In 2020 runners will start again worldwide for the good cause. This year we support the construction of a secondary school in the rural diocese of Karonga/Malawi. Get involved!
Here’s how it works
With the Africa Run, the fundraising run of the Umckaloabo Foundation, you decide when, where and which distance you will run. The donations you receive as an Africa Runner will help children and young people in Africa to exercise their right to education.
Even if we cannot run together this year - almost all running competitions have been cancelled - we still want to start together. Running separately - but connected worldwide in the common cause.
Write us a short email where and the distance you will start on October 3rd or 4th, and become part of the Africa Runner team!
Africa Runner will collect donations for children in Africa with every kilometre by calling on family and friends to be active as donors for their run. Every little donation helps twice, because the company Dr. Willmar Schwabe doubles every euro raised up to an amount of € 50,000.
Do you want to donate but don't want to run yourself? That works too! You choose which runners you want to support with what amount per kilometre run. The entire proceeds will then flow 200% to the partner in Malawi for the construction of the secondary school. You can find a list of the runners in the donation form.
Run with us for a good cause! This year we will support the establishment of a new secondary school in northern Malawi.
200% of the proceeds of our Africa Run campaign will go to Bishop Martin Mtumbuka, who is building a new secondary school in northern Malawi. Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world, and the north of the country is one of the least developed regions in the country. Often there is no power supply. Telephone and internet do not always work reliably and the nearest hospital is often more than 100 km away. Children and young people have to help with the cultivation of the fields. The girls have to work regularly in the household. They are often sexually assaulted and married early.
State primary schools are usually free, but learning is difficult in classes with up to 100 children. The older the children get, the more often they finish school early or drop out. The few secondary schools are often far away and charge high fees. This makes better education inaccessible to these children and the vicious cycle of poverty and underdevelopment cannot be broken.
Bishop Martin firmly believes that only through better education people have a chance to change their lives independently and to develop better future prospects. The Diocese therefore invests heavily in primary and secondary schools. But it is also active in vocational training.
That is why Bishop Martin wants to build this boarding school near Livingstonia. In this way, children from distant rural areas, where there is no secondary school, also have a chance of quality education. The government welcomes the project, does its utmost to support it, and later makes the teachers available.
With the help of the Umckaloabo Foundation, Bishop Martin was able to start building the first phase. The first pupils (approx. 100) and teachers should be able to start teaching from September 2020. Now we want to get started and build the other buildings so that more students can take part in the class in September 2021.
For further information about the project visit: www.eine-schule-in-afrika.de
Bishop Martin is a trustworthy and reliable project partner. He has already set up various schools. St. Mary’s Karonga Girls and Kaseye Girls that are among the best in northern Malawi: Almost all girls pass the final exam and many graduate with the qualifications to study at the university.
He has also built various primary schools works with smaller classes and attracting motivated teachers. Here we lay the foundations for good and lasting school education for children. Because good school education opens up prospects.
Construction in the first phase at St. Mauritius Secondary School started in summer 2019. First, water supply was secured with a new well. Then we could start building the classrooms, teachers' houses and toilets. In the meantime, the roofs are covered so that the construction work is completed on time.
More information can be found on the project page: www.www.eine-schule-in-afrika.de
Further information on the activities of the Karonga Diocese can be found on the website: www.karongadiocese.org/educ
Malawi Republic of Africa – independent since 1964
Area: 118,480 km²
Inhabitants: 18,9 million (2019)
Population growth: 2,6% per Year (2018, World Bank)
Inflation approx.: 12.4% p.a.
Further information: www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malawi
Malawi is one of the ten poorest countries in the world. 80% of the population live on the narrow yields of the small fields that they cultivate. On average, the children only go to school for 4.5 years. Even in good years, about 40% of children under five are malnourished. Many people are still affected by HIV / AIDS.
Another hunger crisis is currently looming, because the reserves and seeds have been used up due to the extreme droughts and floods (cyclone Idai) in recent years. The government and other actors have been supplying the population with emergency rations for some time. It is already foreseeable that the April 2020 harvest will not be enough until the next harvest cycle and that people will go hungry.
Malawi is a small inland country in southern Africa with an area of 118,000 km² and a population of almost 19 million people. Over 85% of this population live in rural areas and are subsistence farmers. Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world. Over 29% of the population live in absolute poverty with less than a dollar a day. The situation is exacerbated by the high prevalence of HIV / AIDS of currently 12%. The Karonga diocese, one of the eight Roman Catholic dioceses in Malawi, was inaugurated on November 20, 2010 and has approximately 470,000 inhabitants in an area of 12,000 square kilometers.
Climber and adventurer is our team leader across the continents and will run a full marathon in his hometown Nelspruit.
Sibusiso is the first black African to climb Mount Everest (2003 and 2005) and the Seven Summits and reach the North and South Poles. He is thus a role model for many people and has joined us as the former Chief Scout of South Africa since 2013. Together with him, we want to work for a better future for children in South Africa. In 2015, he led us personally through the Cologne Marathon.
Madiba, as he is respectfully called, is like no other man and statesman for peace and reconciliation. Despite 27 years of imprisonment, he shook hands with the hitherto ruling white minority and ensured the return of South Africa to the world community. In his spirit we want to work for better educational opportunities and give the youth of Malawi better future perspectives. An important leitmotiv of his time as President of South Africa is:
Education is the most powerful weapon that u can use to change the world.
We did it! On October 4th the Africa Runners raised more than 50.000 Euros in donation!
Even though there was no running event in principle due to the corona pandemic in 2020, this year more than 150 Africa Runners worldwide have already raised 51,255 Euros in donations - in solitary runs, but united in the cause.
As always, the Schwabe Group matches all donations by up to 50,000 Euros. This results in a total amount of 101,255 Euros with which the Umckaloabo Foundation is supporting the construction of the St. Mauritius Secondary School in Malawi.
It is good to see that solidarity continues in times of crisis and that you - as runner or donor - help us to continue our educational projects in southern Africa even in difficult times. Please visit www.eine-schule-in-afrika.de for further information about the construction of the St. Mauritius Secondary School.
We say thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all runners and donors!
More than 70 marathon, half-marathon and relay runners raised over 60,000 euros in donations in 2019. For the first time both in Karlsruhe and Cologne larger Teams were part of the Africa Run and first runners joined in Switzerland. The first € 50,000 was matched by the Schwabe company, making a total of € 112,370 available. What a great result. A big thank you to all runners, the many small and large donors, supporters before and at the run as well as the Schwabe groups of companies. It was a great event with a great result. We look forward to the Africa Run 2020! We are planning to build a second school in Malawi.
Nearly 80 marathon, half-marathon and relay runners raised over 70,000 euros in donations in 2018 as part of the Africa Run of the Umckaloabo Foundation worldwide and at our joint run in Karlsruhe. The first € 50,000 was matched by the Schwabe company, making a total of € 120,000 available. This has exceeded our expectations again! With the proceeds in 2018, the secondary school in Phoenix near Durban / South Africa can be expanded and renovated. A big thank you to all runners, the many small and large donors, supporters before and at the run as well as the Schwabe groups of companies. It was a great event with a great result. We look forward to the Africa Run 2019!
What a RUN! The incredible amount of 63,000 euros in donations have been raised by almost 50 marathon, half-marathon and relay runners as part of the Africa Run of the Umckaloabo Foundation 2017 worldwide (USA, South Africa, Switzerland and Germany) as well as at our joint run in Cologne. This amount was matched with 37,000 euros by the Schwabe group of companies, so that € 100,000 are made available. Again our expectations were exceeded. The proceeds will be used to sponsor the secondary school of the Franciscan Sister Loice Kashangura in a Lusaka township. A big thank you to all runners, the many donors of small and large amount, helpers before and during the run as well as the Schwabe Group. It was a great event with a great result.
What a great team! Incredible 33.000 Euro of donations have been „run“ by more than 30 Marathon, Half-Marathon and Relay runners at the Karlsruhe Marathon and many other running events in Germany, South Africa and Switzerland. This sum has been doubled by the pharmaceutical company Dr. Willmar Schwabe. So in total 66.000 € were available to develop a secondary school together with Father John in Nthalire/Malawi. That has by far exceeded our expectations and we would like to thank all sponsors, volunteers, supporters and the pharmaceutical company Dr. Willmar Schwabe. It has been a great event and a great success.
The 20 marathon, half-marathon and relay runners in the context of the Africa Run of the Umckaloabo Foundation and the Nangu Thina e.V. 2015 at our joint run in Cologne have experienced an extraordinary donation of 17,000 €. Under the leadership of the Chief Scout of South Africa Sibusiso Vilane we went in the best weather at the start. This amount of 15.000 € was doubled by the Schwabe Group, so that a total of 30,000 € is available. An enormous amount that we did not expect. The proceeds will be used to fund Scouts South Africa. Nationwide, 100 projects of early childhood education are being implemented by scout groups and the necessary materials will be financed through these funds. A big thank you to all runners, the many small and large donors, helpers before and during the run as well as the Schwabe Group. It was an amazing experience.