Hi My name is Pat Montani and along with my friend Paul Sherwen, who many of you know me as the voice of the Tour de France in the English speaking world, we founded Bicycles for Humanity, too provide the gift of mobility to the people of Africa. In the last 14 years our volunteer, chapter lead, grassroots movement has delivered over 155,000 bicycles, while teaching the people how to manage, maintain and support the Bicycle Empowerment Centre Initiative.
Empowerment is the key to a better life for all in Africa, we also believe that a bicycle and a smart phone are the game changers and to meet the need for better education, healthcare and opportunity, we founded iEmpowerment and iEmpowermentuniversity to provide added learning, skills development and access to opportunity.
What most in the cycling world might not know is that Paul grew up in Eastern Uganda and spent his summers in Karamoja. 6 years ago, we brought our bicycle program and the iEmpowerment program to Karamoja. Karamoja is a place we love and we want to help the people of the region develop and grow in ways that they believe are right to protect the cultural heritage and people of this incredible region.
As the developed world comes to Karamoja, supporting, assisting and helping the Karamojong , understand change and create opportunity that they feel are best for them is very important to us and we now many others out there globally as well. To this end, we have established karamoja.org as a place where all with a business there or are interested in Karamoja can come together, learn of other projects and people with an interest in the region. We hope that by sharing ideas, network, and opportunities, together we can help Karamoja and it's incredible people.
Please join us on this journey and invite and share with us others who's heart is in Karamoja.
Paul Sherwen and Pat Montani