September 12, 2019

2019: Day 4 – Riding for Odako Anidi Village

Life in Odako Anidi: Aberash’s Story At 27 years old, Aberash Tonsisa and her husband are raising three children under the age of seven. Most days, in the rush and worry of things, Aberash feels as though a thousands pounds sits on her shoulders. Although far less than a thousands pounds, the weight of two…

September 12, 2019

2019: Day 3 Ride Video – Sodo Chefae

Day 3 is done! The Wheels 4 Water team biked Vail Pass and Loveland Pass. It was a very hard ride, Sarah unfortunately injured her knee and had to take time to rest mid morning. There was a bit of hail and sleet coming up Loveland Pass but we pushed through. We finished in the…

September 12, 2019

2019: Day 3 – Riding for Sodo Chefae Village

Life in Sodo Chefae: Lamitu’s Story Fear is a common feeling in Lamitu’s household. When the youngest children fall ill, fear washes over her. When things get serious, fear rises to Lamitu’s chest, making breathing burdensome. But, the mother of five has great courage, and she always finds a way to act in the face…

September 11, 2019

2019: Day 2 Ride Video – Riding for Chefae Anidi Village

Day 2 is done! We rode 96 miles towards the final three big climbs, as the day got hot we were looking for something to cool us down, we were fortunate to have water available to us when we needed it. Today and tomorrow will be challenging :flushed: But we are honored to do this…

September 11, 2019

2019: Day 2 – Riding for Chefae Anidi Village

Life in Chefae Anidi: Mamo’s Story Almaz lay in bed when we arrived to meet her family. A thin blanket lay over the mother of three, and the edges of her mouth pulled into a frown. “I worry for our kids that they will be affected by the disease,” her husband, Mamo, said. “We are…

September 10, 2019

2019: Day 1 Ride Video – Chilaka Huleti Village

Day 1: The team took off from Leadville to Aspen, Colorado. On the way they climbed through Independence Pass which tops out at 12,095 feet. It was beautiful, chilly and challenging day fighting a headwind all the way up. But nothing compared to the walk Bekelech and her daughters take three times a day for…

September 09, 2019

2019: Day 1 – Riding for Chilaka Huleti Village

Life in Chilaka Huleti: Bekelech’s Story Neither Bekelech nor her husband, Damise, have ever gone to school in their lives. They grew up in rural Ethiopia, where survival took precedence over education, and survival was a full-time endeavor. Today, Bekelech and Damise raise their five children in Chilaka Huleti village. Three times a day, Bekelech…