The Karamojong Way
The existing model of development, NGO's coming to areas like Karamoja, bringing their programs and outside staff and programs foreign to the people and telling the local people they are not smart enough, or they have to follow the outside approach is dead wrong. The problem was, there was not a new model that would replace this older model of development. Early on, elders in Karamoja pointed this out. they talked of outside NGO's coming with programs, the people's hopes and dreams perked up and then, the NGO's would leave, looking for other projects that had funding and leaving the people with nothing, but broken dreams. When we started bringing bikes to Karamoja, we decided with elders that never again would local people be disappointed. We believed our grassroots bike model could scale and cross over to a new community development model.
To do this, meant a shift in thinking, it meant that instead of outsiders leading the path forward , local people would take that responsibility to teach, train and implement programs, employing local people and inspiring others to to the same. With leadership within the region, they could now empower all who visited the region to join then in delivering a new model of empowerment to the people. We have implemented this across all of our tourism programs and we are proud to say that we are 100% owned and operated by local Karamojong community members. it is our goal in the future to share this new model with all communities globally and for all tourists who join us , we are equally keen to share our model with them.
In a globally connected world, technology plays a very important role in delivering high value services, attracting clients, tourists and opportunity globally, while taking out the inefficient layers of bureaucracy and ineptness. This one shift is the key to development in a global society, high value efficient models win and in Karamoja, we simply decided that we would lead in all aspects of development and in doing so, not only create a new model, but in time have a model that we could share with other developing communities, who wanted to create a better life and greater opportunity for their people.
Karamoja, Leading Africa Forward is a big goal and one that we are well on our way to achieving. The model is very simple, and we are keen to share it with all globally, just as we are keen to share our iEmpowerment program on the memory stick and on the internet with all globally. In addition to being a resource for all, Karamoja.org, will also be a platform for learning, sharing and exchanging ideas on a new Grassroots model of development.
Kara Tunga and Paul Sherwen Classic Safari's are grounded in the belief that local people can lead the way and that technology is an enabler to empower all, tourists as well as the local community members. We encourage you to come, visit and learn our new model and as a Tour Operator, your clients will not only have an incredible experience, but they will also learn new skills that will empower them to change lives globally.
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