When I founded Bicycles for Humanity, Paul was immediately attracted to our movement because it was grassroots, it was about empowerment and it was about transferring skills to the people so that they could create a better life for themselves. The cycling world knew Paul as a tough gritty rider and the best cycling announcer along with his friend Phil Liggett. Few knew that paul loved Africa, he spent a lifetime there, training, empowering and encouraging people to be the best they could be.
Paul was a master teacher, coach and master at motivating others. Karamoja was Paul's special place, we had with the local people built an incredible base of bike service and support centers. High tax's to bring bikes in, caused us to move to delivering better healthcare and education by taking the best content from the internet and moving it to a memory stick so that it could be shared locally over wifi or by copying it to a memory stick.
Theo Vos, Florance Naduk's sone had started a cultural tourism business and guest house called Kara-Tunga. Paul saw the potential to grow tourism in the region and he joined theo and together they built a tented Safari Lodge in Moroto that continues to grow to this day. I'm a technology person by background and understood the power of cloud computing and we helped a Karamojong university graduate start the regions first computer and IT service company.
To Paul and I , it was just natural, it was what we did and we were amazed at how many NGO's and government organizations could not get anything going, where we were having incredible success on many levels empowering local people. As the developed world came to Karamoja, oil and mineral exploration had started and we were concerned that it was important to help the people understand what was about to happen and to provide the skills to ensure they could survive and flourish.
We created Karamoja.org with the simple goal of helping the people move forward following our Common Sense Capacity Building model, with a tag line, Karamoja, leading Africa forward. Paul is no longer with us, but an entire team is in place all focused on he simple goal of together with the local people, having Karamoja, lead Africa forward. We encourage you to visit karamoja.org, if you want to join us and empower others, great, and together helping the people of Karamoja not only survive, but prosper in a new world, would be the best way to full paul's greatest dream as well as a living testament to his desire for change in a region he loved.
We encourage you to visit karamoja,org, we hope you come to the region next year with the third Tour of Karamoja and if you cannot make it, support our trail building efforts.