8 years ago when we and the Bicycles for Humanity team brought 4,000 bicycles to Karamoja, as the cattle wars were ending, we knew that this was one of the truly incredible places on earth. What struck us most was the incredible beauty of the region and it's people and how important it was to protect their culture and heritage.
At that time, there were no roads in the region, no electricity and little business's operating, but you could feel change happening. We and the people of the region knew that from this point forward, Karamoja would , Lead Africa Forward . This was a big dream and an even bigger goal, but today, we are well on our way to making this happen.
Karamoja.org is about helping the people develop the skills, solutions and services to lead, not only in Africa but in a global economy. High value efficient models win and scale and with the internet reaching all corners of the planet, mobile technology coming down in price and increasing in power, we knew that the opportunity was there to protect the culture, empower the people and build new and exciting business's, while empowering the people to lead.
The 4000 bicycles became many successful and growing Bicycle Empowerment Centres. We followed that with the rollout of the iEmpowerment program across the region, allowing all access to better education and opportunity. Next Kara-Tunga a cultural tour and arts company was started, employing all local people and this is growing like crazy. With incredible parks like Kidepo in the region, we started Paul Sherwen Classic Safari's with the simple goal of bringing the world to this incredible region and having the local people show the world the place they love and want to protect.
Where everyone saw failure and marginalized people, we saw incredible opportunity and talent, with a work ethic and a skillset unmatched in Uganda. We are now building a tourism training school and soon, we will be building and supporting world class internet technologies, all from Karamoja.
Our goal is simple, to show the world what is possible and to empower the people of Karamoja, to Lead Africa Forward. Grassroots models do work and at Karamoja.org, we are incorporating all we have learned deploying grassroots models into a new model of Grassroots Development that engages all who call Karamoja home and all who care about the region and it's people.