Pat has spent 40 years in starting and growing technology companies. His first love is cycling and wanting to help others, he started Bicycles for Humanity www.bicycles-for-humanity.org that has since turned into a global grassroots movement and delivered over 200 Bicycle Empowerment Centres to 11 African countries with a total of almost 155,000 bicycles. Pat understood the power and the value of Education, Healthcare and Empowerment . He founded iEmpowerment to help the people of Karamoja and all of Africa take the next steps to a better life through the deployment of technology. Pat was deeply moved by the people of Karamoja, their determination and desire for a better life for all . He along with Paul Sherwen have now created www.karamoja.org with the simple goal of working wth the people of Karamoja to not only grow programs like kara-tunga.com but to share with all the incredible power of learning through the Ekokwa program. lastly, we hope to bring the sport of cycling to the region thanks to David Kinjah and the incredible Safari Simbaz team.
Many of you know Paul as the voice of the Tour De France, what you might not know is that Paul grew up in Eastern Uganda and spent his summers in Karamoja. Paul cares deeply for the people and with his strong African business background and skills, he is an integral part of our Bicycles for Humanity and Karamoja team's. Next to cycling Karamoja is Paul's first love and in the coming years, Paul hopes to lead tours and cycling events to Karamoja to share this incredible region with others.
When Thian Hundert and I first visited Karamoja, we knew that the only way we could succeed was to build strong relationships with the local people, make them a part of the program and allow them to implement the program how they felt best. Being a volunteer movement, we had learned the power of letting go and trusting that we would find others that shared our vision, dreams and aspirations. This model has worked incredibly well for us at B4H, www.bicycles-for-humanity.org and we believed it would work well grow new cycling programs in the region and in East Africa with the Safari Simba. The initial success with the bike program has now given us a platform and a very strong team in the region capable of supporting the rollout of the iEmpowerment Program www.empowerment.org and to provide valuable, sales, support , training and implementation services. Having proved in both a model to grow bikes and now education, healthcare and opportunity for the people, we have decided to focus in and join those in Karamoja who are growing new business's in Karamojong. We hope you join Paul, Monty, and I on this incredible journey, hand in hand with the incredible people of Karamoja.