The Asante Akim Multipurpose Community Telecentre
Target beneficiaries included students, teachers and local farmers. We have not shipped to them for several years since their focus shifted to running IT and other training courses sponsored by the Ghanaian government.
A flagship bicycle repair workshop is now very sadly closed although Prosper, one of the mechanics that was trained has now set up his own small bicycle repair workshop in Dodowa.
We shipped to this partner in Winter 2008, to a project called "Beyond Bikes", based in the capital, Maseru set up by UK charity Sentebale. Sentebale was founded by Prince Harry and Lesotho's Prince Seeiso to help the forgotten victims of poverty and of the HIV/Aids epidemic ravaging this kingdom. The project has now sadly been discontinued and Sentebale are concentrating on other areas.
A bike workshop was set up as a micro-enterprise for graduates of a Don Bosco College. Shipments were sent in 2004, 2005 & 2006. The project struggled with various issues including a shipment of bicycles being held up for many months by Liberian customs officials. The shipment was finally released after Merlin appealed for assistance from the Liberian High Commission in London.
A medical outreach charity. The bikes are used to support a motorbike ambulance project. If someone needs an ambulance, a family member can use one of the bikes to cycle to the health centre to raise the alarm - photo here.
Our first partner in Africa that closed down but from the ashes the better founded Bicycling Empowerment Network project arose who continue to be very successful
The Bicycle Sponsorship Project & Workshop
We partnered with a German fund raising group and sent a container of bicycles and woodworking machinery in 2008. The German group are now focused on raising money to send to Uganda for the purchase of new Chinese Bicycles
Based in Dar es Salaam. First shipment of bicycles dispatched in a 20' container on 6 January 2011.