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Re~Cycle (Bikes to Africa) – A bike can change a life
Are you giving a bike for Christmas this year, and are stumped as to what to do with the old one (especially children’s bikes that they have outgrown)?
Re-Cycle collects unwanted bikes and ships them to Africa – up to 450 bikes at any one time.
Transport is either non-existent or prohibitively expensive for the majority of people in Africa. Simple, affordable transport creates income opportunities, saves time and energy.
Bikes are versatile enablers and with a little basic maintenance they can benefit a family for many years.
The average African woman walks roughly 4 hours a day. This time spent walking prevents them from working and taking care of their families. Whilst walking, they’re often subject to risk of harassment or even assault. With a bicycle, women are safer, and have more time to pursue opportunities and improve their families’ lives.
It’s not uncommon for children to face a 20 mile (32 km) round-trip to school, with many of the students who made it unable to concentrate, or falling asleep when they got there. With a bicycle this journey time can be significantly reduced, and some will attend school who would not otherwise be able. Students who cycle are also less tired and more able to focus on their studies.
Every bike we recycle can create immeasurable impact in an African village economy. Bicycles have proven to be an invaluable resource even in regions that have public transport.
Transport and development go hand-in-hand. Virtually everything traded, must be transported, and almost everyone needs wheels to get to work or school. Simple, affordable transport generates income opportunities in developing countries, as well as saving lots of time and back-breaking work.
In Britain, millions of bikes are thrown away or lie unused in sheds, whilst many people in Africa have no access to transport of any kind. People spend hours each day walking to collect water, firewood or to access health care, school and employment. A bicycle lightens this burden and dramatically improves their wellbeing as well as work and education opportunities helping to bring social change.
Re~Cycle represents a new breed of charity – offering 360-degree impact – where the donors, organisers, distributors, recipients and the environment as a whole all benefit in a complementary and sustainable way.
The people who donate the bikes
- Want to find a good home for their bike
- Like the extra space generated
- Are glad that they don’t have to throw the bike away
- Are delighted that its being put to such good use!
Our UK volunteers
- Contribute invaluably to our work
- Bring new ideas
- Learn new skills
- Gain confidence and self esteem
- Meet new people
- Bike projects add on to existing projects ie care of orphans
- Increase the value of bikes by building trailers & bicycle ambulances
- Create local employment
- Increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their outreach workers
- Provide bicycles as a tool of social change
Recipients in Africa
- Saved from long arduous, exhausting journeys on foot
- Can better carry water, fire wood and produce to markets
- Can better access education, health care and employment
- Have more time to be productive
- Gain employment repairing bikes, providing a local delivery service etc.
- Learn new skills in bike repair
- Bicycles are super eco-friendly
- Already manufactured so no energy or resources used
- Are non polluting
- Are easy to maintain and repair
- Don’t require expensive roads
- Sent by ship, low environmental impact
- Are appropriate for local road conditions
To find out more and to donate your old bike, visit Re-cycle’s website.