November '16 Newsletter

November 16Our second container of bikes has arrived in Madagascar. These bikes will help stock a rural bike shop known as an eBox. Find out more about where that idea came from and how it is helping save lives. Hint, it's another BfW partner located in Namibia.

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October '16 Newsletter

October 16 blastIn Madagascar, your old bikes are helping to bring jobs and health care to rural communities in Menabe. This month a second container of bikes, from BfW, will arrive in Miandrivazo where they will supply the local co-op eBox. This month we took at look at how an eBox works...

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Warehouse Moving SALE

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Warehouse moving SALE! Bikes for the World is relocating and needs to sell surplus items. 100+ quality road and commuter bikes, also a few dozen mountain, children's, and vintage bikes, plus hundreds of bike parts & accessories -- locks, wheels, tires, travel cases, bike racks (hitch-, trunk- and roof-mounted), Lemond stationary bike trainer, trail-a-bikes and kiddie trailers, and much more. Vintage bikes to make you the envy of the Tweed Ride. Schwinn Stingrays and collectible BMX to bring back childhood memories. Also shelving and other warehouse fixtures.

 

WAREHOUSE MOVING SALE!!!
SATURDAY OCTOBER 15, 2016
DOORS OPEN 9AM TO 1PM
1420 SOUTH EADS ST, ARLINGTON VA
ONE DAY ONLY

September '16 Newsletter

September 2016This year we partnered with a dozen local scout troops to help collect and deliver bikes around the world. Eleven scouts completed their Eagle Projects with us this in 2016, collecting over 1,000 bikes between them! Find out how some of those bikes are helping bring better health care to Madagascar in this month's newsletter.

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Rolling Out Health Care in Madagascar

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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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Gold Volunteers

Ledecky volunteerKatie Ledecky, US five time Olympic Gold Medal winner, is a proud BfW alum having volunteered for two years through the Social Impact program at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart. Katie helped load and prep many bikes over her two year tenure while running off to the pool to train and break world records.

When asked what it was like to work with Katie (now that everyone seems to know who she is) we simply agreed she is Impelled To Act. Katie, as well as every Stone Ridge girl who has come through our warehouse before and after is a stand out role model, especially to our younger volunteers who look up to these women. Twice a month they roll up their sleeves and smear grease across their painted fingernails...proving they are just as strong and smart as any boy without giving up an ounce of 'girl'.

Read more about this program and how Katie Ledecky left her mark on Bikes for the World.

August '16 Newsletter

August 2016Group rides build confidence. And confidence makes better riders. This month we take a look at how our partners overseas are dealing with some of the issues they have keeping their riders safe. Find out how Kenya, Costa Rica, and El Salvador are using community rides to bring confidence to their streets.

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Safety, Training, and Advocacy

Fatima HS delivers bikes AND helmets to studentsCycling safety is a big concern for anyone who has ever been on a bike. It goes without saying that includes most of our supporters at Bikes for the World. Many photos we share from our partners overseas show bike beneficiaries with huge smiles on their faces, but few helmets on their heads.

Bikes for the World does accept helmet donations and one program that donates bikes to students in the Philippines purchases brand new helmets and requires all their riders wear them. While several of our partners do request helmet donations, they can't force riders to use them.

We decided to take a look at several of our projects we support around the world to see what challenges they face regarding safety and what measures they are taking to overcome them.

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July '16 Newsletter

July 2016An upate from a student in the Philippines named Rodelyn. Find out how students from her elementary school learned to ride bikes through our partner Bikes for the Philippines in this month's newsletter.

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We're Hiring

hiring graphicLove bikes? Want to work for a great nonprofit in the DC Metro Region? We're hiring, check out these positions:

Operations Assistant

will report to the Operations Manager, and will assist the Operations Manager in the maintenance of Bikes for the World's warehouse and in the loading and shipment of donations of bicycles and parts destined for overseas destinations. More...

Program Officer

will be responsible for interactions with overseas partners. More...