Bikes for Education

Philippine studentsYour donated bikes are keeping kids in school in the Philippines. The Department of Education recognizes the importance of a bicycle as transportation to school

Bikes for the Philippines signed an MOU with DepEd making a partnership to deliver bikes to deserving student-beneficiaries throughout the Philippines official. DepEd is helping BfP identify and reach students in remote, rural areas.

BfP started in 2010 under the supervision of Joel Uichico. The initial project was started in Bohol at Baclayon National High School. This year they are expanding into Maribojoc. 50 bikes were also recently delivered to students on the island of Cebu.

Through this partnership Uichico hopes to be able to expand the project to more islands, reaching more students, and lowering the national drop-out rate in schools.

 

International Partners Update

Ability Bikes Cooperative in GhanaBikes for the World ships to a new partner in Ghana called Ability Bikes. This group was established by sister organization Bikes Not Bombs and has received bikes placed by BfW through Working Bikes in Chicago.

Meanwhile, a spring shipment of BfW bikes arrived in Ghana through partner Village Bicycle Project (VBP). The bikes were used for a training program in Ghana's Upper East Region.

Watch our container being unloaded by VBP in Ghana last May.

Check out a photo album of Ability Bikes Cooperative and meet the mechanics refurbishing your old bikes.

Local Programs

Bikes for Tykes, Teens, and AdultsBikes for the World supported several domestic projects through the DICK'S Sporting Goods promotional bikes. In the DC area, Fairfax's own Bikes for Tykes, Teens, and Adults in need received about 50 of the 18" wheel bikes we try not to send overseas.

We also diverted a couple containers coming in from DICK'S to two of our sister organizations, Working Bikes in Chicago and St. Louis Bicycle Works. Both programs ship bikes to the same overseas partners as Bikes for the World, in addition to running local shops that serve their communities.

St. Louis Bicycle Works runs a very successful earn-a-bike program teaching area youth as well as a bike repair workshop in the federal penitentiary.

New Partner in St. Louis

bworks for webBikes for the World is in St. Louis! Meet our newest partner St. Louis Bicycle Works, who just shipped their first container, with guidance and placement from Bikes for the World.

Bicycle Works has been around longer than BfW, but mainly as an Earn-a-Bike program for youth in St. Louis. They are part of a larger group called BWorks which also sponsors an earn-a-computer program and create-a-book program.

Bicycle Works has been working with Working Bikes for the past five years supplying bikes for shipments out of Chicago. With the help of a scout collecting bikes for BfW in Kentucky, we jump started a shipment earlier this year that was finally loaded this weekend and will be sent to BfW partner CESTA in El Salvador.

Keep reading about St. Louis Bicycle Works and the unique program they started at Marion Federal Penetentiary teaching inmates bike mechanics.

TERRIFIC Kids

terrific 13We gave away 38 bikes to students who participated in the City of Rockville's TERRIFIC program this year. Student's were required to complete a series of at least six good deeds to earn a bike. Receipents received a certificate from the Mayor of Rockville, a bike from Bikes for the World, and a helmet courtesy of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue.

Several kids who earned bikes brought their old one's they had outgrown along with them and donated them to Bikes for the World. One girl in particular, who had recently gotten a new bike, completed the TERRIFIC program and immediately donated her earned bike back into the program.

Read more about how the city's program is teaching kids a life lesson that stands to change lives.

Cool Schools

Fairview DadsBikes for the world is going back to school! Just last week alone we were at Fairview Elementary in Fairfax Station VA, Glenwood Middle School in Glenwood MD, Appomattox Regional Governor's School, in Petersburg VA, Wootton High School in Potomac MD, and this week Wolftrap Elementary. Between the schools we collected over 300 bikes that will help people in need get to work or school.

Wednesday May 8th is National Bike to School day. In Vienna VA they declare the whole week a Bike/Walk Challenge and encourage all students to come to school on their own power. Bikes for the World was invited as a guest rider to join Wolfie's Bike Train at Wolftrap Elementary.

Outreach Coordinator, Yvette Hess, joined the kids in their ride to school. "It's a lot like when I rode to school with our beneficiaries in the Philippines. In fact, as these kids grow into bigger bikes, they may donate these very bikes to our program and help kids in another country get to school. How cool is that?"

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Scout Support

Senthil Kannan EagleOn April 28, 2013 Senthil Kannan of troop 1983 was awarded the prestigious Eagle scout rank. Senthil completed his Eagle scout project with Bikes for the World last fall at REI Fairfax. He collected over 75 bikes, managed a group of about 20, and oversaw the financial aspect and coordination of the entire event.

Several other scouts in troop 1983 became aware of Bikes for the World and showed interest in working on a similar project with BfW in the future. We hope to invite the troop out to Pentagon City this summer for a loading.

 

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El Salvador Loading

Greenwood School 2013Bikes for the World started April with a loading at King Farm. The Stone Ridge Crew we work with twice a month started the loading on Wednesday, getting about half the container loaded.

Thursday we were met at the barn by a group we worked with a few years ago from Vermont. The Greenwood School arranges for students to complete a series of community service projects before they go home for spring break and we were lucky enough to have them with us this year.

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Lastest Shipment- Ghana

Meet Up VA Ghana
Many thanks to the Howard Gardner School and Meet Up Virginia the two groups who joined us March 15 & 16 for a container loading for Ghana.

We finished up this latest load destined for the Village Bicycle Project in Ghana on Saturday March 16th. With the help of both of these groups, Bikes for the World was able to load over 450 bikes bringing our total to 73,873 bikes shipped to date.

 

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Volunteer Calendar

Volunteer Opportunities

Looking to volunteer with Bikes for the World? Whether it's a collection, loading, event, or volunteer night we want you to join us. Check for times and locations that best suit your schedule and contact us to sign up or for more information.

office(at)bikesfortheworld.org

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