Re~Cycle's first shipment for the new year has been successfully unloaded at the Village Bicycle Project in Accra, Ghana. More than 360 bicycles were loaded into Re~Cycle's final container of 2009, just two weeks before Christmas - which also included many spare parts, tools and accessories.
The shipment will be split between veteran recipient VBP and Re~Cycle's newest partner in Ghana - the Ezetela Bicycle Workshop, who will take a small number of bicycles and spares to kick-start their workshop before their own shipment arrives in February 2010.
The Village Bicycle Project will begin its outreach work for the new year by visiting a string of villages across the Western Region, where it will work with Peace Corp field staff to bring bicycles and maintenance classess to rural settlements.
As Rob is nears the end of the West African section of his epic cycle he finds the time to drop in on two active recipient partners in Ghana. The first stop was the Village Bicycle Project in Accra who will receive Re~Cycle's first shipment for 2010. Unfortunately, as Rob arrived the bicycles were still to leave the port of Tema - otherwise he would have no doubt been employed in the unloading effort! The VBP specialises in getting bicycles into rural villages and townships - where they are in most demand - and supports their distribution with maintenance training workshops.
Next stop was the Ezetela Bicycle Workshop in Dodowa - a small township just east of Accra. Ezetela is new partner being developed on-the-ground by two Re~Cycle volunteers. Rob was able to see first hand the beginings of a new recipient and talk through their ambitious plans for the future. Rob was also invited to speak to the children at one of the local sunday schools - who were thrilled to learn all about his 'home-on-wheels', which included a tent demonstration!