About Love Does:
India – Bob Goff founded Love Does in 2004 after a trip to India in which he witnessed atrocious human rights violations being committed against women and girls. Since then, we have rescued and rehabilitated minor girls forced into prostitution, led investigations into brothels and slave-labor camps, and brought the perpetrators committing these crimes to justice.
Uganda – We expanded our work with sexually abused and exploited girls to Uganda in 2006, where we currently have two safehouses. Once released, the girls are placed in quality aftercare homes. Each girl receives professional counseling, and we follow up on the criminal cases until violators are brought to justice.
Uganda – What started as a handful of students in a one-room school-house is now Restore Leadership Academy, a boarding school with over 300 students and 35 teachers in Gulu, Uganda. The school provides a family-like setting for many children without families or support, and students attend at a reduced or free rate through Restore’s scholarship program, Engage.
Iraq – Love Does’s English Language School is an after-school program for 70 low-income or orphaned students who would otherwise be spending their afternoons running around in the streets. In the middle of a war-torn area, we provide a safe, nurturing place for these students to grow, thrive, and have the opportunity to
Nepal – For the last few years, we’ve been dreaming of opening an orphanage in Kathmandu, Nepal. Nepal ranks high on the list of most impoverished countries, and the existence of a caste system makes life difficult for many. We wanted to open a home for young, orphaned girls to actually experience what it’s like to be welcomed into a family and loved like one as well.
In September of this 2014, these dreams became a reality! We opened the Love Does Nepal Orphanage, which is now home to five incredible little girls. Throughout the year we will continue to bring in more girls until we have a family of 10! At the orphanage, the girls receive quality healthcare, clothing, food, and shelter, and attend a private school nearby. Learn more about these programs.
About the Ride:
The team will start in the beachside town of Monterey, California, and make their way down the remote and breathtaking coastal hills (and mountains!) of Big Sur National Park. Coastal weather is decidedly extreme: one day they'll watch the sunrise in their warmest rain gear; the next, you’ll be jumping off cliffs into the temperate Pacific Ocean or hidden coastal waterfalls. There’s bound to be long, challenging days in the saddle (including one day of 115 miles and over 5,000 feet of elevation gain!), but the whimsical, sunny, joyous spirit of the cyclists will make them forget the pains and challenges upon each day’s end.
After navigating crazy Los Angeles, enjoying the hospitality of our partners down the coast, and spending nearly every evening at the beach, the team will finish by riding our bikes off Bob Goff’s dock into the intracoastal waterway in San Diego and celebrate our 500 mile journey together.
And as the cyclists meet their fundraising goal prior to departing, and while meeting with local churches and community members along the way, they’ll inspire your community to actively engage with you in the redemptive and beautiful story of justice and hope that God is writing right here, and right now, through the Restore International’s social justice, education, and rescue programs around the world.