Just a quick note to share a milestone we've all been working towards. After a few (expected) hurdles, and a long morning of assembling bikes (with plenty of local help!) , the first group of the 200 bikes are being given away this afternoon in Patongo. Uganda. None of this would be possible without the many Sponsors and supporters who have helped us along the way.
In the next few weeks, we'll start posting some pictures and media online so you can get a better sense of the place, the people, and the difference we hope to make. Internet connections in Northern Uganda are sparse and slow, so we'll need to wait for Dan and Jared to return to Kampala in a few days; but I have been able to speak with them regularly by cell phone to get updates and help with coordination.
Please note that we are continuing to accept donations and sponsorships in any amount through the same link on the website at 88bikes.com. If you know others who wanted to participate but didn't get to sponsor a bike before the holidays, or if you want to make an additional donation, now is a great time. All future donations to GYPA made through this link will go to support the bike effort at Patongo, including keeping the bikes tuned up and in good repair; paying for bike mechanics to work with the kids and show them how to maintain the bikes; spare parts; and other resources needed to make the project an ongoing success.