Have you ever thought you could help build a school in Africa?
On June 1st, 2019 I have the unique challenge of hiking or cycling to support a Primary School in the village of Kumi, Uganda. Born from the dreams of a visionary young man named Silver Omakenyi, this amazing school was realized through a partnership with Chinese Community United Methodist Church (CCUMC) of Oakland. The school opened in 2014, and seven classrooms now serve over 350 students, many of them orphans who would otherwise not have access to a quality education. The villagers are mainly subsistence farmers trying to live on $1-2/day.
I will be part of a group of hikers and cyclists who are fundraising for Kumi Christian Visionary School (KCVS). The school has a long list of capital needs that continues to grow: running water, electricity, tree planting, playground equipment, water well repair, entrance road, textbooks, desks, soccer balls, window panes - the list goes on. I’m hoping you will want to join me in this effort. Any amount you donate goes a long way to helping the school realize its goals. Learn more at the website: www.ycvm.org. I hope you will consider supporting the Kumi Benefit Hike/Ride and making a difference for the children of Kumi!
As an added incentive, all donations received by event day will be matched dollar-for-dollar!
2019 Kumi Benefit Ride
Chinese Community United Methodist Church in Oakland, CA has been partnering in mission with villagers in Kumi, Uganda, to build and launch a 7-classroom school, Kumi Christian Visionary School (KCVS). Today, more than 350 eager students are being served, most of them from families who subsist on less than $2/day. The school has a long list of capital needs that continues to grow: running water, electricity, tree planting, playground equipment, water well repair, entrance road, textbooks, desks, soccer balls, window panes - the list goes on . But where will the money come from?
The answer is BIKE RIDING! There will be 2 routes, 32 and 43 miles, beginning and ending at Castro Valley United Methodist Church. And to engage the whole community, a 7-mile HIKE to Lake Chabot is an option.
This year’s fundraising will go towards the long list of capital needs. You can help us meet this goal by making your donations through event day, when funds will be matched dollar-for-dollar!!
The construction of Kumi Christian Visionary School (Uganda) began in 2007, with the dream of
providing a quality education to the vulnerable children in the village of Kumi, many who were orphaned
by civil wars and the AIDS epidemic. Funded completely by U.S. donors with a passion to make a
difference, swampland was transformed into a school facility with 7 classrooms, lavatories, and a
kitchen. The school opened its doors in 2014, and now serves about 350 students in grades Nursery-7th grade.
The Annual Kumi Benefit Ride began in 2016, and for the past three years, has raised funds to build 2
dormitories and shower facilities, construct a playground and provide fencing. This year’s goal is to raise
$20,000 for several capital projects, including bringing electricity to the school, a rain water harvesting
system, and connection to the municipal water source. Excitement builds as each year brings us closer
to providing a brighter future for hundreds of children. We thank all our participants and supporters for
working alongside the people of Kumi to “Break the Cycle of Poverty.”