Service is something that I wholeheartedly believe in and care deeply about. But for me, it has been hard to figure out how to integrate it into my life consistently. At the age of 25, I quit my job at Accenture and joined the Peace Corps. I spent two years living in El Salvador working in Small Business Development. It was a transformative experience to say the least.
Since then, I do my best to integrate it into my life where possible. As started Fly Feet, we spent a lot of time talking about how we could create a business that also gave back to the community we serve. The Fly Community made it very easy for us. Because service is also a priority for our fly community, we are always able to support their causes through donation-based classes regularly. To date, we’ve given thousands of dollars away because of this amazing community’s commitment to helping others. To say we are grateful to be a part of our flyer’s journeys and that we’re are able to use our platform to help others, would be an understatement.
I’m beyond excited though, that we have the opportunity to take our commitment to service to the next level. The American Refugee Committee, (ARC) who is headquartered right here in Minneapolis, has invited Fly Feet to travel to Uganda to help them build a running program for the refugee women and girls living in a remote refugee settlement called Nakivale Refugee Settlement. Coach Laura an I are ecstatic to have this opportunity. Running is something we were all made to do, and it transcends borders. But even more powerful, we know from our own experiences that running can restore dignity, confidence and hope. Alongside our friends from Mini Mermaids and ARC, we will help build out a program for women and girls in Uganda to build confidence and feel more empowered and engaged in their community in Nakivale.
In the course of preparing for the trip, we have been struck by what we've learned about the Nakivale Refugee Settlement. It is one of the oldest refugee settlements in the world, started in 1958, and home to over 90,000 refugees from 13 countries. The average time a refugee lives in a refugee camp is 17 years. World Refugee Day is June 20th and we’ll use this day as an opportunity to bring awareness to their situation and help their cause. Currently there are over 65 million displaced people in the world, each of them facing a very difficult journey to rebuild their life after violence or natural disaster has struck their home countries.
On June 16, Coach Laura and I will pack our bags and head to Uganda with the American Refugee Committee and Mini Mermaids. It will be a life changing trip and one that we're honored to be a part of. As the flyest community, we want you to come on this journey with us. To learn with us. To be humbled with us. We've created several ways you can be a part of this amazing mission. All proceeds will benefit the women and girls of Nakivale. Here are all the ways you can get involved:
ARC hosts a World Refugee Day 5K Run in Nakivale every year where over 1,000 people from this vast refugee community run together. Laura and I will be running in the World Refugee Day 5K in Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda on June 20th. On that day, we’re teaming up with Indeed Brewing in Northeast to do a Solidarity 5K run to benefit the 90,000 refugees in Uganda. It's $20 with all proceeds benefitting the refugees. Sign up online.
We created some amazing swag to support this cause. Tee’s, tanks and bags. Pre-orders and all proceeds will go to support the refugees. You'll love it. Buy it all here.
We will have amazing prizes to give away, so grab a few $1 raffle tickets to win.
Thanks for going on this journey with us. We are forever grateful that together we can make a difference! We'll do our best to document our journey from June 16 - 23, so tune in to our Stories!
All the info is right here: www.flyfeetrunning.com/uganda
All Hail the TreadMighty,