Growth and Expansion

Cumberland Rotary Club and Western MD WheelmenOne weekend, seven collections, 705 bikes! It seems like only last week we were bragging about our biggest collection weekend of the year (it was April 30th to be exact)...but we just knocked that weekend out of that top spot with three very strong collections stretching from western Maryland to Baltimore to Apex, North Carolina.

This year the Cumberland Rotary Club and the Western Maryland Wheelmen braved the rain and braced for a lower turn out at their annual bike collection with BfW. No such thing. They exceeded expectations and collected well over 100 bikes, almost overfilling our rented Penske truck again (they did it once before a couple years ago). Veteran driver Phil Ruth, overcame his own obstacles to help fit all those bikes in the truck before returing to our Arlington VA warehouse. Bungees save the day! Read more about that record weekend...

Also the weekend of May 21st, BfW welcomed new collection partner The Peak United Methodist Church in North Carolina. This collection (also over 100 bikes) really helped ramp up our collection efforts in the Carolinas where we hope to ship a container by the end of the year. Find out more about that Carolina effort on our blog.

May '16 Newsletter

May 2016The biggest collection weekend of the year included three brand new elementary schools and our top collector of all times. To find out who that is....read the May newsletter!

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April '16 Newsletter

April newsOur spring collection season started out strong with the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek collecting 539 bikes in one event! This newsletter also brings an update from our education project in the Philippines. Read more here.

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Bikes To Honor James McMullen

RLSAAArt students in the Philippines are now commuting to school on bike. Your old bikes are helping students get to school faster and in some cases allowing them to stay enrolled in school. This program with the Regional Lead School of the Arts in Angono (RLSAA) is the first school in the Bikes for Education project through Bikes for the Philippines on the main island group, Luzon, in the Philippines.

Operating a bike project in a country made up of thousands of small islands is a logistical challenge. There are three main island groups in the Philippines: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. With our latest shipment to the Philippines your old bikes are now serving school districts in all three areas. Continue reading on how Bikes for the Philippines is making this happen...

Bikes for the World would like to acknowledge and thank supporter Betty Scott, who chose Bikes for the World as the beneficiary to honor her late husband James McMullen. McMullen died last May and when Betty found out about our work in the Philippines, where her husband worked in the Peace Corps, she knew this would be something he would want to support.

This container arrived last July and was named in honor of James McMullen. Students enrolled at RLSAA received bikes from this shipment. More bikes are being repaired now and delivered to about a dozen more schools in the Philippines. Generous donations in memory of McMullen will help fund the next two shipments to this program.

March '16 Newsletter

March 2016March Madness is upon us and we thought we'd have a little fun with it. Check out our special Bike Madness Bracket where we will track sources of bikes and create a little fun competition in the process.

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February '16 Newsletter

february 2016In El Salvador our bikes are introducing students to another way of life. This edition looks at how bikes are helping schools teach solutions to issues from the center city to the rural west coast.

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Teaching To Thrive

CESTA Streets

In the fall of 2014, Bikes for the World visited El Salvador to evaluate the progress of bike beneficiary partner CESTA, the El Salvadoran Center for Appropriate Technology. In 2015, CESTA became one of our largest recipients of donated bikes for the year.

During our visit in 2014, we dropped into CESTA in San Marcos where they receive our bikes and train mechanics in the workshop. We also interviewed several interns, several key bike beneficiaries, and visited a couple schools to learn more about growing up in El Salvador.

Keep reading to find out more about our visit, the schools involved, and the change CESTA is making using your old bikes...

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January '16 Newsletter

January 2016Another great year at Bikes for the World in 2015, and we owe a great deal of thanks to YOU our donors, volunteers, and supporters for that success. Check out how YOU helped thousands of people around the world get a 'wheel ahead' in our year end review.

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2015 Accomplishments

Latino OutdoorsBikes for the World grew in quantity and quality in 2015. Numbers-wise, we expanded collections in the home Washington DC-Baltimore region. We also established satellite efforts in Pittsburgh, Charleston SC, and New York (Long Island), and shipped our first container from NY in October.

But we also focused on getting better at what we do. Improving the quality and value of bikes shipped, increasing the volume and value of spare parts included in each shipment, and obtaining good feedback from our partners were priorities.

We expanded our reach to four new partners, all in Africa: Morocco, Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar, and Cameroon. These new projects will help farmers produce and market more, health care workers to visit the sick and prevent illness, and students to attend school and study more.

Our bike collections, loading, and opportunities at our Northern Virginia warehouse brought families, friends, colleagues, and strangers together in service. By opening our doors to younger volunteers this year we enabled families to serve together, building strong relationships while making a global humanitarian and environmental impact.

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December '15 Newsletter

December 2015Mobilizing health care workers in rural Africa can be the difference between life and death for many poor Africans. In this edition we take a look at how your old bikes are delivering life saving information, care, and needed medications around the world.

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