2013 Year-In-Review

2013 snapshot thumb2013 was a great year for Bikes for the World. We shipped over 13,500 bikes to a dozen partners around the world. We met new volunteers and donors and reconnected with some groups we've worked with for years. We asked them questions that ranged from why they donate to what they get out of the experience.

We also added a few new bike beneficiary partners this past year in countries we currently serve as well as a few new countries. We also asked them similar questions. We heard from new bike owners, individuals who gained employment because of the bike program, and people behind the scenes of those organizations.

To learn more about the work we've done locally and overseas, please check out our 2013 Snapshot. 

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Recycle Bicycle

Recycle Bicycle HarrisburgRecycle Bicycle in Harrisburg is a community run bike shop that recycles hundreds of bikes in Harrisburg and neighboring counties.

Recycle Bicycle recently opened their shop to Bikes for the World, took us to their overflowing parts room and encouraged us to fill our buckets. Nothing was off limits, in fact we were instructed to take anything we needed as long as we left 'something' on the shelf.

We left with a truck load of brakes, derailleurs, wheels, handlebars, forks, even a few bikes. Most of these parts will be included in our next shipment to Village Bicycle Project in Ghana where they will be used to keep our donated bikes in good working condition.

Find out more about Recycle Bicycle in Harrisburg.

A Promising New Partnership


Bikes For Honduras  thru Gildan Bikes for the World has partnered with Gildan Activewear in an effort to bring bikes to Honduras.

Bikes for the World hopes to send its first container of bikes to our newest partner, Fundacion Adelante in Honduras by the end of the year. This project will be made possible in part thanks to the support of our newest corporate partner, Gildan Activewear, whose Branded Apparel division headquarters are based out of South Carolina.

This means the bulk of the bikes collected will come from the Carolinas, both North and South, under the supervision and guidance of Bikes for the World in our effort to expand nationally. Honduras was chosen as the recipient country due to the presence of Gildan factories in that country.

 

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Bikes for the World Goes To Mozambique

Hirabai ChildFund International
ChildFund International joined forces with Bikes for the World to help supply bicycles to students in Mozambique as part of their Dream Bikes project initiative in several countries around the world. BfW shipped an initial container of 500 bikes to Mozambique in September 2013.

Hirabai, seen here, received her Atlas bicycle through ChildFund International in India. This bike is helping Hirabai traverse the long, dangerous road to school. She has dreams of becoming a police officer once she graduates from college.

Keeping kids in school is one of the most productive investments that a society can make. Recognizing this premise, Bikes for the World provides students at risk of dropping out the means - in the form of a bicycle - to arrive at school on time, refreshed, and with time savings, thus enabling them to study more, do chores at home, and stay in school.

Read more on The Power of a Girl and Her Bike.

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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