Spotlight Costa Rica

lopez family bikesThe Lopez family lives in the rural settlement of Los Jazmines in the canton of Upala near the border of Nicaragua in Costa Rica. Mom, Dad and 8 year-old Kevin all received bikes through BfW in June of 2015.

There are many small villages scattered throughout the country of Costa Rica, many remote, and residents rely on public transportation, which can be expensive, in order to stay connected with the larger communities nearby. Even more Costa Ricans choose to walk which can be tiring and time consuming.

Bikes for the World has been working with local financial group FINCA Costa Rica since 2005 to help bring bikes to these small communities to help better their lives and improve their connections with larger markets where they sell their home-grown products.

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August '15 Newsletter

August 2015Vive les vélos! We bring you a special Canadian edition of our newsletter this month. Why? Well you should check it out for yourself. Find out where our latest shipment began its voyage; we'll give you a hint, it starts with a C! View our newsletter online.

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Cycle Recycle Canada

Cycle Recycle CanadaBikes for the World ships 497 bikes out of Canada. Working with the Tiverton Lions Club outside Toronto, BfW representative Bob Evans helped lead this effort to load a container of bikes heading to the Bicycling Empowerment Network in South Africa.

The bikes were collected in Canada over the past year by a large network of Lions Clubs. On July 18, 2015, about a half dozen of those Lions Clubs came together and  loaded this container in just under five hours. This collaborative effort expanded BfW reach beyond our US border.

This was the second container this year loaded and shipped outside our central warehouse location in Arlington VA. The first was last month in Wisconsin, a second effort by Bicycles for Humanity Oregon WI. We also hope to ship a container out of Pittsburgh and Long Island New York within the next year.

Read more about this Canadian shipment heading to South Africa.

July '15 Newsletter

July 2015Offering families a way to volunteer together, we open our warehouse to individuals, corporations, and families. July's newsletter also takes a unique look into our bikes for education project in the Philippines. View our newsletter online.

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Building Hope For a Better Future

young girl philippinesMore students are about to receive bikes at two school districts in the Philippines. A third container of bikes has arrived in Manila where volunteers will prep the bikes for use in Bohol.

Students in rural Philippines are staying in school longer and even graduating thanks to our support of this Bikes for Education project established by Bikes for the Philippines. The initial school district loaned bikes to about 100 students to help keep them in school, or in some cases, re-enroll in classes. That was 2012.

We visited the bike project in Bohol, Philippines in 2012. You can see many of our photos in this photo narrative that updates the project's current progress.

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James McMullen

Jim McMullenJAMES D. McMULLEN

Bikes for the World is honored to be chosen as the beneficiary in lieu of flowers to recognize the life, adventure, and teaching spirit of James McMullen who left the earth on May 29, 2015 due to an aggressive form of liver cancer. James Daryl McMullen is described by friends as "authentic and loyal with a passion for discovery and life."

Jim led a life filled with excitement, starting with a two year stint (1965-67) in the Philippines as part of the early years of the Peace Corps. His love of long hikes and boating grew, and a lifelong camaraderie formed with a very closely knit group of friends from the Peace Corps days.

Donations in his honor can be applied directly to our Bikes for Education program established in the Philippines. This program helps rural students in the Philippines attend school and graduate. Please designate your donation in memory of James McMullen and if you'd like to contribute to the Philippines program specifically please put PHILIPPINES in the designation box on the donation form.
Donate in honor of Jim McMullen here.

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June '15 Newsletter

June 2015

June's newsletter introduces our new partners and highlights our work with students and corporate groups. To learn more, view our newsletter online.

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New Partners

Madagascar new partner

Rural farmers and health workers in Africa are getting a lift from Bikes for the World as we add three new partners this month. Two containers for Guinea-Bissau and Madagascar will be loaded at our Arlington warehouse and two more for Madagascar and Cameroon, which BfW helped place, will be loaded with sister organizations, Working Bikes and Bicycles for Humanity, Oregon WI.

All three projects will be monitored by Bikes for the World to establish a plan to move forward and continue shipping bikes to support these new-to-us programs.

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May '15 Newsletter

May 2015

May is Bike Month and to celebrate we bring you two new videos highlighting Bike To School and Bike To Work beneficiaries. To learn more or watch the videos, view our newsletter online.

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New School Added in Philippines

Bikes keep kids in schoolWatch new video showing how our bikes are keeping kids in school and helping them graduate in the Philippines.

A bike can be the difference between an education and needing to drop out of school in remote villages in the Philippines. See how our bikes are helping kids stay in school, get an education, and ultimately graduate.

A shipment of bikes loading on Earth Day 2015 will be heading to a new school project in Fatima National High School on the island of Bohol. This is our fifth school in the Bikes for Education project and our third on the island of Bohol.