Reducing poverty through the power of the bike
Having been involved in some geothermal work in Kenya, I have never in my life seen so many people walking between places. But there are also the odd bikers here and there, but mostly with the bicycle as a transportation tool to get between places.
Empowerment through bicycle racing, how cool is that?
- Continue the education of youths who would normally fall by the way side. This education takes the form of formal and informal means. Formal being through the DHL scheme to keep them in school and tie their cycling results to their school results. Informal is to take those who have already fallen out of the system and to give them a life skill. Whether that is as a bike mechanic or a competitive cyclist.
- To build a sustainable business that mends bikes and takes tourists on safe and well guided rides throughout the stunning landscapes of Kenya. This provides a living for the Simbaz and a great experience for the tourist. It’s a win win.
- To raise money to buy a small piece of land where the Simbaz can grow and support more youths who need our help. We will build the Safari Simbaz Centre on this land that will provide a place for shelter, training and fun for everyone involved.
This article was initially published on LinkedIn in November 2014.