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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Mobilizing Heath Care

healthcare AfricaBikes help transfer patients quicker, help transport and distribute drugs needed to treat disease, and allow nurses to cover more sparsely populated areas where the sick are often neglected.

Distance to medical clincs, poor roads, and lack of transportation contribute to poor health choices for many rural Africans. Fewer than 50% of Africans have access to modern medical facilities.Many young mothers choose to sacrifice natal care because of the challenges associated with trying to travel the long distances to clincs.

Traveling nurses often cite long commutes and low pay as the main reason for leaving the medical field. Many rural clinics rely on these qualified health care workers to administer care and monitor illnesses that threaten their communities. When a nurse quits the position, the clinic is forced to close.

Bringing bikes to these affected areas is helping keep those clinics open. Bikes help nurses travel the long distances from their homes, to the clincs, and also to the patients who live the furthest away. Read more about how Bikes for the World supports projects that focus on delivering a health care system that informs and protects an entire community. 

BfW Expansion in NY

Helping young girl to ride in Sierra LeoneBfW shipped its first container from our new New York storage location earlier this month. Working closely with longtime partner Village Bicycle Project, BfW arranged to ship a mixed container of bikes and parts to Sierra Leone to help the program regroup after nearly a year's pause. View photos of this joint effort online.

Village Bicycle Project (VBP) operates in Ghana and Sierra Leone. About five years ago VBP set up a Learn 2 Ride program in Sierra Leone to help students stay in school. VBP focused on education to help rebuild this country after Civil War. But last year the project shut down during the worst of the Ebola outbreak.  VBP resumed this project this summer and our recent mixed parts container will help reboot this effort. Read more about who this project helps.

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Sierra Leone Update

L2R Karim"Twenty five girls at two schools in Lunsar have learned to ride recently in our program there," reported Karim Kamara, Learn 2 Ride (L2R) instructor, back in July 2015. This program is run through BfW partner Village Bicycle Project which operates in Ghana and Sierra Leone. This marked an important step in the program as they got back on their feet after nearly a year of being closed.

Last year the Learn 2 Ride programs and bike library, which loans bicycles to students for school, shut down during the height of the Ebola outbreak. Bike donations from abroad to Sierra Leone halted. Maintenance classes within the country stopped.

Bike riding, however, increased.

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