What We Do
Bicycles for Humanity, Seattle (B4HS) is dedicated to shipping thousands of bicycles to South Africa every year to help poor and impoverished villagers improve their lives with transportation. Our goal is 2 containers and 1000 bikes a year, to needy villagers in South Africa annually.
Two Wheels Can Change a Life
Why are bikes so important in South Africa? There is very little modern transportation as we know it in the Kwa-Zulu Natal region, very few buses or trains. Bicycles can help health care workers reach distant villages that have no medical facilities.
Because the high incidence of HIV has caused the orphan population to literally explode, our donated bicycles can help South African children travel miles to school where a hot lunch—possibly the only full meal of the day—and an education await.
And, in an area where one out of every two people is unemployed, bikes can also help a villagers get to work or start a small business.
Who Receives the Bikes?
The bikes go to women, who spend more time walking than men—gathering food, water, and firewood; children, who face long walks to school and arrive too tired to learn, or simply don’t attend; healthcare workers, who walk long distances to provide medication and help to people living with HIV/AIDS and malaria in their homes; unemployed people, who start bike shops, delivery businesses, tourism ventures or spin off projects making trailers, racks and other add-ons.
From Seattle to South Africa
B4H Seattle is collecting bikes for the KwaZulu-Natal region in South Africa, an area with 10.6 million residents, 50% unemployment, and 39% HIV. We will be organizing bike drives throughout 2013 with churches, businesses, and community service organizations. When 500 bikes are collected, they will be shipped to South Africa via cargo container. There, local community leaders will distribute the bikes to villagers of the area.