Last spring, I met a group of 4 cyclists planning a 35 day epic adventure from coast to coast across the US. Their goal was to cycle over 100 miles a day, resting only one day a week, in order to raise awareness and funds for the poor and needy in Burundi, Africa. I decided it would be awesome to tag along and film their journey.
Simon Guillebaud, the leader of the team, has given most of his life to serving the needy in Burundi, Africa, one of the poorest countries in the world. The nation has gone through a great amount of hardship, including genocide, crime, corruption, conflict over land, and food shortages. In 2011, the country recorded it’s per capita GDP at $200, which is less than I make for a 1 hour photo shoot. Over the course of his work, Simon has established a non-profit organization, Great Lakes Outreach, which has done tremendous things for the people of Burundi. Much of the work focuses on leadership training and equipping the people with tools to become self-sufficient through education and business opportunity. [read & watch]