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    Bridging the gap through a shortage

    Day 234

    The Staples

    The reason Changemakers 365 exists is to do the doable – to do what needs to happen, right then in that particular moment, regardless of your plan. Day 234 at the Refugee Olympian training site was one of those days.

    When our team arrived at the camp we learned that there was a shortage of food. Kenya had recently held elections, and some of the protests and aftermath following the elections had slowed down services around the country. As a result, the regular food deliveries had not been made to the camp and they had almost run out.


    So we put our other projects on hold to make sure there was enough food for the 43 athletes who live at the Nairobi training camp run by the Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation. The cook – who prepares all of the athletes’ meals – gave us a list of what he needed: maize and wheat flours, cooking oils, sugar, rice, tea, and baking powder.

    We headed to the store and returned a couple of hours later with everything he requested plus some sponges, soap and detergent for all the dishes that were in his future. Everyone was so happy for the provisions. “Thank you so much,” said Lam Joar, a refugee himself who is works at the training camp. “You may never understand how our lives have changed from these donations.”

    With the doable done for the day, tomorrow we’ll return to the training camp and get back to our original list of ideas.

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