January '17 Newsletter

January 2017 newsWe took at look back at 2016 and found many amazing accomplishments from our community led collections to our partners overseas to our loyal shop partners who collected thousands of bikes for us over the past year. We are truly stronger together and could not have affected the lives we did last year without YOU. Check out our newsletter and year in review here.

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2016 Snapshot

2016 Snapshot

Looking back at 2016 Bikes for the World broke many records and we didn't have to look far. It was YOU that made 2016 a year to remember. Our community led collection events brought in more bikes than ever before. Not only that, but those community events also brought in more bikes than all our other sources.


Take a look at our 2016 Snapshot to see all of our accomplishments here and abroad.

Namibia Update

Walvis Bay

BENN has helped establish more than 30 bike shops in Namibia. These shops are independently operated by local people, who are connected with grassroots partner organizations and have been trained in bicycle mechanics and business skills.

The shops sell second hand bicycles sourced from groups like Bikes for the World. The sustainable bike businesses benefit local community projects in fields like HIV/AIDS outreach, orphan care, disability support and vocational training for former prostitutes.

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December '16 Newsletter

december 16Our bikes have arrived in Costa Rica and we have more on the way to the Philippines and Ghana. Just as our container arrived in Costa Rica, Hurricane Otto slammed into Upala. Find out how this impacted our shipment and how we plan to help.

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November '16 Newsletter

November 16Our second container of bikes has arrived in Madagascar. These bikes will help stock a rural bike shop known as an eBox. Find out more about where that idea came from and how it is helping save lives. Hint, it's another BfW partner located in Namibia.

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October '16 Newsletter

October 16 blastIn Madagascar, your old bikes are helping to bring jobs and health care to rural communities in Menabe. This month a second container of bikes, from BfW, will arrive in Miandrivazo where they will supply the local co-op eBox. This month we took at look at how an eBox works...

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September '16 Newsletter

September 2016This year we partnered with a dozen local scout troops to help collect and deliver bikes around the world. Eleven scouts completed their Eagle Projects with us this in 2016, collecting over 1,000 bikes between them! Find out how some of those bikes are helping bring better health care to Madagascar in this month's newsletter.

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Rolling Out Health Care in Madagascar

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Madagascar, the fourth largest island in the world, is also one of the world's poorest countries. 80% of the population lives in rural areas with difficult access to most services. In Madagascar, as in many other countries, the remote communities living in poverty are the most vulnerable segment of society. The availability of health services is extremely limited, leading to high rates of infant, child, and maternal mortality. In addition, 65% of the population does not have access to safe drinking water and sanitation.

The USAID-funded Madagascar Community-Based Integrated Health Project, known locally as MAHEFA, is focused on providing basic, quality health care to isolated populations in six north and northwestern regions of Madagascar (DIANA, SAVA, Sofia, Menabe, Boeny and Melaky).

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Gold Volunteers

Ledecky volunteerKatie Ledecky, US five time Olympic Gold Medal winner, is a proud BfW alum having volunteered for two years through the Social Impact program at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart. Katie helped load and prep many bikes over her two year tenure while running off to the pool to train and break world records.

When asked what it was like to work with Katie (now that everyone seems to know who she is) we simply agreed she is Impelled To Act. Katie, as well as every Stone Ridge girl who has come through our warehouse before and after is a stand out role model, especially to our younger volunteers who look up to these women. Twice a month they roll up their sleeves and smear grease across their painted fingernails...proving they are just as strong and smart as any boy without giving up an ounce of 'girl'.

Read more about this program and how Katie Ledecky left her mark on Bikes for the World.

August '16 Newsletter

August 2016Group rides build confidence. And confidence makes better riders. This month we take a look at how our partners overseas are dealing with some of the issues they have keeping their riders safe. Find out how Kenya, Costa Rica, and El Salvador are using community rides to bring confidence to their streets.

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