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Slum Run 2016

I am helping remove children from quarry-working for Chrysalis Youth Empowerment Network because it is dangerous and dispiriting for children

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Chrysalis Youth Empowerment Network

We train village and slum-based teenagers to create a better future for Ugandan youth

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The Slum Run is a regular and successful fundraising event which has brought many children working in the quarries of Kampala or collecting scrap to find their talents in athletics, while at the same time finding money to support them in their education.

This year the running course will include panoramic views across the whole slum area, while you will still be able to run amongst the traders and residents of the slum area.

Chrysalis Athletics was formed in 2015 and is the only official children's athletics club open to all comers in Uganda.  Our mission is to expand
children's athletics through holding regular competition events each year, in locations through Uganda.  The children we train have the 2024 Olympics as their aim and we hope to give them a chance to fulfil their goals, through regular and proficient training.  We have three coaches, who train the children every week in both track and field events and our best runners are now at a level to compete with some of the best of their age group throughout the world.

Kampala'sonly Slum Run takes place on 27th November 2016 and this year we have changedthe route to have spectacular views across the slum area and close contact withthe businesses and residents living in the Acholi Quarters.  The children's route route will be 6km andOpen Run will be 12km, which will be two full circuits.  If you would like to walk the route, then wewill provide you with a guide, one of the young social entrepreneurs trained byChrysalis to create change in slum and rural communities.  

The Slum Run was the brainchild of then 17 year-old Francis Ssuunang trainee of the Butterfly Project, who saw the conditions the children were working in the stone quarries.  He formed a running club in 2010, aged just 15 and then in 2012, on the day of Kiprotich's victory in the London Olympic Marathon, he launched the Slum Run in the Acholi 
Quarter.  In the first year it was just 12 young athletes from his club running for their school fees and the run has gone from strength to strength each year since then.

By 2014, he had added girls into the run and in 2015, he included an Open Run for the first time, in which professional athletes could come and participate.  For the Junior Run, young athletes from a village in Northern Uganda were also included in 2015, one of whom took second place in the Junior Run and if we can find sponsorship for them, we have six more village athletes that we would like to include this year.  In 2016, we added the first ever Kampala Kids' Olympics into the children's athletics calendar, to show our commitment to the development of athletics in Uganda and a campaign the kids started for medals in the 2024 Olympics.  The Kampala Kids' Olympics was held at Namboole Stadium and was an amazing success, which we hope to run every year now.  In this inaugural event five schools and youth organisations local to Namboole Stadium competed against each other to win a prize for their school, all supported through private donations.

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