World Bicycle Relief

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World Bicycle Relief

World Bicycle Relief provides access to independence and livelihood through the power of bicycles. People in developing nations suffer everyday due to lack of transportation. Without access to education and economic opportunity, people live in poverty, and without access to healthcare, people die of treatable injuries and diseases. In rural Africa, children walk up to four hours each way to attend school and often even farther to reach clinics and markets. By taking valuable time away from education and work, walking long distances exacts a toll the poor cannot afford to pay. The bicycle is a simple, sustainable and effective tool for leveraging human effort: compared to walking, a bicycle quintuples carrying capacity and quadruples the distance a person can travel. World Bicycle Relief promotes comprehensive bicycle programs to improve healthcare, education and economic development outcomes for impoverished people. Specifically, they source sturdy, culturally appropriate bicycles for healthcare workers, students, farmers, and entrepreneurs and train and equip local bicycle mechanics.

Funding from the Caipirinha Foundation was used to support their Bicycles for Educational Empowerment Program (BEEP). In partnership with the Zambian Ministry of Education, World Vision, CRS, CARE International, and community-based organizations, World Bicycle Relief is carrying out this 50,000-bicycle program to improve Zambian children’s access to education. Funding from the Caipirinha Foundation supplied seven bicycles and assisted with local mechanics training.


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