Who is Moninda Marube?
Moninda Marube is a professional Kenyan
runner whose life has been full of roadblocks
from the time he was 10 years old after the
demise of his grandmother who doubled as his
mother and father. Failing to get an education
due to economical constrain, Moninda has
always fought hard to define his purpose in this
world. He knows too well that in as much as
education is the key to a good life , it's not a
guarantee that those without it have no life nor
purpose to live fully their potential.
Nearly everyone knows that Kenyan runners
are fast. What everyone doesn’t know is how
hard it is for most Kenyan runners to break out
of the cycle of poverty to even think about
becoming an elite runner. It is a long and arduous climb to reach competition on the global running stage.
Kenyans weren’t always the dominant figures in the sport of long distance running that they are today. For a people who weren’t even allowed to govern themselves, there wasn’t much opportunity for sport. Old world colonialism hindered achievement until Kenya won its independence and the country started to grow.
Today, achievement in every major long distance running event around the world has been attained by Kenyan runners. Even with all the success, around 50% of Kenyans are still living in poverty, making it difficult to make a better life for themselves and their families. Some have seen running as a way out of the chains of poverty, but as prize money has grown for elite runners, so has the danger of corrupt managers taking advantage of the runners and controlling their futures.
Moninda Marube was born into a life of hardship. After a failed presidential election in Kenya, Moninda’s home country, tribal clashes broke out forcing him to flee for his personal safety, for fear of losing his life. He arrived in America with promises of a better life, only to become a victim of human trafficking as an athlete for 9 months. It’s a lesser known and growing problem that affects athletes and their families, many of which are threatened by “agents” to gain leverage in the situation. Moninda continued to rise above adversity and subsequently has won a number of races since. He has gone from running for his life, to running for others.
The Moninda Movement is one man's mission to spread awareness of human trafficking and to end the labor trafficking of elite athletes and more. Moninda embarked on a 3,700 mile cross-country educational running tour, starting in July of 2015. You can be part of this great movement by sharing the word, donating to the cause, running with Moninda, inviting Moninda to your organization, school or church to inspire more through his amazing story.