Tsepo Ramonene lives to run.
UNFORTUNATELY, Tsepo lives in extreme poverty in the little-known African nation of Lesotho, where he struggles just to get enough to eat. As sole breadwinner, Tsepo supports his family with the meager winnings from his races. Before his races, he can only afford to eat bread and tea.
Tsepo is a quiet, humble young man who dreams of running in the Olympics.
But running in the Olympics is not his only dream. Tsepo is 21 years old but only has a 7th grade education. Still, he dreams of getting his high school diploma someday, so he and his family can live a better life. The sad truth is that in Lesotho, education beyond primary school is not free. Most people survive as subsistence farmers, so few can afford to send their children to secondary school.
Against all odds, Tsepo has managed to qualify for the 2012 Olympics marathon.
Children in Lesotho watch Tsepo run along a lonely dirt track, sweating, working hard day-in and day-out, striving for excellence despite the difficulties, working to fulfill one of his dreams. In his shadow, children watch, children who normally have little hope watch, and are inspired to reach for their own dreams.
In the spirit of the Olympics, will you help us give Tsepo a chance to live his dream of getting an education?
In the spirit of the Olympics, will you give hope to the children who watch Tsepo run today and see themselves reaching for the stars tomorrow?
Help us make dreams come true.
You can see Tsepo, and hear him talk about his love of running, in a TV ad for the 2012 Olympics at http://vimeo.com/45127795. You can read more about Tsepo Ramonene on the videographer's website http://carlfromlesotho.tumblr.com/
All money received by the Tsepo Ramonene Lesotho Education Fund will go to school expenses, food, housing, and other basic needs for Tsepo and his family. Any additional funding received beyond that will pay for secondary school scholarships for other Lesotho children.