In 2020 we will organize our 5th edition of Bike for Africa: after Rwanda/Burundi, Uganda, Senegal/ The Gambia and Cameroon, we are now planning to go mountain biking in the north western provinces of Rwanda
Bike for Africa 2020 is...
All bikers have been fundraising to financially suppport the “Rwanda Charity Eye Hospital” founded by the Belgian ophthalmologist Piet Noé. One of the issues of Rwanda is the scarceness of ophthalmologists, only 14 per 12 million inhabitants. Piet, who invested all his savings in the hospital and asked friends & relatives to help with the fundraising, opened the hospital in 2018 with the aim to provide eye care to all Rwandans who need it.
On the last day of their stay in Rwanda, the bikers will visit the hospital and hand over a check to Piet Noë.
Finally, we will also support the "Berwa Kinunu" project. This is a project set up by our hostess, Mme Odette Nyiramilimo , of the Rushel Lodge in Kinunu, former Minister of Social Affairs in the Rwanda Government, and Senator. The project wants to help reintegrate very young single mothers in society by training them in a handicraft, hence providing them with an income. The girls now tailor school uniforms for children. We will provide them with yarn and cloth.
The Republic of Rwanda is a country in Central / East Africa and one of the smallest countries on the African mainland. Located a few degrees south of the Equator, Rwanda is bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, and RDC.
It is situated in the African Great Lakes region, with numerous lakes throughout the country. The climate is temperate to subtropical, with two rainy seasons and two dry seasons each year. We will be there in the short dry season with occasional rains and reasonable temperatures. Rwanda is at an average height of 1.500m, which makes it cool at night and pleasantly warm during the day.
Rwanda has a presidential system of government, with Paul Kagame as president who took office in 2000. Rwanda is one of only two countries with a female majority in the national parliament. Social tensions between Hutu and Tutsi population erupted in the 1994 genocide, in which Hutu extremists killed an estimated 500,000 to 1 million Tutsi. A visit of the Genocide Memorial is programmed.
Rwanda's economy suffered heavily in wake of the 1994 genocide, but has since strengthened. The economy is based mostly on agriculture. Coffee and tea are the major cash crops for export. Tourism is a fast-growing sector and is now the country's leading foreign exchange earner. Rwanda is one of only two countries in which mountain gorillas can be visited safely.