World Bicycle Relief reaches milestone of 100,000 bicycles
We are proud to share some exciting news today from our friends at World Bicycle Relief:
To date, World Bicycle Relief has distributed more than 100,000 bikes in ten African and Asian countries enabling HIV & AIDS healthcare workers to reach more people in remote villages, students to get to school safely and efficiently, and farmers to carry more goods to and from markets. World Bicycle Relief has also trained more than 750 local field mechanics in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Uganda.
Each bicycle distributed has an impact not only on the life of the recipient but on many others’ lives as well. For instance, school attendance used to be difficult for a 16-year old Zambian girl named Beene because her school was five miles away and her only option was to walk. Now, with her World Bicycle Relief bike, Beene is able to attend school five days a week, allowing her to learn and work toward her goal of becoming a nurse. When Beene is not at school, she lends her bicycle to her sister’s family to transport and sell fish in surrounding villages. They also frequently use it to transport Beene’s niece and nephew to the health clinic eight miles away.
By partnering with other relief groups and using existing supply chains, World Bicycle Relief has created an efficient, sustainable method for delivering not only a means of transportation, but also access to independence and livelihood. Compared to walking, biking is four times faster and allows five times the carrying capacity, significantly increasing productivity.
For more information on World Bicycle Relief, please visit www.worldbicyclerelief.org.