Bikes 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.
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.
Over its first eight years (January 2005-December 2012), Bikes for the World collected and channeled more than 72,000 bicycles to 21 non-profit community development organizations in 17 countries. In 2012 alone, Bikes for the World shipped an unprecedented 13,500 bicycles, re-confirming its status (dating to 2007) as the nation's largest bicycle reuse charity. All these bicycles were collected by Bikes for the World and channeled through one of its shipping sites in the lower mid-Atlantic region.
Beginning in 2009 and going through the end of 2012, Bikes for the World has placed an additional 15,000 bicycles with overseas groups, handling deliveries for sister programs collecting bikes in other parts of the United States. By the end of 2013, counting our shipments and those which we have sourced from other organizations, we expect to have delivered well in excess of 100,000 bicycles during our institutional "life".
Where is your old bike?
Chances are, if you donated a bike to Bikes for the World, it will be in one of the countries marked on the map above. Rather than taking up space in your basement or garage, your bike is helping someone get to work, school, or health care. Thank you!
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.