June '15 Newsletter

June 2015

June's newsletter introduces our new partners and highlights our work with students and corporate groups. To learn more, view our newsletter online.

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New Partners

Madagascar new partner

Rural farmers and health workers in Africa are getting a lift from Bikes for the World as we add three new partners this month. Two containers for Guinea-Bissau and Madagascar will be loaded at our Arlington warehouse and two more for Madagascar and Cameroon, which BfW helped place, will be loaded with sister organizations, Working Bikes and Bicycles for Humanity, Oregon WI.

All three projects will be monitored by Bikes for the World to establish a plan to move forward and continue shipping bikes to support these new-to-us programs.

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New School Added in Philippines

Bikes keep kids in schoolWatch new video showing how our bikes are keeping kids in school and helping them graduate in the Philippines.

A bike can be the difference between an education and needing to drop out of school in remote villages in the Philippines. See how our bikes are helping kids stay in school, get an education, and ultimately graduate.

A shipment of bikes loading on Earth Day 2015 will be heading to a new school project in Fatima National High School on the island of Bohol. This is our fifth school in the Bikes for Education project and our third on the island of Bohol.

New Partner in Morocco

DarnaBfW adds a new partner in 2015. Darna is located in Northern Africa and is our newest beneficiary group.  In April 2015, Bikes for the World shipped its first container of bikes to this Moroccan based group. This pilot effort will mostly serve the youth project, with our bikes being distributed to kids ages 8-15 in Tangier.

Darna runs comprehensive social programs including a youth community house, women's community house, and a teaching farm. The youth and women's houses provide temporary homes for children and women at-risk. They also provide various training programs to help them re-integrate into society.

The Farm School helps encourage agricultural development and a return to the agricultural sector outside of Tangier. The Farm houses 30 children, many boys at-risk. The boys receive agricultural training while there, as well as training in agricultural machinery repair.

The boys at the Farm School will be learning the mechanical skills needed to help refurbish our donated bikes to put them into use for this program. Bikes will be made available to youth living in nearby, low-income apartments to help them get to and from school. Continue reading about Darna and BfW...

This container is being loaded in Arlington Virginia with the help of AmeriCorps NCCC-FEMA Corps and Fletcher Women’s Network of DC.

Girl Scouts Work Toward Bronze Award

 Girl Scout Troop 5740Girls Scout Troop 5740, working toward their Bronze Award, joined Bikes for the World in the warehouse to help load a container for Kenya, Africa.

The girls prepped bikes for shipping and helped load bikes into the container heading to Wheels of Africa. All of the girls have bikes and know how to ride them, but none of them had ever used bike tools before. This experience familiarized them with basic bike parts and tools, making them more comfortable around bikes in general.

Several Dads came out to help mentor the girls and were a big help introducing some of the tools, like pedal wrenches, adjustable wrenches, and the difference between a box wrench and an allen wrench. Before long the girls were taking off pedals and turning handlebars with the Dads watching in the background.

The troop from McKinley Elementary learned about the groups receiving our bikes overseas and the huge impact a bike can have on student or worker in need of affordable transportation.

This team building experience brought the girls together to work hard and make a global difference. While in the warehouse they prepped about 50 bikes and had fun while doing it. They even made a video about the project.

100,000th Bike Finds a New Home

Gerardo 100k bike

Our 100,000th donated bike is helping Gerardo Jesús get to school in Costa rica. Gerardo lives at home with his mother, two brothers and one sister in Tempate, a rural community located in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

He graduated with excellent grades from the elementary school in Tempate. Because of this, his teacher helped him obtain a scholarship at a private bilingual high school. This high school is called Educarte and is located in another community called Tamarindo.

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100,000 Bikes Donated

100k loadBfW has donated over 100,000 bikes changing lives around the world. The importance of recycling and the impact of the bicycle were the focus on November 15, 2014, when we loaded our 100k bike into the container destined for Costa Rica as part of America Recycles Day.

America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. It's an initiative of Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and we were honored to have representative from both KAB and the US EPA on hand during this monumental loading.

The container loading began on Thursday and ended with a celebration and the actual loading of the 100k bike on Saturday November 15, 2014. Valued volunteers and corporate partners took part in this three day event. Events included a bike ride in DC, a presentation by the director of FINCA Costa Rica, where the container is heading, recognizing our Volunteer of the Year, and donations of bikes to four organizations.

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BfW Donates 200 Bikes Locally

Phoenix Bikes donationIn 2014, BfW donated more bikes locally than any other year, a testament to our growing numbers. Over 1,000 bikes donated to BfW stayed here at home serving nine different local groups in 2014. Since our beginning in 2005, BfW has donated about 4% of all collected bikes to local groups.

During our 100k weekend Bikes for the World donated over 200 bikes to three local groups. In the DC area, we support two youth oriented earn-a-bike programs, Phoenix Bikes and Gearing' Up Bicycles. Both groups support our mission by teaching life skills to youth in the DC area.

Beneficiaries are learning how to work as a team in a business setting and earning bikes in the process. Both groups offer valuable after school activities that engage and teach its members. They also do a lot of community outreach, offering group rides and participating in local events. Continue reading about our complementary efforts.

100,000 Bikes Donated

100k sticker

Bikes for the World is donating its 100,000th bike on November 15th and we want you to join us. We have a week of activites planned so please join us for one or more and help us celebrate this milestone together.

Highlights of the week will include the actual loading of the 100k bike as well as a presentation from the recipient partner. We will open our warehouse Thursday through Saturday so drop by just to check out the operation. OR grab a pedal wrench or a bike and help us with the loading. You can also drop off a bike any time the warehouse is open.

This container will be donated to FINCA Costa Rica. Bikes for the World has partnered with this organization since we formed in 2005. Since that time we have donated over 20,000 bikes to rural communities scattered around Costa Rica. Director of FINCA Costa Rica, Luis Jimenez will join us this week in Arlington. He will participate in the loading at our warehouse and give a presentation Friday evening explaining how our bikes are changing lives in Costa Rica.

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BfW Visits El Salvador

Keith in El SalvadorTraining bike mechanics in El Salvador helps support CESTA's main mission by refurbishing bikes and promoting cycling as a means of viable transportation as well as protecting the environment.

Eco-Bici is the repair shop operated through CESTA where disadvantaged youths congregate and learn skills from how to tune a bicycle to how to overhaul and true a wheel. The internship offered to these budding mechanics gives them a safe place to learn and hone their skills, away from the dangerous street life where gangs threaten many small businesses.

Bikes for the World visited CESTA in September 2014 and we sat down with some of the interns working in the program. We also visited the shop and met with several local vendors who receive our donated bikes.

In additional to running the Eco-Bici project, CESTA also works strongly to improve the quality of life in harmony with the environment. The bicycle project complements this mission while working to keep youths uninvolved with gangs. Learn more about Eco-Bici and how our bikes are supporting this important project in El Salvador.

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