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Community Empowerment Mt. Bike Trails Karamoja

$725 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 8 people in 5 months
Created January 24, 2019
Help create an entire  economy in  Karamoja, Uganda, see, ridekaramoja.com
one of the poorest place on earth, by helping the local people    build  mountain bike trailsand an economy around biking. http://www.ridekaramoja.com 
100% of all donations goes towards paying the local people $2.50 US  per day and hundreds will show up  for the chance to earn this, the region has zero economy today.
Mountain biking creates  trailbuilding jobs, guiding, fee's to ride the area, fees for the campground  we are putting  in at the base , plus other tourism related  revenue. 
Paying school fee's for girls is the key driver to doing this.
We also  invite you  to come, design your own trail and adapt that trail, with naming rights on Trailforks. The more trails, the greater the economic opportunity is for the people.
Also honor Paul Sherwen,  Tour de France announcer and past Tour rider who grew up in Karamoja and passed away suddenly in December of 2018.
Join our grassroots movement,  Ride Karamoja and change lives forever.
Help us  build an entire trail network and kickstart an economy for the Tepeth people.
We are planningan 8 day Epic ride across the region, once the trails are complete.

Hi my name is Pat Montani founder of Bicycles for Humanity, a global grassroots movement that has delivered over 160,000 bicycles to Africa empowering thousands with the gift of mobility.  8 years ago Paul Sherwen and I  brought 4500 bicycles to Karamoja, Uganda  to kickstart the economy.   B4H  in 15 years has never spent a  cent on staff or overhead and never will, we are a pure volunteer lead movement and Ride karamoja  will be the same.

Every cent raised goes towards trail building and empowering the local people .

There are few opportunities for the local people, most have never had a job.  2 years ago we started the Tour of Karamoja, to bring people  to the   region.  Last year, see   http://www.ridekaramoja.com  we  built trails, established a camp and trained the locals on how to build trails.  The few trails  created a new economy for the local people, trail building, guiding,  hospitality  jobs and fee's to ride  their lands.  A big wage in karamoja is $2.00 per day and we had hundreds line up for  the jobs.   World class terrain, unbelievable culture,  Africa's best game park, Kidepo Valley in Karamoja, why not  help build Africa's biggest network of trails, the Nomadic Warrior Trails and kickstart an entirely new economy, all grassroots and all volunteer.

We are  also inviting all mountain bikers and  trailbuilders  to come and design a trail and with the local people build the trails and   become a part of a new economy  for the poor of Karamoja.  A network of  trails  for indigeneous people create many new revenue streams and opportunities.  Every $25  donation pays a trailbuilder for  10 days  and with $2500, we can  easily add 5 new trails to the network  that has been started.
Paul Sherwen and I founded Bicycles for Humanity, see www.bicycles-for-humanity.org  to make a difference to empower others,   grsssroots does work.  Paul  grew up in Karamoja, we  were  helping deliver  better education, healthcare and   opportunities for many.  Paul passed away suddenly  in December of 2018.  Paul  was loved by millions in  the cycling world and   we believe that the best way to honor Paul was  to continue his work in Karamoja and to  build the   best mountain , gravel biking trails in Karamoja and  as the riders come to  ride and experience this incredible region,  it empowers all and creates a clean economy we can all feel a part of.

Karamoja is incredibly beautiful and it is the people that make this region so special.  We invite everyone to join us on the  Tour of Karamoja Epic this fall.  Start  at sunrise at the top of Mt Elgon, ride  down, across the plains of Karamoja, through Pianupe Game reserve, then to  the Tepeth Territory and camp at the base of thier trail network.  From here, it is off to Kidepo and Kaboong to ride the best  flow trails on earth, and then another day to  see the sunset in  Kidepo Valley National park.   There  is great video and photo's at ridekaramoja.com

We need to link trails and cut new ones across the region and your donation  will go towards making this possible and empowering the people with a new  value added economy that does not cut their trees, or mine their lands. 
We funded the first phase by selling cycling jerseys at  last years event, if we can raise  $25,000  we can build out the entire  region, creating not only an incredible opportunity for the locals, but some of the best mountain and gravel bike riding on earth.


Paul, I and the entire Bicycles for Humanity team  grassroots, we are all volunteers, if we can together make this happen for   the people of Karamoja, than it also creates a new set of export services they can bring to the rest of the developing world.

Unedited  video of  Paul Sherwin doing the  wrapup of the Tour of Karamoja, the journey has started,  please join us and help empower the local people  of  Karamoja.

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Raised by 8 people in 5 months
Created January 24, 2019
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