Sunday, June 15, 2014

Himalayan Children's Foundations MTB Skills Training Day.

Kids are not only super cool and good fun to hang out with, but they are also the leaders of our future.

We went to the Himalayan Children’s Foundation on Saturday with Mr Al Seaton from Wheelie Cool Mountain Biking to teach the kids there something about mountain biking skills, looking after bikes and safety whilst riding. The Kailash Children’s home is situated near to Sundarijal and offers a safe haven for orphaned and disadvantaged kids from remote areas of Nepal where their opportunities in life are very limited.

The Foundation strives to provide a safe home, an education and a bright future for the kids. Part of that bright future for some of the children could be in the mountain biking field. Himalayan Single Track is working in conjunction with the foundation to set up some kind of long term vocational training for a few of the kids so perhaps they can enter into the tourism or mountain biking industry.

Thanks to a generous donor the Foundation was able to purchase several bikes for the kids, but that is just the beginning. We are also trying to set up a long term project “Ride to Donate” where tourist, bike clubs and fellow riders can donate used bike parts, helmets and clothing to these kids to keep them on the bikes and keep them pedaling into a bright future.

We cannot say enough words about how inspiring these kids are and what a great day we had with them on Saturday. Bikes are a great leveler when it comes to culture barriers, cast and life situations. A bike makes kids happy and puts them all on the same level. It’s awesome to see shy kids become happy and inspired about riding bikes….and even better to see naturally skilled kids helping their lesser skilled brothers and sisters at the Home.

Nothing expresses pure and simple happiness like putting kids on bikes.

For more information about “Ride to Donate”, please send us an email.


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