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

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

Beneficiary Organizations Overseas (partial list) 

  • Barbados Pinelands Creative Workshop – community development program providing youth with micro enterprise credit, skills training, and performing arts opportunities (8,158 bicycles donated 2005-2012).
  • Costa Rica  Fundación Integral Campesina (FINCA Costa Rica) – micro enterprise development benefiting farmers, tradespeople, teacher, students, and home business operators, primarily in rural areas of the country (14,000 bicycles donated 2005-2012).
  • El Salvador  Salvadoran Center for Appropriate Technology (CESTA) -- promotes environmentally sustainable and socially equitable transportation operating a bicycle import, repair, and sales workshop. Proceeds support advocacy on environmental issues (970 bikes donated beginning 2012).
  • Ghana & Sierra Leone  Village Bicycle Project -- provides training, tools, and bikes, supporting rural  community development programs and the small-scale private sector (10,179 bicycles donated 2005-2012 for Ghana; 436 bicycles donated for Sierra Leone beginning 2012).
  • Guatemala  Asociacion Peronia Juvenil, an urban youth program fighting drug use and gang activity in a low-income neighborhood of Guatemala City, which operates a community-owned bike shop, Eco-Bici (1,908 bicycles donated 2005-2012).
  • Honduras  Art for Humanity – a US based non-profit channeling in-kind donations of clothing, household goods, tools, etc., for donation to individual families for microenterprise and small farm development in rural areas of the country, and for support of The Leadership Center, a residental college (719 bicycles donated 2005-2012).
  • Kenya Wheels of Africa (WoA) -- provides technical assistance, training, and capital (in the frm of bicycles and spare parts donated by Bikes for the World) to roadside bicycle repairers in the outlying neighborhoods of the city, with the goal of raising their income and improving repair and other support services to bicycle commuters (2,400+ bicycles 2012-2013).
  • Mozambique ChildFund International -- description coming soon
  • Namibia  Bicycling Empowerment Network Namibia -- supports community- and privately-owned bike shops in rural areas of this southern African nation, providing transport to health workers addressing the problem of AIDS, as well as to micro entrepreneurs, teachers, and students via the estabishment of community and individually-owned bicycle empowerment centers (1,907 bikes donated 2005-2012).
  • 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 ow-income workers and students with affordabe transport. Recipient of the greatest number of Bikes for the World's bicycles to date (15,361 bicycles donated 2005-2012).
  • Philippines  Bikes for the Philippines -- established to (1) reduce the dropout rate of school children who have to walk long distances to school (and especially during the challenging transition from primary to high school), and (2) reach out to dropouts to help them complete a high school equivalency program.  It accomplishes this through providing bicycles, saving beneficiaries' time and energy in getting to and from school, and by building self-esteem by improving school performance and increasing opportunities for earnings (1,058 bicycles donated 2011-2013).   
  • South Africa  Bicycle Empowerment Network (BEN), one of the continent's longest-standing bicycle advocacy and support groups, BEN supports community-owned bike shops (bicycle empowerment centres) in urban and rural areas, to generate employment and provide productive transportation for the nation's poor (495 bikes from Chicago's Working Bikes placed by BfW 2011).
  • Uganda  Prisoners Support Organisation -- provides affordable bicycles free or at low prices to women and men upon their release from prison, enabling them to begin earning income, and to children whose mother or father is in prison and who require a bicycle to attend school, and wholesales remainder of bicycles to subsidize its program and cover the high costs of delivering bicycles to this inland African nation (9,033 bicycles donated 2007-2012).

Bikes for the World tracks its shipments by country and year.

Apply for a donation of a container of approximately 500 bicycles.