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HEALTHCARE ACCESS FOR THOSE IN NEED


How do you solve a problem like access to healthcare in Africa? We build and bring mobile hospitals to those in need of medical aid. 

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HEALTHCARE ACCESS FOR THOSE IN NEED


How do you solve a problem like access to healthcare in Africa? We build and bring mobile hospitals to those in need of medical aid. 

Help us make a difference.

Donate Now

 

The Problem

Access to healthcare continues to be a serious and widespread problem in developing countries in the sub-Saharan regions of Africa. In Uganda, where rural communities are poor, isolated and up to 10 kilometers away from any healthcare, there are limited ways to transport the sick and the injured.

Our most pressing challenges include:

  • 99% of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries. Maternal death is higher in rural areas and poor communities. (Source: World Health Organization)

  • Almost 70% of children under five years old who die can be treated and survive with proper medical attention.

  • For every maternal death, six mothers will suffer from debilitating and severe health issues as a result of the pregnancy.

The Solution

Rides For Lives bridges impoverished communities to health care facilities with affordable, locally-manufactured and locally-sourced medical vehicles. The Village Ambulance is a covered bed on wheels, configured to attach on the back of a bicycle or motorcycle. Our bicycle ambulance takes advantage of the sub-Saharan landscape with the capability of riding on any road, regardless of conditions. We can safely transport patients long distances, from village to hospital.

Transportation for Expecting Mothers and Healthy Babies

In its first two weeks, a single ambulance placed on the border of Uganda and South Sudan transported 27 expecting mothers to medical facilities. As a result, our nimble practices have helped reduce maternal and infant mortality!

On The Move

Rides For Lives is connecting individuals and communities with access to healthcare, and on the horizon, we are pursuing ways to increase the quality of local healthcare. We have recently developed a Mobile Health Care Unit, which is staffed by medical personnel and travels from village to village serving communities at their doorstep.

 

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Our Story


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Our Story


Rides for Lives Founder Chris Ategeka was born in a small village in western Uganda along with his siblings and extended family. At a young age, he witnessed both his parents die from HIV/AIDS, and his brother who died in the arms of his extended family in an effort to carry him to the nearest healthcare facility.

Despite these tragedies, Chris connected with an organization in Uganda, called Y.E.S. Uganda, where he was able to receive support, opportunity, and an education. Chris showed reverence for education; a sponsoring family from California took notice and gave Chris funding to attend private school and invited him to live with them. Chris attended UC Berkeley, where he received his Bachelors and Masters in mechanical engineering. Using the knowledge he gained, in combination with his childhood experience of growing up in poverty in Uganda, he created Rides For Lives, a non-profit organization with a vision to create a world where every community is empowered to access local healthcare.

 

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Meet The Team


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Meet The Team


Chris Ategeka CEO & Founder Born and raised in the rural villages of Uganda, Chris lost his parents to HIV before the age of 10 and was left in charge of his younger siblings, often without food or shelter. By the grace of a local charity he was able to attend school, and moved to the United States where he received his Bachelors and Masers of Science at University of California Berkeley for mechanical engineering. He founded Rides for Lives, formerly known as CA Bikes, as a class project in 2011.

Chris Ategeka
CEO & Founder

Born and raised in the rural villages of Uganda, Chris lost his parents to HIV before the age of 10 and was left in charge of his younger siblings, often without food or shelter. By the grace of a local charity he was able to attend school, and moved to the United States where he received his Bachelors and Masers of Science at University of California Berkeley for mechanical engineering. He founded Rides for Lives, formerly known as CA Bikes, as a class project in 2011.

Garett Switzer Director of Operations Born and raised in the real Orange County, Garett ditched the surfer life for a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of California Los Angeles. He received a Masters in Public Administration while finishing off in the Peace Corps. He has spent his time in Africa working as a development consultant and an M & E consultant for an HIV/AIDs reduction project before joining the Rides for Lives team.

Garett Switzer
Director of Operations

Born and raised in the real Orange County, Garett ditched the surfer life for a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of California Los Angeles. He received a Masters in Public Administration while finishing off in the Peace Corps. He has spent his time in Africa working as a development consultant and an M & E consultant for an HIV/AIDs reduction project before joining the Rides for Lives team.

Lo Oberrotman Business Development Manager A born and raised New Yorker, Lo still prefers her black clothes to the San Franciscan color. Recently graduating at the top of her class from the State University of New York at Purchase, she is an accomplished digital marketing and film maven, French speaker. She is pleased to have gotten back into the non-profit world with the delightful Rides for Lives team.

Lo Oberrotman

Business Development Manager

A born and raised New Yorker, Lo still prefers her black clothes to the San Franciscan color. Recently graduating at the top of her class from the State University of New York at Purchase, she is an accomplished digital marketing and film maven, French speaker. She is pleased to have gotten back into the non-profit world with the delightful Rides for Lives team.

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Latest News


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Latest News


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How You Can Help


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How You Can Help


The most effective and efficient way to help is to make a donation (it’s tax-deductible!). A direct donation from you will:            

  • Fund the production of a bicycle ambulance, which can serve a village of 2,000 people.

  • Super charge our product development to increase quality of life for thousands in impoverished, rural communities in Southeast Africa.

You can also... 

  • Volunteer. Our volunteers are the backbone of Rides For Lives. From marketing to fundraising, our volunteers are hard at work to boost our platform to a global stage, which we can leverage to highlight current problems, and the solutions to fix them.

  • Spread the word! We understand the power of social media, and you can help spread the word in under a minute by sharing our work on your favorite social media websites!

  • Host a fundraiser! There are various ways you can host a fundraiser for Rides For Lives. From charitable auctions, to black-tie dinners, you have the power to be a creative life-saver. Coordinate with our staff, and let's have an event that    will never be forgotten.