Bicycles for Humanity is a global grassroots movement that provides the gift of mobility delivered by a bicycle to many in developing countries.
B4H volunteers have created over 50 chapters in 8 countries in the last 15 years. To date, 200 Bicycle Empowerment Centres have been created in 13 countries. Since its inception in 2005, more than 160,000 bikes have been shipped to developing countries and hundreds trained in how to manage the bike initiatives for the betterment of all in their community. The combined skill sets of our chapters in the developed and developing world is our greatest strength. We have the experience to ensure success globally for all and we are all volunteers. Now with our new Empowerment Kit model of delivering 10 to 15 high quality bikes to a team, group wanting to be bike guides and start a mountain bike park, or to youth who must show responsibility to their community to ride, we are taking our program to an entirely new level.
Bicycles for Humanity is a global grassroots movement that provides the gift of mobility delivered by a bicycle to many in developing countries. In addition to delivering bicycles, many B4H groups work with the local people to develop the skills to manage the bike programs and to ensure that the community realizes maximum value from the gifts of mobility that our chapters provide. Today, many of our chapters in the developing world, Karamoja, Uganda, South Africa, Namibia and Lesotho are mentoring and teaching other communities the skills to successfully manage bicycle initiatives, just as many chapters teach new chapters the program here. We are a pure global grassroots movement and we will always be. iEmpowerment.org is a sister organization that is focused no helping our partners provide better education, healthcare and opportunity to their people. Empowerment is what our grassroots movement is about and it will always be. in addition to entire containers of 500 bikes we call Bicycle Empowerment Centres, many chapters are proving our Skills Empowerment Centres, that contain 10 to 15 better bikes that can be used to empower and create added opportunity for many in a community.
A bicycle solves the problem of mobility and helps empower people to change their life. The mobility a bicycle provides allows people to travel greater distances in a shorter length of time and transport much more weight. Mothers can carry containers of water back to their village in a fraction of the time walking required. Students get to school faster saving precious daylight for studies. Parents transport more items to market to sell. Healthcare workers are 3 to 4 times more productive. In today’s technology connected world, we believe that a bicycle and a smart phone are the game changers in all of the developing world. Sending an entire container of 500 bikes , empowers an entire community. Our new Skill Empowerment Program, goes one step further, this program can bring incredible value and opportunity to youth, adults that want to build a cycling guiding business or to train to someday ride the Tour de France, while becoming true community leaders who inspire others in their communities every day.
B4H Chapters raise funds, collect bicycles and ship them to community-based organizations in developing countries. Bicycles are delivered in shipping containers that remain in the country and become community bicycle workshops called Bicycle Empowerment Centres. 100% of all donations are used to get bikes into the hands of those who need them. Today we are the largest globally at providing the gift of mobility a bicycle can deliver and we still have not spent a single cent on any overhead or staffing, we are a pure volunteer movement with an incredible skill set here and in the developing world on how to manage bike projects successfully. Our new Skills Empowerment Centre program will allow even more people to join our grassroots movement and directly help youth programs, young adults and athletes gain a better life through the use of a bicycle while being great community leaders.