- Published on Sunday, 19 April 2015 23:38
Watch 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.
- Published on Friday, 03 April 2015 19:15
BfW adds a new partner in 2015. Darna is located in Northern Africa and is our newest beneficiary group. In April 2015, Bikes for the World shipped its first container of bikes to this Moroccan based group. This pilot effort will mostly serve the youth project, with our bikes being distributed to kids ages 8-15 in Tangier.
Darna runs comprehensive social programs including a youth community house, women's community house, and a teaching farm. The youth and women's houses provide temporary homes for children and women at-risk. They also provide various training programs to help them re-integrate into society.
The Farm School helps encourage agricultural development and a return to the agricultural sector outside of Tangier. The Farm houses 30 children, many boys at-risk. The boys receive agricultural training while there, as well as training in agricultural machinery repair.
The boys at the Farm School will be learning the mechanical skills needed to help refurbish our donated bikes to put them into use for this program. Bikes will be made available to youth living in nearby, low-income apartments to help them get to and from school. Continue reading about Darna and BfW...
This container is being loaded in Arlington Virginia with the help of AmeriCorps NCCC-FEMA Corps and Fletcher Women’s Network of DC.
- Published on Friday, 06 March 2015 13:51
Girls Scout Troop 5740, working toward their Bronze Award, joined Bikes for the World in the warehouse to help load a container for Kenya, Africa.
The girls prepped bikes for shipping and helped load bikes into the container heading to Wheels of Africa. All of the girls have bikes and know how to ride them, but none of them had ever used bike tools before. This experience familiarized them with basic bike parts and tools, making them more comfortable around bikes in general.
Several Dads came out to help mentor the girls and were a big help introducing some of the tools, like pedal wrenches, adjustable wrenches, and the difference between a box wrench and an allen wrench. Before long the girls were taking off pedals and turning handlebars with the Dads watching in the background.
The troop from McKinley Elementary learned about the groups receiving our bikes overseas and the huge impact a bike can have on student or worker in need of affordable transportation.
This team building experience brought the girls together to work hard and make a global difference. While in the warehouse they prepped about 50 bikes and had fun while doing it. They even made a video about the project.
- Published on Friday, 20 February 2015 19:07
Bikes for the World's executive director, Keith Oberg, was recently honored for his "extraordinary humanitarian service", as the recipient of Johns Hopkins University's 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award. A 1977 graduate of JHU's School of Advanced International Studies, Keith accepted the award on behalf of the Bikes for the World community-- volunteers and staff--who have built the organization over the last decade. For this reason, the JHU medal will enjoy a prominent place in the Bikes for the World office in Arlington.
- Published on Monday, 02 February 2015 19:49
Our 100,000th donated bike is helping Gerardo Jesús get to school in Costa rica. Gerardo lives at home with his mother, two brothers and one sister in Tempate, a rural community located in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.
He graduated with excellent grades from the elementary school in Tempate. Because of this, his teacher helped him obtain a scholarship at a private bilingual high school. This high school is called Educarte and is located in another community called Tamarindo.
- Published on Wednesday, 03 December 2014 14:16
BfW has donated over 100,000 bikes changing lives around the world. The importance of recycling and the impact of the bicycle were the focus on November 15, 2014, when we loaded our 100k bike into the container destined for Costa Rica as part of America Recycles Day.
America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. It's an initiative of Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and we were honored to have representative from both KAB and the US EPA on hand during this monumental loading.
The container loading began on Thursday and ended with a celebration and the actual loading of the 100k bike on Saturday November 15, 2014. Valued volunteers and corporate partners took part in this three day event. Events included a bike ride in DC, a presentation by the director of FINCA Costa Rica, where the container is heading, recognizing our Volunteer of the Year, and donations of bikes to four organizations.
- Published on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 16:58
In 2014, BfW donated more bikes locally than any other year, a testament to our growing numbers. Over 1,000 bikes donated to BfW stayed here at home serving nine different local groups in 2014. Since our beginning in 2005, BfW has donated about 4% of all collected bikes to local groups.
During our 100k weekend Bikes for the World donated over 200 bikes to three local groups. In the DC area, we support two youth oriented earn-a-bike programs, Phoenix Bikes and Gearing' Up Bicycles. Both groups support our mission by teaching life skills to youth in the DC area.
Beneficiaries are learning how to work as a team in a business setting and earning bikes in the process. Both groups offer valuable after school activities that engage and teach its members. They also do a lot of community outreach, offering group rides and participating in local events. Continue reading about our complementary efforts.
- Published on Friday, 07 November 2014 12:12
Bikes for the World is donating its 100,000th bike on November 15th and we want you to join us. We have a week of activites planned so please join us for one or more and help us celebrate this milestone together.
Highlights of the week will include the actual loading of the 100k bike as well as a presentation from the recipient partner. We will open our warehouse Thursday through Saturday so drop by just to check out the operation. OR grab a pedal wrench or a bike and help us with the loading. You can also drop off a bike any time the warehouse is open.
This container will be donated to FINCA Costa Rica. Bikes for the World has partnered with this organization since we formed in 2005. Since that time we have donated over 20,000 bikes to rural communities scattered around Costa Rica. Director of FINCA Costa Rica, Luis Jimenez will join us this week in Arlington. He will participate in the loading at our warehouse and give a presentation Friday evening explaining how our bikes are changing lives in Costa Rica.
Full schedule of events below:
- Published on Wednesday, 05 November 2014 13:14
Training bike mechanics in El Salvador helps support CESTA's main mission by refurbishing bikes and promoting cycling as a means of viable transportation as well as protecting the environment.
Eco-Bici is the repair shop operated through CESTA where disadvantaged youths congregate and learn skills from how to tune a bicycle to how to overhaul and true a wheel. The internship offered to these budding mechanics gives them a safe place to learn and hone their skills, away from the dangerous street life where gangs threaten many small businesses.
Bikes for the World visited CESTA in September 2014 and we sat down with some of the interns working in the program. We also visited the shop and met with several local vendors who receive our donated bikes.
In additional to running the Eco-Bici project, CESTA also works strongly to improve the quality of life in harmony with the environment. The bicycle project complements this mission while working to keep youths uninvolved with gangs. Learn more about Eco-Bici and how our bikes are supporting this important project in El Salvador.
- Published on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 19:01
Beneficiaries in northern Costa Rica are using our donated bikes to get to work and school. In September, Bikes for the World visited Costa Rica to find out more about long-standing partner FINCA Costa Rica and meet some of these bike beneficiaries.
Over the years BfW has donated over 20,000 bikes to this micro-finance group. Each container is often split between many communities, reaching all corners of rural Costa Rica.
Our donated bikes are reassembled in these small communities and sold at a low cost to community members who need affordable transportation. The profits from the bike sales are reinvested in the community to help fund smaller businesses such as community markets and clothing stores.
Find out more about how these community run programs work on our blog and stay tuned for more updates from that trip to Central America where we also visited Panama and El Salvador.