Karamoja.org is about telling the incredible story of the people and helping locally owned business's like the Karamoja Safari Lodge and Kara-Tunga grow, by giving tour operators a strategic partner and a highly skilled ground handler in the region to help them open up and grow this incredible new tourism market.
8 years ago when we and the Bicycles for Humanity team brought 4,000 bicycles to Karamoja, as the cattle wars were ending, we knew that this was one of the truly incredible places on earth. What struck us most was the incredible beauty of the region and it's people and how important it was to help protect their culture and heritage.
At that time, there were no roads in the region, no electricity and few business's operating, but you could feel change happening. We and the people of the region knew that from this point forward, Karamoja would , Lead Africa Forward . This was a big dream and an even bigger goal, but today, we are well on our way to helping make this happen.
Karamoja.org is about helping market, promote and share the wisdom of the region, while empowering the people to develop the skills, solutions and services to lead, not only in Africa but in a global economy. High value efficient models win and scale and with the internet reaching all corners of the planet, mobile technology coming down in price and increasing in power, we knew that the opportunity was there to protect the culture, empower the people and build new and exciting business's, while empowering the people to lead.
The 4000 bicycles became many successful and growing Bicycle Empowerment Centres. We followed that with the rollout of the iEmpowerment, free education for all, program across the region, allowing all access to better education and opportunity. Next Kara-Tunga a cultural tour and arts company was started, employing all local people and this is growing like crazy. With incredible parks like Kidepo Valley National Park in the region. With the roads to the region improving, Paul Sherwen Classic Safari's, was formed with the simple goal of bringing the world to this incredible region and having the local people show the world the place they love and want to protect. Now tourists, can easily drive to Murchison Park in 5 hours, spend a few days, then 6 hours to Kidepo Valley, followed by 3 days in Karamoja to enjoy the incredible beauty and culture , then back to Kampala. As a tour operator, we believe this is an incredible opportunity to grow your business and intriduce your clients to a new and exciting part of Africa.
Where everyone saw failure and marginalized people, we saw incredible opportunity and talent, with a work ethic and a skill set unmatched in Uganda or Africa. We are now helping build a tourism training school and soon, we will be building and supporting world class internet technologies, all from Karamoja. As a tour operator or tour packager, a new market like this, a solid highly skilled ground handling team and world class events and facilities and you have the recipe for success and a new opportunity for your clients.
Our goal is simple, to show the world what is possible and to empower the people of Karamoja, to Lead Africa Forward. Grassroots models do work and at Karamoja.org, we are incorporating all we have learned deploying a new model of Grassroots Development that engages all who call Karamoja home and all who care about the region and it's people.
Best of all, it will inspire your clients to not only see an incredible part of Africa and to interact with the local people, but they will learn new skills and models of development if they are interested, they can take to other parts of the world.