Please help me and our team of 25 riders ending poverty, HIV/AIDS, and empowering women and girls in Zambia. This is a cause that I truly believe in. Join me on my journey to Africa aboard Bike Zambia, which is a 350 mile fundraising bicycle ride across Zambia this summer. We will be cycling across the country and visiting our beneficiaries. This will be my fourth fundraising trip to Zambia. Life in Zambia is a bittersweet story and needs our continued support.
It is a country filled with beautiful people. Zambians will do anything for you, and expect nothing in return except a warm handshake and a smile, one in six kids are orphaned, and 14 percent of the population is infected with the HIV virus.
It is a country of amazing scenic beauty, exotic wildlife and unbelievable sunsets, yet the countryside is being raked of trees as people struggle to obtain fuel for cooking.
It is a country where life is simple and amassing material possessions is unimportant, yet the outside world is introducing cell phones, cars and development in an uncontrolled manner.
I am still processing everything that I have experienced last year after visiting the beneficiaries of our fundraising, cycling across the country, talking with the Zambian people in the local villages, and experiencing its natural beauty at a remote bush camp and feeling the mist and spray ofVictoria Falls at the end of the ride.
I went to Zambia to give the country my help and financial support, but I returned feeling that the people of Zambia give me so much more in return. They showed me that true happiness is not amassing material possessions, but it accepting and supporting all the people of the world, appreciating friends, enjoying the simple things in life, and being dazed by the natural beauty around us. These are the thigs that can never be taken away from you.
Below are the beneficiaries that we support. Click on the blue hyperlinks to learn more about these incredible organizations that need our support.
World Bicycle Relief (WBR) is dedicated to providing access to independence and livelihood through the power of bicycles. Bike Zambia supports multiple programs through WBR, providing rugged bicycles to healthcare workers treating HIV/AIDS patients and also to school children for educational empowerment. WBR trains local field mechanics to build, maintain, and repair bicycles.
Zambia Health Education Communication and Trust (ZHECT) is an NGO at the forefront of fighting the HIV pandemic, sexually transmitted infections, and other crippling health issues such as Malaria and Tuberculosis that affect all levels of Zambian society.
Grassroot Soccer (GRS) is an organization that uses the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilize communities to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS.
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Donation by donation, and pedal by pedal, we canmake this a better world for everyone. I promise to post a blog of my adventures and experiences upon my return for all my donors.
Thanks so much for your generosity!
WHAT IS BIKE ZAMBIA?
More than just a 7-day, 300+ mile cycling ride, Bike Zambia harnesses the energy of participants to make a positive change in the world.
Riders will build community with other globally-minded cyclists, participate in Zambian culture through immersive experiences, and raise funds for local programs focusing on HIV/AIDS Prevention and Economic Empowerment for Women and Girls in Zambia.
WHO WE BENEFIT
Since our first Bike Zambia ride in 2012, over 120 cyclists have joined the annual ride, raising over $600,000 to support Zambian organizations. Partner organizations like ZHECT and Grassroot Soccer work locally in Zambia to reduce stigma, increase HIV prevention and access to treatment, and promote testing. World Bicycle Relief provides bicycles to women and girls so that they have access to transportation to work and school.
Zambia is one of Africa's poorest countries with one of the highest rates of HIV infection. A staggering 1 in 8 adults are infected with HIV and 64 percent of the total population lives below the poverty line, rising to 80 percent in rural areas. Life expectancy is just 58.1 years, however, this is a considerable increase from the 2012 life expectancy of 49.4 years, partly thanks to improved access to antiretroviral treatments. The need for help is clear.