Armed with a mission to bring sports and hope to children in need around the world, Northbrook-based pediatric chiropractor Dr. Warren Bruhl recently provided soccer equipment to thousands of impoverished kids in Kenya.
Dr. Warren Bruhl serves as the Executive Director of Gear for Goals, a partner program of charity Dreamweaver International that recently traveled to the Kimana Rift Valley near Mount Kilimanjaro which is located about 4 hours outside Nairobi. Bruhl, along with volunteers, worked in local national parks including Amboseli and Tsavo Parks, some of the most visited locations in the world for safaris and other tourist destinations in Africa.
Dreamweaver International and Gear for Goals provided medical, chiropractic, educational assistance and sports equipment along with coaching for children. Working with doctors from Rocky Vista Osteopathic College in Colorado and a team of chiropractic doctors, Dreamweaver International's 2013 Kenya Mission Trip provided multidisciplinary care to patients in 12 different remote villages around the area and also marked the beginning of construction of Mount Kilimanjaro Mission Hospital that will serve as a permanent location for patients to visit. Doctors from the US are slated to travel and work in the clinic on rotation along with local health care officials.
Dreamweaver's 2013 Kenya Mission Trip also featured a film crew preparing a documentary about Dreamweaver International and the work they have been doing in Kenya for the past 22 years.
The trip also kicked off Gear for Goals' 'Sport for Hope' program where 'One Gives One'. For every G4G soccer ball purchased, Gear for Goals will donate one to a child internationally and domestically. G4G baseballs are also available and for every dozen purchased G4G donates 4 baseballs.
With a focus on education, Dreamweaver also developed and introduced their computer tablet learning program. Starting with 10 tablet computers, Dreamweaver introduced for the first time a daily program of education working with impoverished children in the town of Kimana, Kenya. Working with a school of 400 children, Dreamweaver teachers from their college – Kimana School of Professional Studies visited the school daily for 2-3 hours and loaned the tablet computers to the teachers and worked with them also to teach the students. Kimana School of Professional Studies is Dreamweaver International college located in the Kimana Rift Valley and is an accredited Kenyan College.
Dr. Warren Bruhl, along with volunteers, traveled to the Rift Valley on December 1 and will be providing humanitarian relief through December 15.
Bruhl traveled with his oldest son, Austin Bruhl – a recent graduate in Exercise and Health Sciences from Wake Forest University and going on to study physical therapy. Also joining Bruhl on the trip is Mr. Todd Love Ball, Jr., who is co-author of the book they are writing on poverty titled 'Wavers and Beggars'. To further support their efforts, Dr. Jeff Kahrs of Washington State is traveling to help build the program of chiropractic care in this area. Bruhl first introduced chiropractic to the Maasai last year and it was very well received.
Bruhl serves as Executive Director of Gear for Goals, a youth program of non-profit Dreamweaver International that provides sports, education and hope to kids in need both locally and internationally.
For more information on how you can join the effort, visit http://www.dreamweaver911.org. To purchase a G4G logo'd sports ball to support their One Gives One campaign bringing sports to kids in need, visit http://www.g4gsports.org.