The Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation creates peace initiatives in East African pastoralist conflict areas.
Since its founding in 2003 by World Champion Tegla Loroupe, thousands of athletes have trained and competed in Peace Races held in conflict areas in Kenya, in Uganda, and in other conflict areas.
Since 2015, hundreds of refugee athletes from South Sudan, Congo, Ethiopia, Somalia and other countries have trained at the Tegla Loroupe International Olympic Refugee Training Camp in Ngong, Kenya, just to the east of Nairobi.
In 2016, Ambassador Tegla Loroupe led the International Refugee Olympic team to Rio, where five of the Ngong Training Camp athletes competed.
Tegla Loroupe describes who we are: an organization dedicated to athletes who compete for themselves, for their families, for their societies, and for peace, honesty and justice among all peoples.
Tegla Loroupe television interview on June 26, 2021
The opening ceremony featured a beautiful sky of lights drawing a picture of the world.
The video tour was highly successful. The video will be posted in the next few days.
In a few days, Tegla will lead a video team through the Ngong Training Camp. That video, and these web pages will help people understand the athletes’s dream of competing in Tokyo, how their training over the past four years has affected them, and what the impact has been on their families remaining in the refugee camps.
Tegla Loroupe and James Chiengjiek A tour of our Ngong Training Camp, produced by Airbnb
Athletic Training and Educational Sites
The Kapenguria Peace Academy teaches orphan, refugee, and local children at a residential campus in Kapenguria, Kenya, the County Seat for West Pokot County. Founded originally for orphans of the conflicts between tribes in North Kenya, the Academy now provides a safe school for children from conflict areas in East Africa.
Families of International Refugee Olympic Team athletes participate in the in-camp center under UNHCR auspices. The Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation sponsors educational material for the family members.
As the foundation worked over the years in refugee camps in Kenya to promote peace through sports , many talented athletes appeared in the camps, but had no options to further their careers.
The Tegla Loroupe Peace Race is an annual 10-kilometre road running event which takes place in November in Kapenguria, West Pokot County, Kenya. First held in 2003, the race was created by Kenyan runner Tegla Loroupe to bring together warriors of rival tribes to reduce conflict in the region.
TLPF is a charitable organization that focuses on restoring peace and fostering economic empowerment among pastoralists. It was established in 2003 by Tegla Loroupe, a Kenyan marathon legend and the Foundation’s President. Essentially, TLPF focuses on rebuilding social relations and developing trust among communities at war over scarce water, scarce pasture, and increasingly fragile and threatened vital resources for their herds and crops, in some of the world’s most impoverished nomadic communities.
Fifteen years of Peace Races showcase sports as an alternative economic livelihood pathway to the warrior’s traditional practice of cattle rustling, with the creation of a Warrior’s Training Center for those who put down their weapons and choose peace.
The Peace Races gather a broad community, and are designed to increase awareness of girl child rights, to foster education, and champion peace and cooperation as the future for all tribes. Peace demands a fundamental change in the perception of pastoralists towards cattle raiding as a form of livelihood.
With a vision of A Peaceful, Prosperous and Just World In Which Sports is a Unifying Factor, the Foundation’s continued activities restore peace among warring pastoralists through sports, and build a foundation on which to make a difference in the lives of the less privileged.
To promote peaceful building, livelihood and resilience of poor people affected by violence and vulnerable to conflicts and civil strife in the world
A peaceful prosperous and just world in which sports is the unifying and livelihood factor
Tegla Loroupe describes our core values:
President of the The Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation