MAHEFA- Madagascar

bike beneficiary

Madagascar, the fourth largest island in the world, is also one of the world's poorest countries. 80% of the population lives in rural areas with difficult access to most services. In Madagascar, as in many other countries, the remote communities living in poverty are the most vulnerable segment of society. The availability of health services is extremely limited, leading to high rates of infant, child, and maternal mortality. In addition, 65% of the population does not have access to safe drinking water and sanitation.

The USAID-funded Madagascar Community-Based Integrated Health Project, known locally as MAHEFA, is focused on providing basic, quality health care to isolated populations in six north and northwestern regions of Madagascar (DIANA, SAVA, Sofia, Menabe, Boeny and Melaky).

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Request Bikes

Can your organization use a large number of used bicycles to further its employment, education, or health care, or other mission?

Bikes for the World welcomes requests from serious, professional non-profit organizations in Central and South America, the Caribbean, Africa, and the Asian-Pacific region.

A typical donation consists of approximately 450-525 used bicycles plus an assortment of spare parts, arriving in a 40' shipping container. The types of bikes are mixed and include 26'' mountain bikes, 24'' mountain bikes, 700c road bikes, 700c hybrids, 20'' children's bikes, and 16'' and smaller baby bikes. Bikes for the World does its best to meet requests for particular combinations of these types to best suit the partner's needs.

The bikes are shipped semi-disassembled and will therefore require assembly upon arrival. As they are used, many will often require some repair or refurbishing. Bikes for the World works to send as high a quality of bikes and parts as possible to increase the value of the shipment.

While the bikes and parts are donated at no cost, successful applicants will be expected to cover the cost of shipping (usually US$3,000 to US$10,000, depending on country) as well as any local costs such as taxes, customs fees, and local inland trucking to their storage site.

Please note, Bikes for the World does not provide any grant funding.

See our Partner FAQ page and our How to Apply page to learn more about requesting a shipment of bikes for your organization.

Salvadoran Center for Appropriate Technology

Mission

CESTA RosaTo promote environmentally sustainable and socially equitable transportation operating a bicycle import, repair, and sales workshop. 

Background

The Salvadoran Center for Appropriate Technology (CESTA) was founded in 1980 by a group of academics to protect this Central American nation's increasingly fragile environment.  CESTA broke new ground, not only because it was one of El Salvador's first NGO's and environmental advocates, but because it was created and functioned reasonably un-molested during the civil war which polarized the country and killed thousands over more than a decade.  CESTA combined research and advocacy on environmental issues, with practical initiatives promoting environmentally sustainable and socially equitable development.  One such initiative was the import and reconditioning of used bicycles, for distribution at low cost to low-income workers, students, farmers, and laborers for access to work and school.  

CESTA continues to function as an advocate and a communicator in diverse environmental areas.  Its grassroots contacts in rural communities enables it to monitor environmental crimes and "sound the alarm" at the national level, through the media and public sector agencies.  Its founder and director, Ricardo Navarro, is a recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize for CESTA's work protecting El Salvador's natural resources and the communities which depend on them.  It is a member of Friends of the Earth International.

Impact

CESTA's bicycle business, known as Eco-bici, promotes the bicycle as a mode of transport for all.  Over more than 20 years, it has received more than 25,000 donated bicycles from overseas.  Bikes for the World began donating bikes in 2012 and has provided 970 bicycles to date.  

Inside CESTA's huge bike workshop, located in San Marcos, a suburb of the capital city of San Salvador, employees and apprentices recondition donated bikes, repair bikes brought in by customers, sell bikes, teach bike maintenance and bike-building for free to at-risk urban youth.  After receiving training, many of their students gain employment as bike mechanics or even establish their own bikeshops in their communities.  In the past, the center also developed bicycle-powered grain milling machinery, a pilot effort that has been spun off as a private business operated by a former student. 

Proceeds of the shop support CESTA's advocacy on environmental issues, and core administrative expenses.

Beneficiaries

CESTA Antonio

Antonio

Antonio used to work in the packing industry but became unemployed after developing a disability that prevented him from performing the heavy manual labor required for the job. Now Antonio buys bikes from CESTA and repairs them himself. He currently sells the refurbished bikes in front of a friend's store, but hopes to have his own shop soon. He has been selling bikes for several years and supplements sales with bike maintenance work.

 

CESTA Erik

Erick

Erick is a Salvadoran military verteran who lost his leg in the war and now suffers from PTSD. His disabilities have made it difficult for him to find stable work and he drifted between several jobs before finding CESTA. They provided him with the training he needed to learn all aspects of bike mechanics and now he even completes the challending task of building wheels.

Because of his new-found expertise, he was given the added responsibility of quality control and helping younger interns with more challenging repairs. Erick has found stability and acceptance at CESTA and his new role working and mentoring with the interns has become one of  his favorite things about his job.

CESTA water meters

Jose and Rosa Hernandez
in connection with CESTA, El Salvador

Through the efforts of a Peace Corps volunteer this family, along with 70 other families of Los Limones, will receive clean accessible water through a 'potable water mission'.

Bikes for the World shipped old donated water meters in a container of bikes that went to partner Salvadoran Center for Appropriate Technology in 2012. Those meters are being installed and used to deliver water to homes that used to 'borrow' water from neighbors. Continue reading how we deliver more than just bikes.

Partner FAQ

Learn more about becoming a partner and receiving a shipment of bikes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can be a Bikes for the World partner?
What do partners receive?
Will Bikes for the World provide funding to my organization?
What are the requirements of partners?
What is covered in the shipping fee?
When would I need to pay?
How are the bikes sent?
What is the quality and condition of the bikes?
What are the reporting requirements for partners?
What kind of organizations/projects have you sent bikes to in the past?
How many shipments can an organization receive?
How does an organization apply?
What time of the year do you accept applications?
Still have other questions about partnerships?

Who can be a Bikes for the World partner?

Organizations in Central and South America, the Caribbean, Africa, and the Asian-Pacific region that:

  • Have a non-sectarian mission and vision tailored to a specific and demonstrable community need that can be addressed at least in part by the use of bicycles
  • Have at least one program that has been functioning for a year or more, focused on improving the lives of low-income or otherwise disadvantaged citizens, with documented results
  • Have the financial capacity to pay for the expenses of shipping the bicycles from the Bikes for the World warehouse in the United States to the proposed project site
  • Have a full time Executive Director
  • Are recognized by national law as not-for-profit
  • Have reputable third-party references (preferably international)
  • Have a demonstrated willingness and ability to collaborate with other community groups, regardless of religious, ethnic, political, or socio-economic affiliation.

What do partners receive?

Approximately 450-525 used bikes PLUS used bike parts. The types of bikes are mixed and include 26'' mountain bikes, 24'' mountain bikes, 700c road bikes, 700c hybrids, 20'' children's bikes, and 16'' and smaller baby bikes. Bikes for the World does its best to meet requests for particular combinations of these types to best suit the partner's needs. Occasionally other requests (for sewing machines, crutches, wheelchairs) can be accommodated on a case-by-case basis.

Bikes for the World can at times also make purchases of new bicycle-related items on behalf of the receiving partner to include in the shipment. Such purchases would be approved on a case-by-case basis and full payment would be expected.

Requests for fewer than 450-525 bikes cannot generally be granted due to higher unit shipping costs.

Will Bikes for the World provide funding to my organization?

Bikes for the World does not provide grants or cash funding to organizations. Our support consists of in-kind products and services -- the donation of valuable used bicycles, spare parts, and on occasion special items, and partial funding of shipping for qualifying partners.

What are the requirements of partners?

Partners need to:

  • Cover the cost of shipping from the US to its destination (usually US$3,000-US$10,000, depending on the country) – the bikes and parts are free
  • Manage the logistics from port to the point of distribution, which may require customs fees/taxes, access to secure storage facilities, and/or transportation for project materials
  • Re-assemble and recondition/repair the bikes
  • Negotiate and sign a Memorandum of Understanding clarifying mutual responsibilities
  • Provide periodic reporting (see the reporting requirements below for more details)

What is covered in the shipping fee?

The shipping fee covers U.S. inland trucking, ocean freight, the freight forwarder fee, the courier of documents (if needed), any miscellaneous fees charged by the shipper, as well as any additional items purchased and included by Bikes for the World at the request of the receiving partner.

It does NOT cover inland trucking in the country of destination from the port to the partner's site, customs fees, local taxes, storage in the destination country, or other expenses that may occur once the shipment has arrived in country. The receiving partner will be responsible for arranging and paying these costs separately.

When would I need to pay?

For first-time shipments, Bikes for the World typically requests payment in advance. Subsequent shipments will normally be invoiced at the time of loading. Flexible payment options may be discussed on a case-by-case basis. Payment via wire transfer is preferred.

How are the bikes sent?

Bikes for the World partially disassembles the bikes by removing the pedals, lowering the seats, and turning and flipping the handle bars. This allows us to fit as many bikes as possible. We then load the bikes and parts into a 40-foot "high cube" shipping container. The shipping container is taken to a nearby port in the U.S. and shipped to the local port most convenient for the final destination. Partners are responsible for arranging transportation from the port of arrival to their site. Note that in addition, all donated bicycles will require some minimal re-assembly (i.e., re-attaching the pedals, turning handlebars, etc.) and adjustment.

What is the quality and condition of the bikes?

Bikes for the World makes every effort to send bikes of as high a quality as possible, although the quality of both the frames and components varies. Nearly all bicycles will be used and in "repairable or better condition." While we make every effort to send bicycles in good condition, some will require substantial repair and many will require light servicing (such as patching tubes or replacing the tires). To assist, Bikes for the World adds a valuable assortment of spare parts to each shipment.

What are the reporting requirements for partners?

The partner organization will be expected to provide the information requested below to Bikes for the World by the determined deadlines:

  • An initial evaluation and inventory of the contents received following the designated template within one (1) month of reception of the shipment for each shipment sent
  • A program evaluation of the partnership, following the designated template, every six (6) months after the reception of the first shipment (unless otherwise agreed upon by both parties) that includes:
  • A programmatic update and evaluation (qualitative and quantitative)
  • A minimum of three (3) interviews of beneficiaries
  • A minimum of ten (10) quality photographs of unloading, bike distribution, and beneficiaries with their bikes
  • A financial report for each shipment received

NB: Organizations will not be eligible for subsequent shipments if they do not satisfactorily complete the reporting requirements.

What kind of organizations/projects have you sent bikes to in the past?

See more information about our current partners

How many shipments can an organization receive?

There is no set maximum or minimum number of shipments an organization can receive. It will be determined by availability and project needs. We have partnered with organizations on a one-time basis that only receive one shipment and we have partnered with organizations with whom we develop a long-standing relationship and who receive several shipments a year.

How does an organization apply?

You must first send a completed preliminary inquiry form to kaila(at)bikesfortheworld.org. After review, strong candidates will be asked to fill out a final application form. Both forms can be found on the Bikes for the World website under How To Apply.

What time of the year do you accept applications?

We are not currently accepting new partners. If you send an application it will not be considered immediately.

Still have other questions about partnerships?

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Wheels of Africa

Mission

To bring cycling to all levels of riders, and to champion the culture of riding as a life style in Africa through education, advocacy, friendship, teamwork, partnerships and fun.  And to facilitate a culture of cycling through advocacy for motorists to learn to share the road, while raising the profile of cycling, hosting fun and high profile events as well as cycling for worthy causes. 

Background

Wheels of Africa (WoA) is a group of Kenyan and expatriate cyclists in the capital city of Nairobi, established in 2008 to bring awareness to cycling in Kenya and in turn making cycling safer for participants.  Its objectives were initially limited to promoting cycling for sport and recreation, but over the last four years has become more ambitious.  Encountering un-safe road conditions, it became an advocate for safer infrastructure and adpatation and enforcement of laws protecting cyclists.  Given the lack of support to cyclists, whether they were biking for recreation or as essential transportation to work--there was little between scattered roadside mechanics—most of them ill-equipped and poorly trained—and the few high-end shops in Nairobi and Mombasa that served the urban elite, WoA began operating more and more as a community bike shop.

Paulina BENN mechanic

Wheels of Africa is now supported by a network of international and African cycling organizations.  Tour d'Afrique, a US bicycle touring company, provided an introduction and endorsement, as well as financial support to an initial shipment of bicycles by Bikes for the World.  Bikes for the World has joined with Wheels of Change, a Montana-based initiative, and Chicago's Working Bikes, to send almost 3,300 bicycles through early 2013.  Bicycling Empowerment Network Namibia ran a workshop providing training to roadside bike repairers on running a successful bike sales and service business. 

Impact

WoA has received more than 2,400 bicycles from Bikes for the World, 3,300 in all from the network of US groups supporting the Kenyan initiative.  These donations enable WoA to operate as a community bike shop, selling bicycles and repair servcies to the community of cyclists, and provide technial assistance, training, and capital (in the form of bicycles and spare parts) to roadside bicycle repairers in the outlying neighborhoods of the city, with the goal of raising their incomes and improving support services to bicycle commuters and recreational riders. 

Most WoA bikes are sold at discounted prices to workers and students in Nairobi and surrounding rural areas.  A significant number, however, are donated to qualified institutions and individuals to contribute to education, health, and job creation among low-income people.  Nairobi's Arrow Web Hospital, specializing in treating AIDS patients, received 12 WoA donated bicycles, for use by health workers who visit patients at home.  Another 13 bikes were given to Kijiji cha Upendo, a program in Kibera, a slum area adjacent to Nairobi.  These bikes will be the start of training for some young mechanics and bike sales.  Eco Tourism Kenya received 10 bikes for working class staff members to kick start its bike rental enterprise. 

Beneficiaries

 

 

 

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