Re~Cycle is looking to expand its African partner base, particularly by partnering with medium size NGOs working in several places.
Pages for African Partners
Information and resources for our African partners on parts, tools, problems and fixes.
A good year for Re~Cycle
New partner, The Wonder Years Centre of Excellence, in Gambia
We set ourselves an ambitious target of sending 12 shipments this year (we sent 9 in 2011). Sadly our relocation to new premises that took place in September disrupted our shipping plans for the latter part of the year and we ended up only shipping 9 containers from January to December 2012. However, 2013 started with flourish and we shipped 6 containerloads in the first 5 months and are hoping that we will set a new record for number of bikes shipped.
9 Shipments sent in 2011
January - Glad's House Bikes, Mombasa, Kenya
- Shipment loaded 28 & 29 January
- 390 bikes shipped - but sadly no Royal Mail bikes in stock
February - Ghana, Village Bicycle Project & Ezetala
- Shipment loaded 25 & 26 Feb
- 365 bikes loaded including 72 ex. Royal Mail bikes
- Container purchased to stay with Ezetala for conversion to workshop
We have set ourselves a very provisional target of sending 24 shipments this year (we sent 9 in 2012 and are aiming to send 16 in 2013).
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 set up by Jason Finch (who is now Projects Manager for The VIllage Bicycle Project in Ghana). 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.
The aim is to make the bikes as compact as possible both in height and in width to enable as many bikes as possible to be loaded at a time. The more bikes we fit into a container, the better value for money the container will be. Even an extra inch saved in the width per bike can mean an extra 20 bikes being loaded.
BEN Namibia asked aouut where they can get the gear chain / toggle chain.
Pashley advises that Sturmey Hubs are NOT M10.5, they are 13/32 BSC. Try Chronos Ltd or a similar company.
If you tell us what type of toggle chain / spindle is required we may be able to look at this further.
This page is for our African partners for any technical issues about bike tools.
We get donations of 'normal' tools, such as spanners, files, vices, from our partners organisations, Tools With a Mission (TWAM) and Tools for Self Reliance (TFSR). This tends to be more for start up projects, though please ask if you need something.