Help 'Brake' the Cycle of Poverty in Uganda

April 11, 2019

Have you ever thought you could educate children in Africa by riding a bicycle or hiking? A group of United Methodist cyclists and hikers have challenged themselves to do just that, and all California-Nevada UM churches are invited along for the ride.

The Kumi Benefit Ride/Hike (KBR) is a joint mission venture, spearheaded by Oakland Chinese Community United Methodist Church, Castro Valley UMC, and Wayside UMC to raise funds for Kumi Christian Visionary School (KCVS) in Uganda. The primary school, born of faith-inspired dreams, opened in 2014 and now is in its fifth year of operation, serving more than 150 of the most vulnerable children in the village. Aeri Lee, the missioner who makes yearly visits to Uganda, has led three Volunteers in Mission (VIM) trips in support of the school. Past rides have funded two dormitories and purchased additional land and perimeter security fencing. This year, the goal is to bring electricity and reliable water systems to the school.

How to meet that need? … Why not try bicycles?

On June 1st, cyclists will start in Castro Valley and ride 33 or 43 miles, and hikers will walk up to 6.5 miles at beautiful Lake Chabot, to raise funds. You can support the mission by registering or donating through Youth and Child Visionary Ministries at

Participants will get prizes, awards, and a scrumptious meal at the celebration lunch that day. All UM churches are invited to join in and help get the word out to their congregations, small groups, youth groups, and United Methodist Women’s and Men’s chapters, and to encourage them to reach out to their personal contacts via email or social media.

We hope you will be excited to be a part of this grassroots project and make an impact on a village where the average household earns less than $2 per day. Donations will be accepted through July 30, 2019, so there is ample time for your church to pray, dream, and plan about partnering with us.

To learn more about the project, email the KBR planning team at

Together we can “Brake” the Cycle of Poverty.