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What is Bike Zambia?


Bike Zambia is a seven-day, 300+ mile bicycle ride from Lusaka to Livingstone to raise money and awareness for AIDS, girls' education, and poverty in Zambia. 

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What is Bike Zambia?


Bike Zambia is a seven-day, 300+ mile bicycle ride from Lusaka to Livingstone to raise money and awareness for AIDS, girls' education, and poverty in Zambia. 

Bike Zambia is more than just a 7-day, 325+ mile cycling ride.  It's an event created to harness the energy of participants who are inspired to make positive change in the world. 

Participants of this life-changing experience will:

  1. Build community with other globally-minded cyclists,
  2. Learn about and participate in Zambian culture through immersive experiences, and
  3. Raise funds for essential local programs focusing on HIV/AIDS Prevention and Economic Empowerment for Women and Girls in Zambia.

Since 2012, over 110 cyclists have joined us in making Bike Zambia happen, raising over $650,000 in support of these causes.

While in Zambia, participants even have the chance to see those beneficiaries in action. Partner organizations like ZHECT and Grassroot Soccer work locally in Zambia to promote HIV testing, reduce stigma and increase access to treatment. Another trusted partner, World Bicycle Relief, provides bicycles to women and girls so that they have transportation to work and school. The economic health of a country increases as educational and economic opportunities for women and girls are increased, so we are dedicated to supporting this cause to help alleviate poverty in Zambia. 

Over the course of seven days, participants ride from Zambia’s capital city, Lusaka, to Victoria Falls in Livingstone to raise awareness of poverty and HIV/AIDS in Africa. In 2017, participants the ride will begin on June 29 and continue until July 9, 2017. Most participants arrive a day or so earlier and stay a day or so later as time permits.

Bike Zambia is a program of Chooda, a registered 501(c)3 with a vision of personal transformation and global social change. Chooda’s mission is to create transformative experiences for its participants while providing much needed resources abroad. At Chooda, we believe that by advocating for social justice in the world and by contributing a part of ourselves in service to others, we evolve. In this spirit, we create international adventure experiences where participants challenge themselves in a variety of ways (physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally) while having the opportunity to engage with communities for whom they have raised money and awareness and to interact with the local organizations that are working to make such social change possible. Crucial to our vision is the fostering of positive social interactions between our communities in culturally sensitive and mindful ways.

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Our Mission


Our mission is to ride bicycles to empower, sustain, and enrich communities. 

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Our Mission


Our mission is to ride bicycles to empower, sustain, and enrich communities. 

 We realize our mission in a number of ways. 

  • Increasing awareness of the health and wellness programs available to those affected by HIV/AIDS in Zambia
  • Raising funds to support these programs
  • Creating an environment of dignity and improved quality of life for those affected by HIV/AIDS
  • Creating a participatory experience in which all riders and participants contribute to the ride and related events
  • Creating an inclusive community that brings together locals and visitors and encourages passersby to join the ride and the cause
  • Promoting cycling as a means of transportation
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Beneficiaries


We are proud to support the following organizations and help strengthen their activities towards a world free of HIV/AIDS and poverty.

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Beneficiaries


We are proud to support the following organizations and help strengthen their activities towards a world free of HIV/AIDS and poverty.

World Bicycle Relief (WBR) is dedicated to providing access to independence and livelihood through the power of bicycles. For several years now, Bike Zambia is proud to support WBR's Bicycles for Educational Empowerment Program. In 2012, fundraising also supported the STEPS OVC HIV/AIDS caregivers program.

Grassroot Soccer Zambia is an organization that uses the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilize communities to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS. To achieve their mission, the organization continuously improves their innovative HIV prevention and life-skills curriculum, shares their program and concept effectively, and utilizes the popularity of soccer to increase their impact.

Zambia Health Education and Communication Trust (ZHECT) is a non-governmental organization founded in April 2002 aiming to contribute to the improvement of the general wellness and health status of people in Zambia through multifaceted interventions. The mission of ZHECT is to increase in-depth knowledge and translation of HIV/AIDS, expand access to health services, advance quality of service and maximize resources and capacity within ZHECT for service delivery.

Previous Beneficiaries:

Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) helps train medical professionals in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa. The mission of CIDRZ is to improve lives and communities through research, disease prevention and treatment, and HIV/AIDS care.

Sishemo Education Trust is an under-resourced school in Zambia providing food, education, and life skills training to children affected by HIV/AIDS. The foundation works with orphaned and vulnerable children and their parents and guardians, most of whom are single mothers or widowed due to HIV/AIDS.

 

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The Route


Cycling from Lusaka to Livingstone, the ride covers around 400 miles in 7 days, averaging close to 60 miles/day. The route detours from the main roads to allow the team to experience more of the countryside.

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The Route


Cycling from Lusaka to Livingstone, the ride covers around 400 miles in 7 days, averaging close to 60 miles/day. The route detours from the main roads to allow the team to experience more of the countryside.

Get a feel for what it's like to be a Bike Zambia rider by watching our documentary. 

Filmed and edited by Bike Zambia 2012 rider, Brendon Bell.