Thanks to your generous support, we've just delivered our 60,000th bike to Stephen, an orphan aged 16 in Mombasa, Kenya.
We are indebted to all of you who helped achieve this incredible milestone, improving the lives of over 360,000 people.
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The need for bicycles in Africa
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.
Roughly 1-2% of the bikes donated to Re~Cycle are either unsuitable for Africa (such as thin framed racing bikes) or are bikes with disc brakes which are parts that are not readily available in Africa and thus less likely to be usable. Instead of recycling these bikes we sell them at the local Colchester University and our warehouse in Colchester, generating a sustainable income to help cover our running costs. These bikes are sold at affordable prices starting at £75 and many of these bikes are sold to students or people just starting out as cyclists and therefore looking for a good bargain.
Re~Cycle is delighted to have given its 60,000th bike from the UK to a new owner in Mombasa, Kenya. Stephen, an orphan aged 16 in south-west Kenya, said: “I had never gotten a bike of my own. So I am very grateful and happy for being given this bike”.
Stephen was living on the streets from the age of 10, after having troubles at home. He attended a street soccer programme run by Re~Cycle’s partner organisation in Kenya, Glad’s House. Through Glad’s House he received support, education and counselling sessions. The bike will enable Stephen to get around Mombasa quickly, getting to and from school.
Thousands of young people live on the streets of Mombasa, Kenya. For these children life has always been a struggle for survival, often leading to the misuse of alcohol, drugs and a life of crime. Glad’s House purpose is to help as many ‘street children & youths’ as possible so that they can lead a ‘normal life’ and realise their potential.