Last week we sent another container of bikes to the Bicycle Empowerment Network (BEN) in South Africa. A total of 422 bikes were shipped along with tools and spare parts needed to maintain them. Some of these bikes will be sent to a new Bicycling Empowerment Centre (BEC) in Montagu, approximately 150 miles North East of Cape Town.
Meet Prosper Dzandu, one of the Village Bicycle Project's master mechanics. Prosper joined the Village Bicycle Project in August 2013 after working on a project with Jason (VBP Country Director) in 2010. Originally a Kente weaver, he retrained as a bicycle mechanic, putting his meticulous skills to use to repair and maintain bicycles.
Another container has been loaded and is now on its way to The Bicycling Empowerment Network (BEN) in Namibia. On arrival the bikes will be shared between several of the 32 Bicycling Empowerment Centres (workshops) set up by BEN throughout the country. Most are in rural areas where public transport is non existent and where use of a bicycle will massively reduce journey times normally made on foot, improve the effectiveness of health workers and help generate and sustain local employment opportunities. Please see http://bennamibia.org/about-us-2/ for more information about the impact of bicycles in Namibia.
Many thanks as always for the many individuals, groups and organisations who donated the bicycles to us and trust that you will delighted at the power of a humble bicycle has to improve lives in Africa.
This week we have sent off another container to The Village Bicycle Project (VBP) in Ghana. This one was loaded with 441 bicycles and brought the total up to 148 shipments sent to Africa. VBP's Program Officer, Jason Finch will be visiting the UK at the end of August and we are looking forward to seeing him again and catching up on the latest news of their bicycle programs and the impact of the distribution of bikes to rural communities. Most of the bikes in the container were collected on our behalf by Halfords and we thank them and all of their customers who kindly took their unwanted bikes to their local Halfords store during the recent trade in event run over a 5 day period. Very well done and many thanks again to all of the Halfords staff and customers who contributed to the event's success.
The Isle of Wight branch was set up by the late Tony Harding and to date, has collected and delivered over 1200 bikes to Re~Cycle. The branch is now run and co-ordinated by Tony’s son, Antony Harding, who along with the local community continue Tony's legacy.
Following our recent relocation to our new warehouse in Wormingford, operations are now getting back to normal and we are currently loading the second container from our new premises and the 15th of 2014 (we did 16 in the whole last year) - this one is for The Village Bicycle Project in Ghana. We are very pleased to have started to recruit some new volunteers from the surrounding area and delighted that virtually all of our long term volunteers are making the effort to get to us, despite in many cases a slightly longer journey. Well done and thank you all.
This year two of our mechanics (Richard Evans and Chris Smith) and two of their friends (Robert Harwood and Stephen Reynolds) will be cycling over 1000 miles from Lands End to John O’Groats in aid of raising £25,000 for Re~Cycle.
Following last months’ introduction to Jason, the Country Director in Ghana for our partner - Village Bicycle Project, we’ve got some great news as to share regarding a Re~Cycle funded programme that ran over the month of March.
Re~Cycle is busier than ever and we are looking for someone to help with our increased success...
Part Time - 3 days a week (or equivalent, hours to be agreed)
Salary £16,500 pa, pro-rata
Millions of unwanted bicycles are rusting in garages or being thrown away in the UK, while in Africa, a four-hour daily walk is common. Mothers collect clean water, parents trek to the farm, factory or market, and children face a 20 mile walk to school and back.
What a day! On Wednesday the 9th of June, Re~Cycle brought together all its UK based partners to share their ideas and experiences. This was a brilliant opportunity for the partners to meet one another, discuss best practice and for us to get an understanding of how to better support our partners in 2014 and beyond!
We have now completed our move to our new warehouse at Wormingford, a few miles north of Colchester. Our new address is
Unit 8 The Grove Estate, Colchester Road, Wormingford, Colchester, CO6 3AJ
Tel: 01206 617865
Our new warehouse is only a few miles north of Colchester on the B1508 road to Bures. It is a couple of miles past West Bergholt on the right hand side just past a Z bend a mile before Wormingford village.