World Bicycle Relief (WBR) is a non-for-profit organisation founded in America in 2006 that creates and distributes bicycles to countries throughout Africa to places where communities have no other means of transport other than walking. They also train people within these communities up as mechanics to maintain the bikes and give people jobs. The founder of this charity, Frederick K Day, is also the founder of one of the biggest bicycle parts company in America called SRAM. He started WBR in response to the tsunami disaster in 2006 and since then over 100,000 specially designed bikes has been distributed and nearly 1000 mechanics trained in countries such as Zambia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Malawi, and Botswana.
WBR has delivered these bikes in partnership with many other non-for-profit partners in the field like Africare, UNICEF, and Catholic Relief Services and most prominently with World Vision and the delivery of their HIV/Aids Program. WBR don’t just see a bike as a bike but more as “an engine for economic & cultural empowerment” where communities can pave their own way of living in a way that is culturally relevant, specific and diverse in its application.
To find out more about them check out their website at www.worldbicyclerelief.org