Southern Africa is one of the world’s poorest regions. Many children there have limited opportunities to pursue an education, which means they have few perspectives in life. As Africa Runners, we want to do our part to help change these children’s lives for the better. Africa Runners have raised almost €1.000,000 in recent years, making a major contribution towards helping these children.

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Africa Runners raise funds on an ongoing basis to help benefit the  Umckaloabo Foundation’s projects. The Foundation creates schools and preschools in southern African countries so that children and young people there can grow up in a safe environment and receive a school education. This paves the way for them to have different life perspectives: it opens doors towards leaving poverty behind.

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Africa Runners

Join us: become part of the team of Africa Runners and help children create a better future for themselves. And you can take part without even going to much trouble, since you can decide for yourself which event you want to turn into your Africa Run. It doesn't matter whether you're running the New York Marathon or a 10K close to home, you can choose any stretch to make it your Africa Run and raise funds for children in Africa.

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Africa Runners run to raise funds for aid projects in southern Africa. Become a sponsor of a runner and support his run with a donation that will benefit the St. Stevens Secondary School in Malawi this year. Keep in mind: Since last year, sponsors can donate directly and regardless of the distance for the runner of their choice. Sponsors simply enter a desired amount in the donation form of the runner they want to support.

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The Schwabe Group matches donations!

Even the smallest of donations has twice the effect, because the Schwabe Group matches every contribution up to a maximum sum of € 50,000! And by the way: The entire amount of your gift goes to the aid projects, because all of the organizational activities and administrative tasks are carried out by volunteers.

Pupils at Bhongolethu Primary School

This year, the Africa Runners are raising funds to build five elementary schools in the Eastern Cape. The donations they collect will go, among other things, towards correcting some severe structural problems which have developed over the years at the all the five school buildings. In addition, the funds raised will be put towards upgrading the didactic and teaching quality at these school, especially the fundamentals of teaching children how to read and write.

The Project 2024

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The initiator of "A School in Africa" is the Umckaloabo Foundation, which has set itself the goal of giving children and young people in southern Africa a future with prospects and a self-determined life through sustainable, successful educational projects. Since it was founded in 2010, the foundation has implemented over 65 aid projects, helping over 50,000 children! Learn more about the foundation's background and vision for the future at:

Umckaloabo Foundation

Africa Runners raise €110,658 for St. Stevens Secondary School! 

2023 the Africa Runners were able to raise a remarkable €110,658 over the course of 50 different charity runs. The athletes managed to win over nearly 500 donors as sponsors, and together they contributed €60,658 to a good cause. And since the Schwabe Group doubles donations of up to €50,000 every year, Africa Runners were able to support the school with the stately sum of €110,658!  Huge thanks to all of the runners, the many large and small donors, the people who helped before and during the race, and the Schwabe Group, because:

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

Nelson Mandela