This year Re~Cycle has shipped 9,769 bikes to Africa. To celebrate, we've teamed up with our corporate partners Halfords, to offer one lucky winner a bike of their choice worth £500! To enter click here: http://a.pgtb.me/4f9b9D
Established in 1995, the Kaloko Trust is a UK-based charity, which works to relieve poverty and raise livelihoods in rural communities in Zambia, southern Africa.Re~Cycle has been working with the Kaloko Trust from some time now, but it wasn’t until 2009 that we shipped out first full container of bikes to a new bike project supported by The Kaloko Trust. Five years on and we’ve shipped nearly 3000 bicycles out to Zambia!
Ian Trought from Claygate has taken it upon himself to collect old bikes on Behalf of Re~Cycle! Ian has booked the Claygate Village Hall car park in Church Lane on the mornings of Saturday 8th and 15th of November, for people to donate their old bikes. He is hoping someone will be able to offer a location to store the bikes for a few days, before he hires a vehicle to take them to Re-Cycle HQ in Colchester.
You might have heard us say a bicycle is more than just a bicycle, but rarely has it been more true than for Moses Musukubili, a health worker and bike shop manager from Namibia’s Zambezi region. For Moses and the children in his care, bikes and bicycle maintenance mean food and a path to a better life.
This month we sent off a total of 1,286 bicycles to our partners in Ghana. The first shipment of 435 bicycles was sent to Ability Bikes Cooperative, a social enterprise bike shop that provides affordable transport options to the local community of Koforidua.
We sent a further two shipping containers filled with 851 bikes to the Village Bicycle Project. The first container was loaded at our HQ in Colchester and the second in Twickenham by our supporters Action Bikes.
To date we have sent a staggering 59,023 bikes to Africa. Research from the field has shown that the average household bike is used by 6 people, meaning that we've potentially helped as many as 354,138 people!
Hardcourt are exhibiting a number of exquisitely customised polo bike wheel covers at Look Mum No Hands! in Mare street. All the works will be available to buy via silent auction, with all proceeds going to Re~Cycle.
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.