“You are our only voice and hope,” said Oumda.
Oumda was speaking on behalf of the refugees in his isolated camp in Eastern Chad. By “you” he was referring to all of you who support i-ACT’s efforts. Talk about a responsibility. I felt the weight on my shoulders increase that very moment. To hear this was humbling to say the absolute least and a reminder of the critical role we play.
This was said many months ago, but this quote continues to be timely. And I’m sharing it now because we have just started the month long Tour de Goz Amer fundraiser as a means to get individuals like you from around the country to join refugees from Darfur in a bicycle ride; away from violence and towards peace. Funds raised through the Tour support education for the children of refugee camp Goz Amer – where Oumda lives.
But the Tour is more than just about raising money. It is also a vehicle to amplify the voices of the refugees. To amplify the voice of Oumda. The more of you who ride, the more the voices, messages and needs of the refugees will be shared, heard and hopefully met.
Register to ride. Start spinning your wheels for peace and for the amplification of the refugees’ voices. Set your goal, reach out to friends, co-workers and family for per-mile-pledges. And guess what!? Oumda will be there, helping us manage the Tour de Goz Amer bike race in his camp this Fall. By joining and riding for per-mile-pledges, you’ll be showing Oumda that his voice is being amplified and carried by people in the U.S.
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