B4H Cycling Academy was founded by the team that founded Bicycles for Humanity as a way to begin to help all develop the skills to not only grow and support the flow of bikes to the developing world, but to assist all with access to better education , healthcare and opportunity. We understand that achieving success in any field takes effort and determination. For those that put the effort in building and delivering the programs and others that successfully complete the respective course, a global support network is there to mentor and empower all to a better life.
Over many years of business development and experience in Africa, the founders recognized that for Africans to be successful a model was required that would empower them so that they could take charge of their own well being. Sending money is not the answer, rolling up your sleeves and working closely with the people of the developing world, who understand how things work here is the answer. It's not easy, new skills need to be learned by all, but when it comes together, it is powerful and good for all.
Bicycles for Humanity is about providing the gift of mobility to so many in need and then helping to deliver the skills to create great teams to manage our expanding network of BEC's, Bicycle Empowerment Centres and SEC's, Skills Empowerment Centres across Africa and to empower all in their communities. We are a volunteer led movement globally and we always will be, our people are our strength and as a movement we are happy to share our model and skills with all. Together, we can not only make a difference with the gift of mobility, but also in many other areas of education, healthcare and opportunity. There are many great organizations collecting bikes globally and they all struggle with finding and building strong relationships with developing world partners and communities. This program is intended to assist any and every person with every organization globally who believes that the gift of mobility a bicycle provides can make a difference.
Pat Montani Founder
Pat is a serial technology entrepreneur with several very successful ventures in telecommunications and multi-media. Pat was a founder of IP V Gateways Inc., the world's Foremost Video Security & Transport Performance Expert company, which was acquired by Strategic Products and Services in 2015 and several other successful high tech companies in telecommunications and multi-media. Pat founded Bicycles for Humanity (www.bicycles-for-humanity.org) which has delivered a total of over 160,000 bicycles, to 13 countries, in sub-Saharan Africa and trained technicians to maintain the Bicycles. Built on this base, local communities have built self-sustained, local businesses maintaining and selling bicycles. This experience has provided Pat with tremendous insight into how to empower the people of rural Africa. At our core we are grassroots and it always will be.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can
change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead
"In order to change an existing paradigm you do not struggle to try and change the problematic model. You create a new model and make the old one obsolete.That, in essence, is the higher service to which we are all being called." ~ Buckminster Fuller ~
Born in Brazil and based in Montreal, Flavio is a graphic designer since 1998. It was his passion for bikes and his desire to help others that made him discover Bicycles for Humanity, where he works as a volunteer graphic designer since 2011. Now he's part of the Be Positive team and is responsible for marketing and communications. He believes well-intentioned people can change the world and will continue to work to be one of them.