French cyclists travel through Kazakhstan to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities

NUR-SULTAN – A couple of French travelers, Émilie and Davy Sanchis, recently came to Aktau as part of their world cycling tour, which aims to promote the inclusion of people with Down syndrome and other disabilities through sport, reported the French Embassy in Kazakhstan.

Sanchis traveled to certain regions of France as part of their project. Photo credit: akimat (municipal administration) of the city of Aktau. Click to see full size map

Davy and Émilie Sanchis led the Bike Up and Down cycling project, which was launched to support children with Down syndrome. They started their world tour last June.

Sanchis came to Aktau at the end of May. During their visit, they visited the Nazarbayev Intellectual School (INS) and the Caspian University of Technology and Engineering named after Sh. Yessenov to present their project.

“We have more opportunities to connect with people through our bike tour. As we were on our way, people stopped us and invited us to their homes for tea and meals. We want to be closer to people to understand them better,” said Émilie.

Sanchis near the Bozzhyra Gorge in the Mangystau region, where the city of Aktau is located. Photo credit: akimat of the city of Aktau (city administration)

To date, Sanchis has visited 11 countries, including France, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan.

“We participated in sports competitions with people with intellectual disabilities, organized picnics with associations, visited specialized institutions and homes, where people with disabilities live as well as inclusive restaurants, hotels and social farms”, travelers said.