OHR’s Sisterhood Exchange Program hosted the 2nd annual Mother’s Day Mile on May 12th, honoring mothers from Mfangano Island to Colorado. Mfangano’s race had over 50 participants, 25 volunteers and hundreds of spectators watching women, men and children run cross the rocky finish line. The fastest woman finished the mile with a time of 6:39 and the fastest man – who was running barefoot on the rain-torn dirt road – sprinted through his mile with a time of 5:04. The community joined the participants at the awards ceremony at the Ekialo Kiona (EK) Center, which was emceed by EK’s youth radio team and accompanied by music, dancing, and chapati, rice and beans for all.
The day’s event resulted in 5 new community members becoming EK members, indicating that they now know their HIV status after undergoing a free test through OHR’s Voluntary Counseling and Testing program!
The Mother’s Day Mile was coordinated in conjunction with the Advocate Safehouse Project in Colorado, which hosted over 500 runners and 100 volunteers at their Mother’s Day Mile race on the same day in Glenwood Springs. Awards for both races were handmade by the Sisterhood Exchange Program artisan crafts group and Imani Workshop in Eldoret, serving to promote their talent and unique products. The two events, hosted simultaneously and in solidarity with each other, helped to fulfill the Sisterhood Exchange Program’s mission to connect women on Mfangano with their ‘sisters’ at Imani Workshop and in Western Colorado – creating a strong network of emotional support for women living with HIV.