Next Saturday I will be biking through Chicago, IL. When I reach Chicago, I will have surpassed 1,000 miles on a 4,200-miles expected bike tour across the country to raise funds for an agricultural project in Gulu, Uganda.
This cross country bike tour was developed after my friend, Abigail Dietz, was in a car accident last September leaving her with severe traumatic brain injuries.
Currently, Abi is in a rehabilitation center in Philadelphia and has limited cognitive and physical abilities.
Abi and I met in 2006 during our time in the AmeriCorps NCCC Program and became closer when Abi moved to study at Berea College in Central Kentucky. Abi and I both studied Technology of Industrial Arts and wanted to apply our technological skills in small-scale farming in under-sourced communities.
A couple months before Abi's accident, she was studying abroad in Uganda. When she returned, Abi frequently discussed her plans for developing a non-profit that would share designs that address agricultural issues around the world.
It is through her discussions of the non-profit that Abi's friends and family have been inspired to carry out her vision by taking on the projects she hoped to carry out after graduation in May 2013.
The cross country bike tour hopes to fundraise for a Farm Tool Fabrication Center in Gulu Uganda.
For more information check out our website: www.partneringwithabi.org