Where We Work
We work in the Rift Valley region of Kenya in a county called Elgeyo-Marakwet (Elle-Gay-Oh-Maa-Raa-Kwet)
Elgeyo-Marakwet is one of the smallest counties in Kenya geographically. It's dramatic scenary is caused by high mountains and hills, deep valleys, rivers, gorges and waterfalls. It has a population of nearly 500,000, representing around 1% of Kenya’s population. Most inhabitants are small-scale farmers, pastoralists, miners, or runners!
Iten, the capital, is positioned right in the centre of the county and this is where most of our work is based.
- Most people living within Elgeyo-Marakwet are part of the Kalenjin tribe. The Kalenjins are the third biggest tribe in Kenya.
- The capital, Iten, is regarded as the athletics epicentre of Kenya and its high-altitude training camps attract many foreign athletes from around the world.
- The county is fondly referred to as the ‘County of Champions’ due to the sheer number of Kenyan world champions who have lived and trained here.
- Most people living here are farmers and depend heavily on the weather to provide for their families.