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. Paul understood this, the Karamoja Safari Camp, www.karamojasafari.com and the tourism training school started by Theo and Paul 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. Our 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. We encourage you to visit our Warrior Trail Building program and join us on this incredible journey of change and empowerment.
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 region. The Warrior trails of Karamoja , the terrain of Mt Elgon and Western Kenya and then with our Common Sense Capacity Building model bring Pauls vision to the world.
Paul in Pian Upe made by THEO Vos
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 then with the local people build, connect and map the trails and together creating the world's first, world class indigenous bike region. All the big NGO's and government talk about development and creating opportunity for others, as mountain bikers , 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. If you are looking for the adventure of a lifetime , to ride world class terrain and to leave your mark on the sport of mountain biking than we encourage you to join us and our Warrior Trailbuilding Program.
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