International Programs

Honduras Courtesy Art for Humanity- HondurasBikes for the World donates bicycles and related material in commercial quantities – 500 bikes at a time in 40' shipping containers – to selected non-profit agencies in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and just about anywhere they are needed and delivery is feasible. To date Bikes for the World has donated bicycles to 21 non-profit community development organizations in 17 countries.

These bicycles provide affordable transport to individuals for use in getting to work and school, or in providing health and education services to low-income rural people.

 Current Partner Projects

 

Ability Bikes

Ability Bikes Cooperative
Ghana

Ability Bikes Cooperative is a micro-enterprise bike shop based in Koforidua, Ghana. It is cooperatively owned and operated by physically challenged people, most afflicted by polio.Ability Bikes imports bicycles, refurbishes them, and sells the bikes at affordable prices from their retail shop to people who need them.

Ability Bikes challenges current social structures that are oppressive to people with disabilities. The trained mechanics in this program have proven their skill among bike owners and continue to break down barriers in society as a whole.

 

St Louis Bicycle Works pp

BWorks-St. Louis Bicycle Works
St. Louis USA

St. Louis Bicycle Works is a domestic program focused on providing bikes to inner city kids through an Earn-A-Bike program. In addition to building self esteem, motivation, and discipline, Bicycle Works teaches kids the importance of giving back to the community.

St. Louis Bicycle Works also trains inmates at the federal prison to refurbish bicycles for their Earn-A-Bike program. The inmates learn a skill while doing something good for their community. This partnership has taken the number of locally donated bikes from hundreds to the thousands.

 

Bikes for the Philippines

Bikes for the Philippines
Philippines

Bikes for the Philippines is a bikes for education project operating on the islands of Bohol and Cebu, with plans to expand to other areas. The bike program has been embraced by the Department of Education and curriculum was developed for training in the classrooms.

Students in danger of dropping out due to distance or financial hardships are hand selected for the program. Each student is loaned a bicycle to get to school and earns the bike upon graduation.

 

CESTA

CESTA
El Salvador

CESTA, the El Salvadoran Center for Appropriate Technology, is leading the struggle for environmental conservation, sustainable transportation and community land management in El Salvador. CESTA combines an array of environmental and social programs with environmental and social justice activism, positioning CESTA at the forefront of social change in El Salvador.

CESTA runs EcoBici, training young people as mechanics to help refurbish our donated bikes. This program redirects at risk youth helping to build skills and empowering them to access job opportunities rather than joining gangs.

 

FINCA


FINCA
Costa Rica

Fundación Integral Campesina (FINCA Costa Rica) is a micro enterprise development benefiting farmers, tradespeople, teachers, students, and home business operators, primarily in rural areas of the country.

The bike program supplies local jobs (as mechanics) and also helps fund the loan project, providing income from bike sales, for members to borrow to grow their own micro-financed businesses. Bikes help families become more productive in their businesses and every day lives, moving product and themselves faster.

more productive in their businesses and every-day lives, moving product, and themselves, faster. - See more at: http://bikesfortheworld.org/who-we-benefit/international-programs/costa-rica#sthash.LgOg5wtK.dpuf
FINCA Costa Rica is a micro-business support  organization - See more at: http://bikesfortheworld.org/who-we-benefit/international-programs/costa-rica#sthash.LgOg5wtK.dpuf
FINCA Costa Rica is a micro-business support  organization - See more at: http://bikesfortheworld.org/who-we-benefit/international-programs/costa-rica#sthash.LgOg5wtK.dpuf

 

Goodwill Panama


Goodwill Panama
Panama

Asociacion Panamena de Industrias de Buena Voluntad (Goodwill Panama) operates a large-scale, financially-self-supporting workshop providing skills training and employment to students and employees while providing low-income workers and students with affordable transport.

Goodwill trained and employed mechanics refurbish donated bikes for sale in the storefront. Proceeds fund the training program that teaches disabled individuals skills such as welding and metal working.

 

Pinelands Creative


Pinelands Creative Workshop
Barbados

The Pinelands Creative Workshop is a community development program in a low income area of Barbados that provides youth with micro enterprise credit, skills training, and performing arts opportunities.

Pinelands mechanics repair bikes in their workshop and sell them at a low cost. Profits from the bike shop help fund other projects in the program such as a Meals On Wheels program feeding the disadvantaged and also mediation programs for at risk youths involved with gang activity.

 

Village Bicycle Project


Village Bicycle Project
Ghana and Sierra Leone

 

Wheels of Africa

Wheels of Africa
Kenya

Past Partner Projects

Ghana Shape LivesShape Lives FoundationIn addition to the current partners listed above, Bikes for the World has donated containers of bicycles to the following international projects:

Gambia: Fajara Rotary Club, Ghana: Asante Akim Multi-purpose Telecentre (AAMTC) and Shape Lives Foundation, Guatemala: EcoBici / Servicios Ecumenicos de Formacion Cristiana en Centro America (SEFCA), Haiti: Christian Alliance for International Development (CAID), Honduras: Art for Humanity and Fundacion Adelante, Mozambique: ChildFund International, Namibia: Bicycle Empowerment Network, Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka Association of Greater Washington, Uganda: Prisoners Support Organization.

Bikes for the World has provided partial shipments of bikes in tandem with other international efforts over a dozen times.

Domestic Projects

Phoenix Bikes Courtesy Phoenix BikesBikes for the World also supports two dozen domestically run projects. Many of these projects include seasonal bike distrubtions to area youth, earn-a-bike projects, and local co-ops providing mechanic skills training or bikes to assist in employment opportunities for adults. Some of our larger projects operating in the United States include:

Bikes for Tykes, Teens, and Adults, Fairfax, VA, Gearin' Up Bicycles, Washington DC, Kristi's Christmas, Fairfax VA, Phoenix Bikes, Arlington VA, Recycle Bicycle, Harrisburg PA, Serve-a-Village, Northern VA, St. Louis Bicycle Works, St. Louis MO, TERRIFIC Earn-A-Bike Project, Rockville MD, VéloCity Bicycle, Alexandria VA, and Working Bikes, Chicago, IL.

BfW May 2013 shipment to GhanaMay 2013 BfW shipment in Accra Ghana

=> Apply here for a donation of a container of approximately 500 bicycles.