by Team Africa Rising 3K Lives Impacted Sierra Leone
What does cycling mean to Sierra Leone? Opportunity, Hope, FutureWe have been working with some amazingly dedicated people in Sierra Leone to help ...
What does cycling mean to Sierra Leone? Opportunity, Hope, Future
We have been working with some amazingly dedicated people in Sierra Leone to help grow the sport of cycling in their country. This past November, Adrien Niyonshuti, former Rwanda Olympic cyclist, hosted their first coaching class.
Under the direction of Karim Kamara and Village Bicycle Project cycling has grown as has the need for mechanics and tools. Team Africa Rising became involved with Karim Kamara from Lunsar Cycling via Tom Owen, a Brit who has been to Sierra Leone and written about the deep love and dedication of Sierra Leoneans for the sport. Tom also wrote a story for Cycling Tips about the growth of the sport.
In 2020, Team Africa Rising will be hosting a mechanic's course and Park Tools has generously offered us a tool kit as cost to help the young mechanics. These mechanics will not only be able to help the cyclists, but most importantly, they can start businesses in Sierra Leone repairing bikes. Two of those current businesses are owned by women.
Each tool kit costs $86.42 ($250+ retail) and includes everything to start a small business and repair any bicycle in the region. TAR's goal is to provide 30 tool kits to Sierra Leone with 50% going to women. Sierra Leone is totally committed to equal pay and equal opportunity for women cyclists and support staff. The container leaves the US the end of March so we need to raise the money by March 1st to insure shipment to Sierra Leone.
We are asking you to purchase ONE toolkit (more if you like :) ... just $86.42. $86.42 will start a business in Sierra Leone.
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