Transport and development go hand-in-hand. Virtually everything traded, must be transported, and almost everyone needs wheels to get to work or school. Simple, affordable transport generates income opportunities in developing countries, as well as saving lots of time and back-breaking work.
In Britain, millions of bikes are thrown away or lie unused in sheds, whilst many people in Africa have no access to transport of any kind. People spend hours each day walking to collect water, firewood or to access health care, school and employment. A bicycle lightens this burden and dramatically improves their wellbeing as well as work and education opportunities helping to bring social change. A bicycle cuts travel time to a fraction and can carry passengers and heavy loads. Bikes give families the extra time to earn, learn and enjoy life.
The ever growing list below shows the countries that the bikes have been sent to since we started shipping to Africa in 1998. Some of the projects that we have shipped to are sadly no longer active but we are currently shipping regularly to our partners in Ghana (2), Namibia, S. Africa, Malawi, Zambia, Kenya and most recently to The Gambia. We have now sent more than 130 container shipments containing over 49,000 bicycles (for current total please see below)- all thanks to the donations of bikes, time and money from our many wonderful supporters. Very many thanks to all who have supported our work.
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Richard, our head (Cytech 3) mechanic has just come back from two partners and we had a debrief in Colchester yesterday, looking at how the training went and getting general feedback on how the partners were doing.
Glad's House is doing very well and would like a significant number more bikes, perhaps 8 containers next year, up from 3. The workshop is still very organised after our last trip there, and the mechanic skill level is impressive, including a guy who can repair thumb shifters. Main request is for many more spare parts to be sent on future shipments
Richard visited our prospective new partner, Wheels of Africa, and they seem to be well organised and already receiving bikes from the USA
Also met with Chris Froome and his mentor David Kinjh - who are looking at setting up a bike project
Kaloko trust was harder to deliver the training due to a lack of tools and spare parts. The plan is to send 3 tool kits and to increase communication (can be tricky with sketchy phone lines and 'intermittent' internet)
At the meeting were Derek (Operations and Partnerships) Jennie (new London Manager), Emma (admin), Leon (Warehouse Supervisor), Kelley (Fundraiser) and Merlin (CEO).
Thanks to Guernsey Overseas Aid Commission (GOAC) for the grant for shipping, tools and to deliver mechanic training to five of our partners.
We've submitted our Annual Report to the Charity Commission and you can read it here - www.re-cycle.org/About/Downloads
Many thanks to all those who helped prepare the document and figures :)
Over the past nine months we have grown as planned, but it is worth noting that most of our reserves are either allocated to future restricted costs and/or to meet our reserves policy.
One of of our American friends is crowdfunding to develop a cheap robust gear shifter, to be made locally, which is exactly what our African Partners need :)
I've put in some money - please have a look and consider doing the same
Re~Cycle is looking for someone to help our ambitious expansion plans......
- Overall responsibility for managing our new London operations
- Coordinating employees, volunteers and bike donors
- Sourcing support and funds from the city
Full Time 38 hours per week but with some flexibility
Salary £32,000 - £36,000 depending on experience
Re~Cycle are delighted to announce we have a new drop off point in the West Midlands area which will operate until 30 October. Many thanks to Bluebox Self Storage who have kindly provided a 20 foot shipping container to store bikes for free.
Bikes can be dropped off at:
Bluebox Self Storage.co.uk, Unit 14, Station Road, Coleshill, Warwickshire, B46 1HT; between 09.00 and 17.00 Monday to Friday; plus 10.00 to 12.30 on Saturday 21 September and 12 October only. On weekdays ask for Lee Smith.
The collections and transport of the bikes to Colchester is co-ordinated by Michael Groll.
Tel. 01675 467785
The collection point is 800m from Coleshill Parkway train station, just south of the Station Road / Rose Road junction.
For more information on Bluebox Self Storage Limited visit:
http://www.blueboxselfstorage.co.uk or phone: 01675 470900.
Many Thanks to Michael Groll and Bluebox Storage for making this drop-off point possible!
20 years ago today, Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play.
15 years ago today (well more or less), in July 1998, Re~Cycle shipped it's first container of bicycles to Afribike in South Africa. Since then a total of 127 full containers have been sent to 15 different countries. Thats a total of more than 47,000 bikes and hundreds of thousands of spare parts. It is thought that each bike may be shared by up to 6 people so we have enabled more than a quarter of a million people have access to affordable transport. Alongside this hundreds of bicycle mechanics jobs have been created in Africa at the projects and workshops run by our partners and we have offered volunteer opportunities to thousands of people in the UK who have helped collect, prepare and load the containers. Lastly but not least, tens of thousands of people in the UK have donated bikes and/or money to make it happen.
That's a mighty number of people that Re~Cycle has had the privilage to have worked with or supported and we send our thanks and very best wishes to each and every one.
We're here (stand 23) and have Never seen so many Brompton's! Their world Championship tomorrow, come along.
Our home built pedal powered scalectrix is going down well, as is our Buzzer competition, and we've sold some bike chain picture frames and coat hooks.
Thanks to the four volunteers, especially Jay for building the track and Jo for the first ever 'Re~Cycle cake'.
Camping is luxurious - very well organised event :)
We'll post photos when we have better connection...
Venue = Goodwood (17 minute bike ride from Chichester station)
Re~Cycle's running a stall
This is the first time for this event, run by a Brighton friend of mine, looks like fun!
Re~Cycle is one of their charity partners
Family rides, races, workshops, food, Brompton World Championships...
We have just gone through our busiest period ever and have shipped 3 containers in double quick time filled with bikes and spare parts to Africa.
On 24th June we sent a container loaded with 449 bikes to BEN Namibia. At the same time that the container was uplifted, an second empty container was dropped off that was filled with 401 bikes for Ability Bikes in Ghana and picked up 3 days later. Then on Saturday 6th July the third container was filled with 408 bikes destined for The Village Bicycle Project also in Ghana. These bikes were all donated by customers of Action Bikes in London - good guys one and all - see news story below for more information.
Having a rest this week but will be loading another very soon - watch this space.