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Published on Nov 19, 2012
Can a Northern California student and engineer help his fellow Ugandans? Christopher Ategeka will tell you through his personal experience that the answer is an emphatic "yes."
Christopher Ategeka is the founder and managing director of CA Bikes. Chris was born and raised in a small village in western Uganda. After losing both his parents to AIDS by the age of seven, he experienced years of hardship, striving to complete his studies and take care of his five younger siblings. Through YES Uganda, a non- profit organization, and sponsorship by an American host family, Chris was given the opportunity to move to California to enroll in school at the University of California, Berkeley. Chris graduated with highest honors in Mechanical Engineering.
Chris' organization, CA Bikes, designs, manufactures and delivers high quality, life saving two wheel and three wheel products to African families, farmers, business persons, and individuals with disabilities. By harnessing the most unusual of raw materials, scrap piles, used metal, and other locally sourced recycled materials, CA Bikes' engineering team makes products that save lives.