Bicycles for Humanity is an exciting global volunteer run, non-profit organisation that uses donated bikes to help alleviate poverty through sustainable transport.
Every year around 1.5 million bikes are sold across Australia – around half of these will end up unused or abandoned. We put this huge resource to work in some of the world’s poorest regions.
B4H volunteers around the world have:
– Created over 50 chapters in 8 countries
– Shipped over 125,000 bikes to developing countries
– Helped to establish 200 Bicycle Empowerment Centres in 11 countries
– Trained hundreds of local people to manage the bike initiatives for the betterment of their communities
A BIKE IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD
We know a bike is a life changing object the world over.
In the developing world it is life changing on a different scale.
It allows access to health care, education, economic opportunity and wider community.
Sustainable transport is a big lever in breaking the poverty cycle – a bike means you can travel twice as far, twice as fast and carry four times the load – this alone is enough to provide a change in circumstance that is profound and lasting but there’s more to this project than just that.
Each of the 40 ft shipping containers that Bicycles For Humanity sends becomes a bike workshop – providing employment, skills, training, business, opportunity and economic development for the community in which it’s placed.
Each of these Bicycle Empowerment Centres (BEC) becomes a self sustaining entity – fitting very cleanly into the model of micro-financed small business that is lately seen as one of the central ways for the developing world to move away from aid dependence.