The magnificent all-woman trio of P V Sindhu, Dipa Karmakar, and Sakshi Malik made the whole country unite in happiness as they performed their best in Rio Olympics.
While India gifted our athletes with crores of cash prizes, BMWs and land, Kenya’s gold medalist Faith Kipyegon will get an electricity connection in her village as a reward.
Faith won the gold medal in the 1500 meter run at Rio with the fastest time recorded this year. She comes from a small village in Kenya that does not even have electricity.
Her village does not have an electricity connection since the1980s. Because of this, her father could not even see her gold medal performance.
But after her victory, her father appealed to the President requesting for electricity in the village.
I URGE PRESIDENT UHURU KENYATTA TO MAKE SURE OUR VILLAGE IS CONNECTED TO ELECTRICITY SO THAT I CAN SEE MY DAUGHTER FAITH RUNNING AND WINNING MEDALS FOR KENYA.”
The Kenyan government responded promptly and gave Faith’s village electricity. Samsung also sent a flat screen TV so that Faith’s father can watch the Olympic events.
CS Hon.Keter & PS Njoroge launch the Last Mile Connectivity project in Kilome Constituency, Makueni county. pic.twitter.com/RSjIyL7xiq
— EnergyMin, Kenya (@EnergyMinK) August 24, 2016
Her whole village flocked to her father’s hut to see electricity for the first time in 30 years. They were absolutely delighted.
The parents of Faith Kipyegon, 1500m Olympic Gold medalist will never miss a moment of glory thanks to Last mile pic.twitter.com/mMIoodRCSz
— CS Charles Keter (@ketercharles) August 26, 2016
And like any delighted and proud father, Koech only had praises to describe his daughter’s achievements.
“I only thank God for giving me such a wonderful daughter who has transformed our village and I pray to God to give her strength and good health so that she can win more medals for Kenya.”
The story is heartening and sad at the same time. Heartening because a village finally was connected to the grid after 3 decades in darkness. Sad because a villager has to train in complete darkness in a village without electricity and win a medal to finally appeal for an electric connection.
Seems like an electricity connection in Kenya is much more exclusive than owning a BMW in India.
VIA : storypick
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