April '15 Newsletter

April 2015

April is Earth Month and we celebrate with two special loadings. We add a new partner in Morocco and will ship bikes to students that were collected and loaded by students... To learn more, view our newsletter online.

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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.

March '15 Newsletter

March 2015

March's newsletter brings updates from many partners receiving winter shipments of bikes. Panama brings us video. Costa Rica, Ghana, and Kenya photos. To check out this new media , view our newsletter online.

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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.

Keith Oberg JHU '77 Honored

Keith Oberg receiving JHU award, with wife Jessica Mott,  JHU SAIS re Margaret Frondorf, and classmate (JHU SAIS '77)  Chris Webster.Keith Oberg receiving JHU award, with wife Jessica Mott, Margaret Frondorf JHU SAIS, and classmate Chris Webster (JHU SAIS '77) .

Bikes for the World's executive director, Keith Oberg, was recently honored for his "extraordinary humanitarian service", as the recipient of Johns Hopkins University's 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award. A 1977 graduate of JHU's School of Advanced International Studies, Keith accepted the award on behalf of the Bikes for the World community-- volunteers and staff--who have built the organization over the last decade. For this reason, the JHU medal will enjoy a prominent place in the Bikes for the World office in Arlington.

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February '15 Newsletter

February Newsletter

February introduced us to several bike beneficiaries including the recipient of the 100k bike. To meet Gerardo, Modesto, and Rápido, view our newsletter online.

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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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January '15 Newsletter

January 2015

January brings a new year and a new classification at BfW. We are introducing our 100k Club for Collection sites that have collected 1,000 bikes or more. To find out which groups are included, view our newsletter online.

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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.

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