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Silicon Valley is not only about creating billionaires, it is also about people who are dedicated to make this world a better place!

Today we met two amazing and inspiring entrepreneurs: Chris Ategeka and Tomas Alvarez, who are changing the lives of many people through their work. With their stories they definitely touched our hearts.


Chris Ategeka – talking about his personal journey from extrem poverty in Uganda to graduating from Berkely School of Engineering.

Saving lives under extreme conditions


Ashoka Fellow Chris Ategeka is the founder and CEO of Rides for Lives, which connects individuals and communities in rural Uganda to critical health and education services by building and coordinating the distribution of locally made transport vehicles, such as wheelchairs, bicycles and motorcycle ambulances. There are many people living in poverty in rural Uganda; dirt roads, dry conditions and long distances between villages as well as scarce health care facilities challenge access to critical health and education services. Rides for Lives manufactures high quality transport vehicles which are designed, assembled, and distributed locally with local conditions and resources in mind. Unlike imported items, Rides for Lives products can take a beating: they can be baked by the sun, pounded by the rain, dragged over huge potholes and rocky surfaces, and still remain standing. These products help individuals in rural Uganda access dispensaries, clinics and hospitals many miles away from their villages.

Former social worker Tomas Alvarez and his love for Hip Hop keeps many teenagers ultimately out of jail.

The healing powers of beats and rhymes


Ashoka Fellow Tomas Alvarez III is the founder of Beats Rhymes & Life (and more recently of the Institute for Hip Hop Therapy). He has developed a new model of mental health therapy that has systemic implications for how we reach, engage, and heal young people with mental health needs. The cornerstone of Beats, Rhymes and Life is a therapeutic activity group which reinvents how mental health services are designed and delivered for communities of color and other marginalized groups. These so-called TAGs combine teaching artists, trained clinicians and peer mentors to guide a process of creative expression and music/art development, all within a therapeutic setting. This unique combination is more effective at attracting youth in the first place because it incorporates therapeutic components to avenues already reaching young people. In addition it sheds the pathology framework for a more empathetic youth-led framework that is ultimately about providing young people with the tools for self-care and resilience in the face of episodic trauma. Having developed the programmatic model in Oakland, CA Tomas is now setting out to spread the practice of hip hop therapy across the U.S. and the globe. 

Links:
More about Christopher:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGfipDSd5s8

More about Tomas:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNavHWM3fBY

 

 

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