World Bicycle Relief®
In sub-Saharan Africa, there are 550 million people whose main mode of transport is walking.
Everyday tasks can quickly become a struggle against time and fatigue. The lack of efficient, reliable transportation adversely affects economic and social development in regions where distance is a barrier.
A high-quality bicycle in a rural area is a powerful, cross-cutting tool that immediately improves livelihoods and educational and healthcare outcomes. A bicycle connects people to markets, schools, and healthcare and allows individuals and communities to accomplish much more in a single day.
EXAMPLES OF INDIVIDUALS AND COMMUNITIES MOBILISED BY BICYCLES
Learn how a rural community in Zambia has been transformed with access to high quality bicycles.
See how these individuals have changed their lives:
The biggest barrier to education is often the physical act of getting to school. Tasked with many more domestic chores than boys and a lack of support from the community, it’s common for girls to fall behind or drop out of school altogether because of the cultural obstacles they face. For girls that could mean ending up in child marriage.
Providing bicycles to children, especially girls, empowers them with knowledge and ultimately changes the course of their lives. World Bicycle Relief distributes bicycles to students through their Bicycles for Educational Empowerment Program (BEEP) in rural regions of the developing world. They believe education is the key to ending the cycle of poverty and disease. That’s why we like to help them get more bicycles into the hands of people who need them most.