Teaching To Thrive

CESTA Streets

In the fall of 2014, Bikes for the World visited El Salvador to evaluate the progress of bike beneficiary partner CESTA, the El Salvadoran Center for Appropriate Technology. In 2015, CESTA became one of our largest recipients of donated bikes for the year.

During our visit in 2014, we dropped into CESTA in San Marcos where they receive our bikes and train mechanics in the workshop. We also interviewed several interns, several key bike beneficiaries, and visited a couple schools to learn more about growing up in El Salvador.

Keep reading to find out more about our visit, the schools involved, and the change CESTA is making using your old bikes...

"The environment is a vital part of the curriculum at El Zapote School. As a school we think it is important to engage in several projects aimed at minimizing people's impact on the environment. We hope to transform our students into well rounded individuals with values and habits necessary for a peaceful, harmonious co-existence with the earth," Hector Morales Director El Zapote School


Cesta mentor

Focus on Environment

CESTA's goal is to promote the empowerment of community organizations and municipalities in El Salvador to improve their quality of life in harmony with the environment. Their primary areas of work focus on transportation, health, and the environment. Through the EcoBici program, CESTA is bringing bikes to the streets of San Salvador and teaching young men a valuable tool through its mechanic training program. Read more about CESTA's work on our blog.

Centro Escolar Milagro- "Miracle School"


Miracle in San Marcos

Life in and around San Marcos is plagued by street gangs and violence. Giving kids an alternative by keeping them active in school is helping educators fight back against crime. Through the EcoBici program offered by CESTA, kids at Miracle School have the chance to build social skills while learning bike mechanics in the repair shop. Being part of the strong, positive community at CESTA, at-risk youth are given alternatives to gang life and access to job opportunities. Find out more about life in San Salvador and the difference one school is making...

Centro Escolar Caserío El Porvenir- "Future School"


Finding Hope in the Future

Switching gears to the remote western coast, El Zapote is a community far from the gang life that defines El Salvador. But it is not without its own struggles. Situated along the border of Guatemala, communities in the hamlet of Porvenir are constantly losing family and friends to nearby 'coyotes' waiting on the edge of town to transport immigrants across the border. The Director of the school in El Zapote partnered up with CESTA in 2015 to bring opportunity to these troubled teens through the popular EcoBici program offered in San Marcos. Find out what El Zapote is doing to help its students and how Bikes for the World got involved to bring bikes to this rural community.



The Boys of El Zapote

Edgardo Emiliano Ayala Ramirez

Edgardo commutes to school by bicycle. He loved the idea of learning how to work on bikes as part of this special program offered by his school. He now knows how to make light repairs and continues to practice in the shop set up at the school. He hopes to open his own shop some day.

Lisandro Yovani Orellana Perlera

Lisandro is a bike mechanic and student at El Zapote. He lives three miles from school and uses a bike to get to class. He enjoys working with tools and fixing bikes for his community. He hopes to become an architect someday.

Marlon Vladimir Bermudez Arevalo

Marlon borrows his dad's bike to run errands for his family. He loved learning a trade while participating in CESTA's bike program. He thinks bikes are important to help people get around efficiently while protecting the environment from pollution. He hopes to become a doctor or teacher when he graduates.

Yonatan Josue Arana Hernandez

Jonathan was one of the younger students enrolled in the bike program offered by his school and CESTA. He is thankful for the opportunity and is grateful to CESTA for their patience and guidance. Jonathan hopes to become a mechanic someday so he can help his community with affordable transportation that is also good for the environment.







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