When I was asked to close the sports day with a few words at the Nakuru slum school, I confessed to the young people that, after watching all those great Kenyan middle- and long-distance runners over the years, running with them in Kenya was a dream come true (even if on the slow end…).
“There is nothing you can not achieve, but you need our help too”. However, I was not convinced they could hear me, at least not yet. Self-belief takes time, particularly if you have been led to believe that there is no way out for you. This is where schools, sports clubs and NGOs come into play in their ‘therapeutic’ role.