Building Schools in Kenya

By Jason Khalipa

In CrossFit, HD Videos, Rest Day/Theory

February 11, 2013

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The competition was old school: no prizes. Just friends getting together for a great workout and some beer.

“And all the money that was raised, every single dime, went straight to Kenya,” says NorCal CrossFit owner Jason Khalipa.

It was all part of CrossFit’s Hope for Kenya project, focused on improving the conditions of those living in the 250-square-mile rural area surrounding Mombasa. The fundraiser workout—a 12-minute AMRAP of 50 air squats, 30 push-ups and 15 pull-ups—is being done by dozens upon dozens of boxes worldwide.

Khalipa and a group from NorCal CrossFit took the 20-hour flight to Kenya to help build two schools with the money his affiliate raised.

“One school in Kenya can benefit so many children it’s unbelievable,” he says. “The Kenyan people just need opportunities, whether that be a school, water or crops … . They’re not looking for handouts. They just want … to start their progression.”

As CrossFitters, we have a duty to take “our amazing CrossFit community and help other people,” Khalipa adds.

“We’re all such happy people,” he says. “Why don’t we take our funds and help support other people and allow them to be just as happy?”

Click here for more information about CrossFit’s efforts in Africa.

Video by Jon Gilbert

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Additional reading: It Makes a Village by Dallin Frampton, published July 6, 2012.

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7 Comments on “Building Schools in Kenya”


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I'm totally feeling Jason Khalipa here. He's a pretty bad dude. Just donated to my Affiliate the other day and this video is just awesome to watch. I am pretty sure the CrossFit community is the best Ever, One thousand times a million!

But seriously, was that the 2008 Games champ getting misty? I didn't know he was actually human. Someone told me once, right after doing fran, that he was assembled at some broken down rust bucket parts warehouse in only god-knows-where California, somewhere...

...Anyways, I might not be able to hang with Jason Khalipa in a WOD. But I am pretty positive, almost 100% sure... pretty much Zero doubt, and completely certain, that I could hang with him building a school :)

(Donate and watch Jason Khalipa build 5 schools, 5 times, for time!)


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Absolutely awesome!!!


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Great video.

Jason Khalipa = all heart.



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Such a privilege to see this, and it is really inspiring. Every day when i see things like this it makes me wonder what i could be doing. I don't own an affiliate, I cant afford to join the only local affiliate we have here, but I love doing crossfit, and I love the fact that I still get to be a part of this community.
I'm gonna think about what i can do to help, and how to inspire others to do the same.


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I want and one day will be apart of this. Inspiring


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"I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples." - Mother Teresa

Solid work NorCal Crossfit. Bravo!!

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