Bicycles For Humanity is a world wide, grass roots, volunteer run organisation focused on simple, sustainable empowerment in the developing world. We do this in the most transparent and practical way by sending unused donated bikes from the developed world to our partner organisations in various countries in need.
A bike allows someone to travel twice as far, twice as fast and carry four times the load. In the countries in which we work a bike can mean access to education, health care, fresh water, economic opportunity and community. Breaking the cycle of poverty by providing sustainable transport for one person impacts not only their life but also the lives of their families, communities and future generations.
Our primary partner in Africa is Bicycle Empowerment Network Namibia who have been implementing shipping containers of bikes as Bicycle Empowerment Centres across Namibia, and now Zambia, for the past six years. You can read more about this highly successful model here.
Bicycles For Humanity kicked off in Australia in the last quarter of 2008 and now has three chapters based in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. Over the past 4 years we have collected, packed and shipped thousands of bikes to our partner BEN Namibia. These shipments have created and resupplied many highly successful Bicycle Empowerment Centres in Namibia and Zambia. As well as providing cheap sustainable transport for whole regions these workshops provide skills training, employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for the communities in which they are placed.
The project continues to grow. It is driven by passionate people who see the clear practicality and transparency of connecting an unused resource with a clear need.
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