It’s the time of year for sharing and giving and Northbrook-based charity Dreamweaver International recently joined in the spirit of Thanksgiving season by bringing education, sports, and hope to Kenya.
Led by Director Dr. Warren Bruhl and volunteer Palatine resident Todd Love Ball, Jr., Dreamweaver International recently embarked on a mission trip where they provided education, healthcare and sports to the Maasai people. The trip occurred October 24 through November 8.
During the trip, Dreamweaver provided education at the Kimana School of Leadership and Professional Studies in Kimana, Dreamweaver’s on site campus, and continued on providing care for patients and doctors/nurses at the local public hospital in Loitokitok, Kenya. While there, Dr. Warren Bruhl taught local health care providers the concepts of chiropractic healthcare and instructed local physical therapists on manual healing techniques they can provide to patients in this remote and highly under served area of the world.
As well, the team worked with the local little league started in this region called Mt. Kilimanjaro Little League and conducted coaches clinics and player instruction programs. Mt. Kilimanjaro Little League is a sanctioned little league with Little League International and has over 350 players currently playing in an area where baseball was never played before 2013.
Dreamweaver’s Gear for Goals project is the coordinating program for the league and has hired local coach, Mr. Owino Chapman from Kampala, Uganda to mentor and develop the game. Baseball has been developing in Uganda for more than 20 years with coaches and other leaders have a strong awareness of the game. As well, Major League Baseball and the World Baseball Federation have a strong interest in the development of baseball in East Africa. Dr. Warren Bruhl, Director of Dreamweaver, has been in conversations with leaders of USSSA baseball to bring the World Baseball Federation to work with youth in Kenya. It is likely in 2016, members of the World Baseball Federation and USSSA will travel to work with the developing program.
Bruhl, along with volunteers, has taken over 1,000 lbs of baseball gear and other sports equipment to seed the league since 2013.
As well, local schools including Kimana Primary and Secondary School have dedicated a portion of their land to build baseball fields. Gear for Goals built the first baseball field in the area in the town of Kimana using property that was graciously donated for use by Mr. Joseph Nkaapa, the director of Kimana School of Leadership and Professional Studies and a local Kenyan leader Dreamweaver uses to organize projects.
While there, Dreamweaver provided certificates of accomplishments to nearly a hundred players celebrating their achievement in sport and baseball and to encourage their further growth. As well, eight key players were identified and asked to travel to the remote village of Nilei to encourage and make a local youth, who suffered a tragic motorcycle accident, feel welcome and part of the team. Malau, an 8-year-old youth, lost his left leg tragically when he accidentally stuck his leg in the spokes of motorbike late last year in 2014. Losing nearly 3 pints of blood and rushed to the public hospital, many thought he would die but miraculous circumstances saved his life. Kenyan doctors made Dreamweaver aware of his need for prosthesis and Dreamweaver arranged the financing for the artificial limb. Now with his limb, Dr. Warren Bruhl wanted players of Mt. Kilimanjaro Little League to become young youth leaders and to encourage Malau. So they arranged to wear uniforms donated by Northwestern that say Wildcats and went to his remote boma nearly 1.5 hours from Kimana where Kimana School of Leadership and Professional Studies is headquartered. While there, players provided a ceremonial gifting to Malau and taught him to play baseball and made him a member of the team. The response from Malua’s community and him was inspiring and has seeded the hope and healing he desperately needed after nearly dying in late 2014.
As well, Dreamweaver is pleased to announce the final phases are being laid to complete the building of the first Pre-K through grade 2 school called Kimana Christian Academy. This school will be among the finest schools in the area and has caused a tremendous amount of excitement and buzz in the community of over 5000 residents.
To date, Dreamweaver’s Gear for Goals work has touched over 5,000 children’s lives in the Rift Valley and is now working on creating a curriculum to install baseball in the curriculum of the schools. We have also begin plans to see if we can make baseball bats and mitts in this area to make affordable equipment available to children throughout the country to spread the game of baseball.
This marks Dr. Warren’s 6th trip to Kenya since Dreamweaver’s inception in 2012.
Bruhl and Ball are currently co-authoring a book providing a fresh look at poverty, ‘Wavers & Beggars’ scheduled for release in 2016.
For more information or ways you can help, visit Dreamweaver911.org. For more info about Gear for Goals, visit G4GSports.org. To see more about how Dreamweaver is making a difference, check out their video.
About Dreamweaver International/Gear for Goals
Dreamweaver International is non-profit located in the United States that provides education, healthcare, and humanitarian aid to the people of the Rift Valley of Kenya. Dreamweaver International is making a global impact through its Gear for Goals’ project, bringing sports gear and hope to under resourced children around the world. G4G currently serves children in the Dominican Republic, Kenya, Bolivia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Russia, Philippines, Jamaica, India, and Cuba.