Ride Karamoja, Paul's Legacy to Karamoja and to Africa
Paul Sherwen when he was alive, just went about doing things that made sense to him. when he joined me at bicycles for Humanity, he knew a bicycle can change the life of a person in Africa and allow them the opportunity to create a new business, a new opportunity or to race for the pleasure of the sport.
Tourism, especially tourism that empowers the local people is a great way to grow an economy in a remote region, again, Paul understood this, the Karamoja Safari Camp and the tourism training school started by theo are great examples and now in place the goal is to continue to grow tourism and to create new opportunities for the people.
Cycling and empowerment on a bike are the cornerstone of what Paul believed. karamoja and much of Africa has incredible terrain for mountain bikes, gravel bikes and in some places road bikes. many racers train on mountain bikes , away from traffic. Our small network of trails is already attracting many tourists and cyclists to the region, creating new opportunities for the people to build trails, become guides, manage camps on their lands and collect fee's for riding their trails. With a region the size of Karamoja and Western Kenya our pallet, anything is possible and hundreds of volunteer trail builders building and linking trails, would produce a riding mecca the world would come to.
Paul's love was Karamoja, his life was cycling and if together we can all play a role in Karamoja, leading Africa forward, than together we will have rode along side Paul and created positive change the way be believed it should be done.
Ride Karamoja is Pauls legacy to the world, I think the best way we can honor Paul and his dream for a better Africa is to ride along side him, build trails and encourage all to come and ride, the Warrior trails of karamoja and then with our Common Sense Capacity Building model bring Pauls vision to the world.
Below are the programs we believe are the bet way to honor Paul and make his dreams come true.
Paul in Pian Upe made by THEO Vos
Paul's Tour of Karamoja
Just as the Tour de France is the highlight of the cycling sport, Paul's Tour of Karamoja was the most important race to Paul. come join us for this years event. For those that are coming long distance's,we will be extending the event to 6 days, riding from Mt Elgon to Kidepo in Pauls honor allowing everyone to see and ride the area Paul loved. This event will also be a fundraiser to support and to continue to build the programs Paul believed in.
If you build it, they will come join KAMBA and help us make it a reality
Mountain and gravel bikes are changing the landscape of thousands of towns and cities across the developed world . the region from Mt Elgon, right along the spine of mountains that run to the South Sudan bordering Uganda and Kenya might be the most incredible opportunity in our lifetime to not only create positive change, but to build a mountain biking facility of thousands of trails, created and conceived by all of us who love mountain biking and them with the local people build, connect and map the trails and together creating the world's first and world class indigenous bike region. All the big NGO's and government talk about development and creating opportunity for others, as cyclists, we have the opportunity to change cycling forever by doing what just makes sense to all of us. Work with the local people transfer skills and knowledge and assist them in building trails, together train them in how to manage the trails, learn the skills to be guides, and help them as we are doing now, create opportunities in tourism to support the mountain bike program as it grows through the region Paul loved. Ride Karamoja and in riding and helping build the region out, change the world.
We know that not all of you have the time to come ride in Karamoja or Italy, or you do not have the skills to come and build the trails. When Paul and i built Bicycles for Humanity, we never imagined that it would become the largest globally , but it did and it keeps growing. Everyone understands the power of a bike and the difference a bike can make to the lives of others. We have no staff, no overhead, with bikes our only cost was shipping, with trail building and creating an economy around bikes, our only cost is helpoingfund the locals so that they can build, manage and be proud of their world class cycling region. Ride Karamoja, enjoy the culture and visit some of the most beautiful parks in all the world. If you believe in the dream we have for karamoja and for all of Africa and you believe in our common Sense Capacity Building model, than we invite you to donate, purchase our coffee, caps and mugs and share our story with all your friends and family. Together we can as a united group of cyclists, and the memory of Paul, help grow karamoja and in turn, have Karamoja, Lead Africa Forward
Paul and I were planning . a week long fundraising ride in Tuscany at a friends villa. Paul loved telling stories of the tour and talking about his Africa. many in the cycling world loved Paul and we hope to continue this event and hopefully some of his cycling friends will give of thier time to make this event possible. Again, all monies raised go towards growing cycling in Karamoja and Africa. If you are interested in finding out more, we invite you to subscribe to our updates.