Tegla Loroupe has had a successful career as an athlete, in track and marathon events. From being the first African Woman to win a major marathon, to breaking and holding a world record. Today, many people know her as a volunteer, humanitarian, advocate for peace and girl child rights; which have too brought her recognition the world over.
Tegla continues to light up the lives of many people, women afflicted by war, refugees, poverty stricken families and uniting communities through her Sports For Peace Programs. Coming from a region in north western Kenya that is always affected by cattle rustling, intercommunity conflicts over resources and now the revolutionized armed conflict due to proliferation of arms and sophisticated weapons, Tegla has vowed to use her track and field achievements, energy and time to pursue peace in the Greater Horn of Africa.
Tegla's humanitarian work has earned her several accolades and awards within Kenya, Africa and around the World.
In February 2007, she was named the Oxfam Ambassador of Sport and Peace to Darfur. In December 2006, she travelled with George Clooney, Joey Cheek, and Don Cheadle to Beijing, Cairo, and New York on a diplomatic mission to bring an end to violence in Darfur.
The Law Society of Kenya has awarded its annual Father John Kaiser Human Rights Award to Tegla Loroupe for "Her efforts in promoting human rights and support for women and children"
The award was presented to her by Kenya's Chief Justice Dr. Willy Mutunga during the annual Law Society of Kenya general meeting held at the Intercontinental Hotel Nairobi on 24 March 2016.
Tegla has used sport and education to promote peace since her retirement from active athletics. She founded the Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation in 2003 to promote peace among tribal communities in Northern Kenya and the Greater Horn of Africa, champion for women's empowerment and to fight for the rights of children and opressed.
Her efforts have led to establishment of peace accords among the Turkana and Pokot, Pokot and Marakwet, Samburu and Turkana; some of the once most notorious warring communities in Kenya.
Father John Kaiser
Father John Anthony Kaiser was a catholic priest who was killed in Morendat, Kenya in 2000 by unknown assailants. Kaiser served at the Maela refugee camp for people who were displaced by what he referred as state instigated violence as part of a land grab.
The report of the commission was released on October 18, 2002. It confirmed the charges made by Fr. Kaiser, "indicted ... senior officials" and "accused senior officials of giving inflammatory speeches and in some cases, financing persons responsible for the violence."
In August 2003, the body of Father John Kaiser was found with gunshot wounds under a tree along Nakuru - Naivasha road.
She won the "Community Hero" category at the 2007 Kenyan Sports Personality of the Year awards.