay runners as part of the Africa Run of the Umckaloabo Foundation 2017 worldwide (USA, South Africa, Switzerland and Germany) as well as at our joint run in Cologne. This amount was matched with 37,000 euros by the Schwabe group of companies, so that € 100,000 are made available. Again our expectations were exceeded. The proceeds will be used to sponsor the secondary school of the Franciscan Sister Loice Kashangura in a Lusaka township. A big thank you to all runners, the many donors of small and large amount, helpers before and during the run as well as the Schwabe Group. It was a great event with a great result.
What a great team! Incredible 33.000 Euro of donations have been „run“ by more than 30 Marathon, Half-Marathon and Relay runners at the Karlsruhe Marathon and many other running events in Germany, South Africa and Switzerland. This sum has been doubled by the pharmaceutical company Dr. Willmar Schwabe. So in total 66.000 € were available to develop a secondary school together with Father John in Nthalire/Malawi. That has by far exceeded our expectations and we would like to thank all sponsors, volunteers, supporters and the pharmaceutical company Dr. Willmar Schwabe. It has been a great event and a great success.
The 20 marathon, half-marathon and relay runners in the context of the Africa Run of the Umckaloabo Foundation and the Nangu Thina e.V. 2015 at our joint run in Cologne have experienced an extraordinary donation of 17,000 €. Under the leadership of the Chief Scout of South Africa Sibusiso Vilane we went in the best weather at the start. This amount of 15.000 € was doubled by the Schwabe Group, so that a total of 30,000 € is available. An enormous amount that we did not expect. The proceeds will be used to fund Scouts South Africa. Nationwide, 100 projects of early childhood education are being implemented by scout groups and the necessary materials will be financed through these funds. A big thank you to all runners, the many small and large donors, helpers before and during the run as well as the Schwabe Group. It was an amazing experience.