“[Uuzilo] definitely made me stronger…it was the hardest thing, mentally, physically and emotionally, that I have ever been through — including military service.”
“I don’t know how to express my gratitude to [Uuzilo] for [its] selflessness and willingness to take a stranger...and share this wild adventure and meet people who changed my heart. [Uuzilo] has given me back my song, [singing] it gently to me when I forgot the words.”
- Stephanie, 2018 Uuzilo participant
Uuzilo/oo-zee-lo/: from Oshiwambo (a language of the African nation, Namibia); the place where the sun comes from; [horizon]
Uuzilo is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping those who have experienced a sudden, traumatic and unexpected life-altering event resulting in
post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or profound grief.
Uuzilo enables qualified nominees to travel to Africa where they embark on an intimate, extended motorcycle expedition undertaking an odyssey of personal and geographic discovery. Participants are provided an appropriate motorcycle, safety equipment, and camping supplies, which they operate and maintain throughout their journey creating routine tasks and priorities, fundamental components of trauma recovery.
Through prolonged, intensely focused activity — operating a motorcycle — and daily revelation, participants begin to develop a sense of personal security and control, often lost to those who have endured trauma. Uuzilo offers an experiential recovery enabling participants to feel renewed by living in the moment, healing, and rediscovering oneself while exploring some of the world’s natural wonders: the Namib Desert, Okavango Delta, and Victoria Falls.
The National Institute of Health (NIH) recognizes PTSD affects not only survivors of combat, but also terrorist attacks, natural disasters, serious accidents, assault, abuse, or even sudden and major emotional loss. Uuzilo’s mission is to give those recovering from PTSD, profound grief, and trauma a reason to wake every morning eager to see another sunrise, to see what is over the horizon: “Uuzilo.”
UUZILO IS CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR 2019 EXPEDITIONS