Bicycles for Humanity is a pure grassroots movement, it started that way and it will always be grassroots with no overhead of any kind. What brings us together is the simple belief that a bicycle can and does make a difference. Many NGO’s are bound by regulations, boards, deep management teams and they must stay within defined or imposed boundaries, follow the rules and do what is expected. B4H allows everyone who wants to make a difference and to help change lives to do so in the way they think makes sense and how they can best add value. In short, you can be as creative as you like, spend as much time as you want and build programs, partnerships and fundraising initiatives that make sense to you. Best of all, you can build relationships with many in the developing world and by working closely with them to implement programs, you are helping transfer valuable business and entrepreneurial skills.
In 12 short years, we grew to over 50 chapters, about 30 active at any one time and we have established over 200 BEC’s and in total delivered about 125,000 bicycles to Africa to the end of 2015. The key to our success has been telling the story of the need for bicycles in the developing world and hopefully inspiring many to join a pure movement and make a direct and meaningful difference.
Our model works, but we have run into a new set of challenges. Word of our program has spread across all of Africa and today, we have over 400 requests to join our program, by communities and cycling clubs in need of bikes. This presents many challenges and opportunities. To scale to meet the need, and yet stay grassroots, we hope we can inspire you to join our movement and together with our partners in the developing world help us all grow together.
Traditionally, chapters collect and fund the bikes to the closest African port and we relied on other groups to fund the in-country costs of trucking and tax’s. For many countries like Uganda, inland shipping costs can be expensive, along with related tax’s and duties to get the bikes in.
With 10 million bicycles landing in landfills every year, and with B4H shipping about 25,000 bikes a year, we have a long way to go especially when the need is so great. Today, we are the largest globally and we are not even close to meeting the need. If we can grow to hundreds and then thousands of B4H, chapters that together we can help many in need with the gift of mobility, opportunity, and a better life. The following sections will provide you a greater detail of the programs. We hope you consider joining our exciting, inspiring and life changing movement.