The sporting challenge to run a quadruple marathon in West Africa for a better protection of migrant children achieved its goals thanks to Olivier Geissler, the Director of the International Social Service (ISS) Switzerland.
“The challenge is completed and I managed to run 4 marathons in 4 African countries in 4 consecutive days. I logged 171 km in total and finished in good health and spirit. The race started in The Gambia, crossed to Casamance (Senegal), continued to Guinea-Bissau and finished in Guinea. I made great encounters along the way, could see beautiful scenery but met also precariousness in many families and communities, one of the push factors of unsafe mobility. Together with our local partners we met in the four countries with official and traditional authorities, the civil society, media and youngsters to discuss the necessity of protecting children on the move“, reported Olivier who was supported and encouraged by the children met along the run.
This sporting adventure was primarily a pretext to talk about the mobility of children in each country crossed, to raise awareness on their vulnerability and to encourage the mobilization of authorities, civil society and communities to provide opportunities for them.
The race also aimed to raise funds that will be given directly to individual projects in West Africa to support vulnerable children and families in the four crossed countries.
A small retrospective of this adventure was presented by Olivier in the first day of the meeting of the national coordination of the Réseau Afrique de l’Ouest pour la protection des enfants (RAO), which took place in Conakry on the 1st of August 2016.
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