A bike can change a life in a poor country. Yet for millions of people on the lowest incomes, a new bicycle is financially out of reach.
Meanwhile, millions of perfectly good bicycles lie unused in North America, Europe and elsewhere in the Western world.
Bicycles for Humanity began in September 2005 with the simple aim of enabling people to raise funds and collect unwanted bicycles to send to reliable partners in developing countries.
In developing countries, Bicycles for Humanity, in partnership with organizations in that country, provides resources and support to make the process accountable and efficient. In developing countries, it works at the grassroots level to ensure that disadvantaged people are empowered through improved access to food and water, employment, healthcare, education and social opportunities.
Bicycles for Humanity, Global, Karamoja Bicycle Initiative, everyone welcome to join this new and exciting Project
Our movement continues to grow for 3 simple reasons:
1. It empowers caring entrepreneurial-minded people here and in Africa to step up and make a difference in their communities. all within the B4h Global movement share the belief that a Bicycle can make a difference.
2. It links people here with like-minded people in Africa. Building Community is key and together, they tell the story of the need, collect the bikes, raise the necessary funds and then tell the story of the difference a bicycle can make.
3. Accountability, honesty and humanity are the foundation of our movement. The more the people of Africa demonstrate this, the more support comes forward. Passion and the simple beliefe that each and everyone of us can make a difference is the foundation, heart and soul of our movement.
Our focus in 2011 was on distributing the Bicycling Empowerment Centre (BEC), a complete package that addresses bicycle delivery to remote areas, access to tools, training and spare parts.
The Bicycle Empowerment Centre (BEC) program globally has been a huge success. Today some 20 plus chapters deliver BECs to namibia, South Africa, Malawi, Zambia, Siarra Leone, Kenya and Uganda. On this site, you will find information about volunteering and starting a chapter, collections and developing country projects. You will come to know the people we empower and the many ways that recipients use bicycles to create new opportunities for themselves, their families, and their communities.
You will also find ways that you or your community group, service club, school, sport club, religious organization or business can get involved. There are opportunities to support our projects by working within your community and through direct connections with partners in a developing countries. Help send a BEC to a community in need, for more information, please contact us. 2011 was an exciting year for our grassroots movement and we hope to double the number of BECs we sent to Africa in 2012. Everyone is welcome, we invite you to join us in helping deliver the gift of mobility that a bicycle can deliver.
One bicycle can change a Life, one Life can change a Community, Live to Ride