Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri led his Giants of Africa Foundation on a trip to Samburu Girls Foundation and reiterated his commitment to improving the standards of sports in Kenya.
The Canadian based sports administrator whose mother is Kenyan, heads the popular Canadian team which competes in the popular National Basketball Association (NBA) league in the USA, promised to build a Sh3.5 million borehole to assist the 300 underprivileged girls who reside at the institution, most of whom have been rescued from early marriages in the area.
Samburu Girls Foundation is an institution set up by Dr Josephine Kulea with aim of rescuing young girls from early marriages.
“The way it works we have to support Kenya and Africa because we know the amount of talents here. I left Nigeria to play basketball in the USA and many other Kenyans and Africans can take that route if the conditions are favourable,” said Ujiri.
Masai and his entourage were reduced to tears after listening to some of the emotional tales by the ladies who have had to run from forced marriages.
Samburu Girls’ Foundation communications manager Jeremiah Kipainoi lauded the support from the Toronto based sports franchise and called for more support in the provision of water for consumption and farming activities.
“This support is so vital, our girls risk their lives to go fetch water which is not clean. We also need sustainable water to be able to practice farming,” said Jeremiah Kipainoi.