- Published on Thursday, 17 October 2013 19:34
Bikes for the World has partnered with Gildan Activewear in an effort to bring bikes to Honduras.
Bikes for the World hopes to send its first container of bikes to our newest partner, Fundacion Adelante in Honduras by the end of the year. This project will be made possible in part thanks to the support of our newest corporate partner, Gildan Activewear, whose Branded Apparel division headquarters are based out of South Carolina.
This means the bulk of the bikes collected will come from the Carolinas, both North and South, under the supervision and guidance of Bikes for the World in our effort to expand nationally. Honduras was chosen as the recipient country due to the presence of Gildan factories in that country.
- Published on Friday, 20 September 2013 16:19
ChildFund International joined forces with Bikes for the World to help supply bicycles to students in Mozambique as part of their Dream Bikes project initiative in several countries around the world. BfW shipped an initial container of 500 bikes to Mozambique in September 2013.
Hirabai, seen here, received her Atlas bicycle through ChildFund International in India. This bike is helping Hirabai traverse the long, dangerous road to school. She has dreams of becoming a police officer once she graduates from college.
Keeping kids in school is one of the most productive investments that a society can make. Recognizing this premise, Bikes for the World provides students at risk of dropping out the means - in the form of a bicycle - to arrive at school on time, refreshed, and with time savings, thus enabling them to study more, do chores at home, and stay in school.
- Published on Tuesday, 13 August 2013 13:58
Your donated bikes are keeping kids in school in the Philippines. The Department of Education recognizes the importance of a bicycle as transportation to school
Bikes for the Philippines signed an MOU with DepEd making a partnership to deliver bikes to deserving student-beneficiaries throughout the Philippines official. DepEd is helping BfP identify and reach students in remote, rural areas.
BfP started in 2010 under the supervision of Joel Uichico. The initial project was started in Bohol at Baclayon National High School. This year they are expanding into Maribojoc. 50 bikes were also recently delivered to students on the island of Cebu.
Through this partnership Uichico hopes to be able to expand the project to more islands, reaching more students, and lowering the national drop-out rate in schools.
- Published on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 16:37
Bikes for the World ships to a new partner in Ghana called Ability Bikes. This group was established by sister organization Bikes Not Bombs and has received bikes placed by BfW through Working Bikes in Chicago.
Meanwhile, a spring shipment of BfW bikes arrived in Ghana through partner Village Bicycle Project (VBP). The bikes were used for a training program in Ghana's Upper East Region.
- Published on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 16:27
Bikes for the World supported several domestic projects through the DICK'S Sporting Goods promotional bikes. In the DC area, Fairfax's own Bikes for Tykes, Teens, and Adults in need received about 50 of the 18" wheel bikes we try not to send overseas.
We also diverted a couple containers coming in from DICK'S to two of our sister organizations, Working Bikes in Chicago and St. Louis Bicycle Works. Both programs ship bikes to the same overseas partners as Bikes for the World, in addition to running local shops that serve their communities.
St. Louis Bicycle Works runs a very successful earn-a-bike program teaching area youth as well as a bike repair workshop in the federal penitentiary.
- Published on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 16:09
WE DID IT! We moved 4,500 bikes in 10 days and shipped to seven countries. We got word at the end of May that we had 30 days to move out of our Pentagon City warehouse. The same warehouse where we had been busy unloading the bikes from the recent DICK'S Sporting Good promotion.
We were able to obtain the warehouse next door to store the remaining bikes that were coming in from DICK'S in addition to diverting two containers to Chicago and St. Louis. But we still had close to 5,000 bikes in the old warehouse that had to be moved in less than 30 days.
- Published on Monday, 03 June 2013 19:11
Bikes for the World is in St. Louis! Meet our newest partner St. Louis Bicycle Works, who just shipped their first container, with guidance and placement from Bikes for the World.
Bicycle Works has been around longer than BfW, but mainly as an Earn-a-Bike program for youth in St. Louis. They are part of a larger group called BWorks which also sponsors an earn-a-computer program and create-a-book program.
Bicycle Works has been working with Working Bikes for the past five years supplying bikes for shipments out of Chicago. With the help of a scout collecting bikes for BfW in Kentucky, we jump started a shipment earlier this year that was finally loaded this weekend and will be sent to BfW partner CESTA in El Salvador.
- Published on Thursday, 23 May 2013 15:41
We gave away 38 bikes to students who participated in the City of Rockville's TERRIFIC program this year. Student's were required to complete a series of at least six good deeds to earn a bike. Receipents received a certificate from the Mayor of Rockville, a bike from Bikes for the World, and a helmet courtesy of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue.
Several kids who earned bikes brought their old one's they had outgrown along with them and donated them to Bikes for the World. One girl in particular, who had recently gotten a new bike, completed the TERRIFIC program and immediately donated her earned bike back into the program.
Read more about how the city's program is teaching kids a life lesson that stands to change lives.
- Published on Tuesday, 07 May 2013 20:44
Bikes for the world is going back to school! Just last week alone we were at Fairview Elementary in Fairfax Station VA, Glenwood Middle School in Glenwood MD, Appomattox Regional Governor's School, in Petersburg VA, Wootton High School in Potomac MD, and this week Wolftrap Elementary. Between the schools we collected over 300 bikes that will help people in need get to work or school.
Wednesday May 8th is National Bike to School day. In Vienna VA they declare the whole week a Bike/Walk Challenge and encourage all students to come to school on their own power. Bikes for the World was invited as a guest rider to join Wolfie's Bike Train at Wolftrap Elementary.
Outreach Coordinator, Yvette Hess, joined the kids in their ride to school. "It's a lot like when I rode to school with our beneficiaries in the Philippines. In fact, as these kids grow into bigger bikes, they may donate these very bikes to our program and help kids in another country get to school. How cool is that?"
- Published on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 17:31
On April 28, 2013 Senthil Kannan of troop 1983 was awarded the prestigious Eagle scout rank. Senthil completed his Eagle scout project with Bikes for the World last fall at REI Fairfax. He collected over 75 bikes, managed a group of about 20, and oversaw the financial aspect and coordination of the entire event.
Several other scouts in troop 1983 became aware of Bikes for the World and showed interest in working on a similar project with BfW in the future. We hope to invite the troop out to Pentagon City this summer for a loading.