Marathon Profile



The 1st annual event of this marathon was inaugurated in 2013 in Kogelo, Siaya County by Her Excellency the First Lady of Kenya, Mrs. Margaret Kenyatta. Since then, this marathon has grown in profile and continues to attract hundreds of participants.

Proceeds from the marathon have been used to educate needy orphans, build shelters for the neglected elderly, and fight the jigger menace in schools and within the community and economically empowering widows. From 2016 we have adopted the theme “Run for Sickle Cell” in order to increase awareness and mitigate the sting of this pandemic and help stem the loss of lives.

Safeguard Orphans and Widows Organization Foundation (SOWOF) is the umbrella body of SOWO, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) registered in Kenya. The organization, an initiative of a community based welfare group was formed in the year 1995 in Siaya, Nyangoma Kogelo village under the patronage of Dr. Mama Sarah Obama. The Foundation through SOWO supports and engages communities to initiate and drive their development agenda by harnessing and growing their resources as well as improving their well-being through constructive dialogue and transformative and targeted actions. Our principle focus at SOWO is livelihood improvement and wealth creation through the provision of development support, care, lobby and advocacy for the plight of widows and orphans in Kenya. Safeguard Orphans and Widows Foundation (SOWOF) will this year host the 5th. Edition of the Sickle cell Marathon. The Marathon is the flagship project for educating and creating awareness to the community on management of the sickle cell condition and on the dangers inherent on neglect. During this event SOWO will advocate for ‘Rational use of drugs ’. This initiative will among other things, provide professional services to sensitize the public on the dangers of irrational use of medicines resulting in drug resistance. On this day screening, counseling and equipping the general public with information will be done. Last year’s event was successful as it attracted over 500 participants from all walks of life.

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