This weekend the three of us had a great time volunteering with the Village Bicycle Project, loading hundreds of used bicycles, parts, and new tools onto a container bound for Ghana. In the last decade, the all-volunteeer Village Bicycle Project has shipped more than 45,000 used bicycles to Africa. This weekend’s effort was hard work, fun, and also a celebration–we were loading the Project’s 100th container.
While spending time in rural east Africa, we had a chance to witness firsthand the importance of bicycles for village families. A bicycle can make all the difference in access to health care, education, markets, and other opportunities. Literally, a bicycle can lift a family out of poverty, and into sustainability. But the Village Bicycle Project doesn’t just throw bikes at people–they have a solid distribution process on the ground, providing tools and training in bicycle maintenance to individuals and communities, with an emphasis on involving women and girls. Good, good folks.
Check out the Project’s new website. They list all kinds of ways to donate bicycles at sites across the USA, donate money, or volunteer.
PS: If you are interested in bicycles in Africa, or bicycles in general, then head on over to Tom’s great blog Bikejuju.com.