The Alem Foundation has a mission to provide opportunities to underprivileged children of Ghana. This project seeks to raise awareness by getting para-cyclist, Alem, to Rio in 2016 - but we need your help! Read project description
By getting #Alem2Rio2016, the Alem Foundation aims at raising awareness and support for its mission, that is to provide opportunities to the young underprivileged children of Ghana and to change negative perceptions towards people with physical disabilities.
Alem's life challenges and achievements have enabled him to build a legacy that has already changed many people's perceptions and inspired younger generations.
Competing in Rio will allow him to become an even greater source of inspiration for disabled and marginalised children in Ghana and around the world and it will allow him to build an even stronger community of dedicated supporters for the Foundation.
Alem developed Poliomyelitis at the age of two. As a result of this, he lost the use of his right leg; he crawled for nine years until he eventually learnt to walk with the help of a wooden stick.
Born into a peasant family, his parents decided to use their farming profits to give Alem access to education and hopefully to a brighter future.
As a teenager, Alem’s talent was endless, learning to swim and play soccer with the Ghanaian National Amputee Soccer Team. Alem also learnt to ride a bicycle to help speed up his long daily journey to school, and so his passion for cycling began! Alem has decided to use his talent for cycling as a vehicle to help change the negative perceptions towards disability in Ghana and to inspire a new generation of disabled athletes.
The Alem Foundation started with establishing a grassroots pre-primary education program. We adopted underprivileged village children from Old Akradi Village Akasombo, teaching them their A-B-C’s, 1-2-3’s
Alem qualified for the London Paralympic Games 2012. Unfortunately, his dreams are shattered in London - Alem contracted chickenpox days before his race.
26 children were selected to have full scholarships to attend primary and secondary education at their local school in Akasombo, Ghana. These scholarships covered their school fees, books, uniforms and exam fees.
Venyenue (aged 5) has the first round of life-changing surgery to save her leg from osteomyelitis.
Alem gains a 2nd World Ranking in C2 Paracycling
Venyenue has her second round of surgery. Her leg is saved and she is cured of osteomyelitis!
Alem begins his journey to Rio 2016 competing in UCI World Championships in Segovia, Spain and Greenville, USA. He competes valiantly, performing well considering he was riding an old GIANT road bike with only 2 gears! This highlighted the need for a new bike.
Today, due to a lack of personal or government funding and the consequent inability to compete in events, Alem has slipped from his 2nd place ranking. He is now ranked 19th in the world in his C2 class.
With 2 years to go until Rio 2016, Alem is motivated to re-claim a top 5 ranking and win the first ever Paralympic medal for Ghana!
To qualify for the 2016 Paralympics, Alem needs to compete in six qualifying events around the world over the next 18 months.
These competitions will give him an opportunity to improve his world ranking and continue his inspiring Paralympic journey.
You can support Alem on his journey in a number of ways! First and foremost we're looking for financial contributions, as funds will allow Alem to train and compete in all the global qualifying events.
You can simply donate out of goodwill, or you can select one of the great rewards we have on offer in the column to the right.
Additionally we're looking for a number of volunteers to help us along the journey.
So no matter where you’re based in the world, if you think you can lend a hand, please hit the volunteer button above!
Lastly, we'd love you to promote the project by hitting the 'promoter' button.
This leads you through to a page that allows you to share the project easily with all your friends across multiple different channels.
Spreading the word is key to the overall success of this project!
The WTO estimates approximately 7-10% of the Ghanaians are physically, visually or hearing impaired. That is approximately 2 million people! People with disabilities in Ghana are often viewed as unproductive and an economic burden on the family and society at large.
Coupled with an already low GNI per capita, being disabled means many are stuck in a vicious cycle of poverty.
Now national movements like the Ghana Federation of the Disabled along with international bodies like VSO and Basic Needs are building awareness and implementing programs to ensure the disabled people of Ghana can survive and prosper. Alem hopes to build upon these slowly changing perceptions and give hope to those with disabilities in Ghana.
This project will receive large amounts of local and national press coverage, making it an extremely appealing opportunity for corporate sponsorship.
Alem as an individual is a great brand ambassador, and this is your chance to partner with him to make the journey to Rio more achievable!
Every company that sponsors this project will have their logo appear on the kriticalmass page, with the top 5 sponsors appearing towards the top. Additionally, all sponsors will have a ‘thank you’ project update written about them that will be sent out to all those that have engaged with the campaign.
Above and beyond the logo exposure benefits, we have a number of great rewards for organizations that want to help us get to Rio! These range from having Alex and Alem talk at a company event, through to logo placement on Alem’s kit throughout his journey to the games. All these rewards can be viewed and claimed in the ‘sponsor rewards’ column to the right.
By companies kindly giving us goods and services, we are able to significantly lower the costs of getting to Rio, making our whole project far more achievable. What’s more, in-kind sponsorship may also enable us to use the latest and greatest equipment – equipment that we otherwise would never have been able to afford! So if you’re company would like to help us on our journey, we are after the following things:
Update #7: 17/12/14 10:31 PM
Update #6: 14/12/14 06:46 PM
Hitting the ground rolling in San Diego, Alem had a busy 6 weeks ahead of him whilst touring the USA. Basing himself at Emmanuel Eboah's (close friend, mentor and hero) house in San Diego, he spent much of his time training, competing and speaking around the country.
A huge thanks to all that helped him on his journey!!!
Straight back to Ghana he did not have a chance to rest with much needed to be done with his local village. He may as well as be sponsored by Energiser this man. He just keeps going and going and going......
Alem spent a lot of time in the saddle!
CAF Fundraiser Ride - a gruelling 2 day 220 mile ride for CAF which in turn raised money for disabled athletes. Fantastic turnout by all with most capitalising on the extra training for the UCI Paracycling Championship.
UCI Paracycling Championships, Greenville USA - Alem rode gallantly in the Road Race and Time Trial to earn important points for his world ranking. Fortunate for him he was lent a fully-working bike after his wheels got stuck in Ghana!
Featured on Forbes Interview as part of #Enpolionow
Alem visited and inspired children at the Center For Science Education and Orthapedic Centre in Salt Lake City.
Visited 5 clubs during his Rotary Association roadshow -,raising $500. Big thanks to all who supported!!
We are so proud that Alem was voted best speaker at theToastmasters Champion in Utah!
Back in Ghana, Alem hit the ground running!
Alem also helped vaccinate 50 children against Polio!
We have now paid for 85 children from Akosombo to have National Health Insurance, which is fantastic news!
2 new scholarships have recently been offered to Korsorko Johnson and Martin Annor Blessev. Martin now has the opportunity to pursue his dreams to be a lawyer!
If you want to get behind these heroes check out the rewards section!
We have more children in need urgent medical care and other children waiting for scholarships. Check out Facebook for on-going updates!!!!
Update #5: 17/08/14 12:34 PM
Update #4: 12/08/14 06:42 PM
We've been super busy. It's been exciting times for the Alem Foundation. Here are just some of the highlights!
Alem competed in Spain at the UCI World Cup. Placing 17th and earning much needed competition points, Alem tussled with the worlds best on his warn out machine in 35 degrees heat in Segovia. Didn't help having only 2 operating gears on the bike!! Thanks to all that helped him out! Click here for a race review with Alem!
Wheel of Misfortune was a huge success with over £1000 pounds raised on the day. All who partook in the gruelling 45 minutes of random exercises dictated by the spin of the bottle.The team busted out 120 burpees, 170 jump lunges, 110 squats, 85 pull ups and many more. We salute you!! Great way to get fit for a worthy cause.
You helped fund life-saving surgery for a beautiful young girl named Venuyne. She suffers Ostomyelitis which she caught when she was 1 1/2 years old. If it wasn't for Alem's and Alex's hardwork in 2012 she would have died. Now completing the 2nd round of surgery, she is expecting to make a full recovery. With your help we have already saved and changed a little girls life!!
We're excited to see Alem provide his story about being a Polio sufferer as part of Rotary International's End Polio Now campaign. Contracting Polio at the age of 2 and crawling for 8 years didn't stop our Alem pursuing his dreams! Read his story here - http://www.endpolio.org/stories/posts/meet-alem-mumuni/#shortcut
Next stop USA World Championships 25th August- 1st September wishing Alem all the best! #Alem2Rio2016
We will keep you updated!
Update #3: 07/07/14 08:24 PM
Alem fans we have been overwhelmed by the support you have shown so far! We have had some awesome in-kind and monetary donations which are making this dream a reality!
Alem is super excited with new parts fitted to his bike. He is now ready for the 1st qualifying event in Segovia, Spain. He is cranking up training in pursuit of chasing down the top 10 WC Rankings! He is riding 200km+ and smashing the gym 2-3 times each week....we are so proud of him!
Special thanks to Exeter Bike Shed and Pearsons Cycles who provided the much needed cycling parts and even a new steering system to keep him on track for his big event
The 2nd qualifying event is fast approaching. This event in Grenville, USA is crucial for Alem to cement his world rankings in 2014. Sadly he is unranked at the moment. Any help in getting him some wings there or a pad to crash would be amazing!
Off the bike, Alem is busy teaching the local kids their ABC's or in this case, human anatomy! All good preparation for our next phase - develop a school/care centre to support these kids.
Update #2: 10/06/14 10:52 PM
41 day to go!
Alem is gearing up for the 1st qualifying event in Segovia, Spain! The Alem foundation has been overwhelemd with the intrest and support from around the globe.
We are super excited that Alem now has some wings to get to spain along with his visa and vital insurance. We have just flown out some essential spare bike parts as Alem has been grinding his gears and burning rubber. With these amazing donations Spain is becoming a huge success, edging Alem closer and closer to his Paralympic dream.
Some more fantastic news with Alem becoming an advocate for the #endpolionow campaign being driven by Rotary International.
Alem showing his support for #thisclose #endpolionow
We are greatly appreciative of Devin Thorpe for reaching out and opening doors to the association. We are excited to be part of such a powerful movemet in the global effort to end polio. We are truely grateful for their support!! Click here to learn more about this inspiring movement - http://www.endpolio.org/
Update #1: 02/06/14 10:59 PM
A big THANK YOU for all the support you have shown in becoming part of Alem's Journey to Rio 2016.
So this week has been an exciting one!
We are quickly approaching the first Milestone - on the 25th July 2014 Alem will compete at his first qualifying event- The UCI Paracycling World Cup in Segovia Spain.
This event is key to his qualification process, giving him vital points to climb back up the world rankings. We need to get Alem back up to into the TOP 5, due to his recent slip to 19th due to a lack of funding. We know he has the talent, in 2013 he was ranked 2nd in the world. Without this competition Alem will continue to fall in the rankings and so will his chances of getting to Rio.
The team are busy planning his trip and need more support to get Alem to this crucial qualifying event.
Check out the rewards below. There are various different way you can contribute. We'd love your support!
The Alem Foundation seeks to provide opportunities to the young underprivileged children of Ghana. Born from the drive and passion of Alem Mumuni - Ghana's 1st ever Paralympic cyclist - the Foundation began in 2012 whilst Alem was training in Akasombo. Alem set up a small day school between his training sessions to educate the peasant farming children who couldn’t afford the local government school fees.
Alexandra Main, a young British coach, was captivated by Alem’s humility and passion. Through various entrepreneurial initiatives, Alex and Alem raised enough money to fund 27 children for their entire primary and secondary education. Equipment and stationary was also sourced to ensure the village had the basic infrastructure to provide on-going education and social support.
Alem and Alex have ambitious plans for the Foundation’s future. They are determined to build a daycare centre in Ghana to develop pre-primary education and health care for infants, giving them a fair start in life and access to the opportunities that every child deserves.