Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland
Bikes4Africa – a new charitable joint venture between JOLE Rider and RIBI Rotarians
Building on 8 years of successful collaboration
JOLE RIDER launched as an approved Rotary organisation at the 2011 RIBI Conference in Dublin.
So far we have delivered 14,000 bikes to schools in Africa, giving access to education for children who live long distances from school.
Now, three RIBI Rotarians together with directors of JOLE RIDER have set up a joint venture to expand the programme across RIBI and Africa. Working with Clubs across all Districts of RIBI, Bikes4Africa aims to send a further 5,000 bikes in the next 12 - 18 months with the expanded involvement of Clubs. A new logistical system for the storage and movement of many hundreds of bikes, across all Districts, will make the Programme accessible to every Club in RIBI.
Hans Rosling, a co-initiator of Médecins sans Frontièrs, said:
“The bicycle is a surprisingly effective means of escaping rural poverty.
It boosts the income, health and education of the family more effectively than most other investments.”
The impact bikes have on education was immediately recognised by Programme partners, The Gambian Education Ministry. Improved attendance at school had a significant effect on academic results, extending to whole schools and far beyond the children lucky enough to be loaned a school bike.
One bike for one student in one rural African school will impact positively on a host of individuals, extending to the peers and families of the students. The benefits of the Bikes4Africa programme are many and at home they include the engagement of prison inmates who refurbish the bikes and the wider community, including schools, helping in the collection of bikes.
This makes Bikes4Africa a truly rounded and comprehensive programme for permanent change in our global society.
“You can’t have a developing Africa without education.
These school kids – they are the future of Africa.
It is they who will change their countries –
they who will change their continent.”
Jon Snow - patron, journalist and broadcaster
Bikes4Africa is a tangible, accessible, and easy to engage with project, targeting poverty, education and gender equality. It also impacts positively upon employment and local economies. Every bike we deliver gets a child to school, on time, fresh and alert, instead of late and exhausted from a long walk.
The very humble and simple bike, just like the one lying dormant in every shed, can transform the lives and futures of so many young people.
Perhaps you would like to join us and help make that change happen?
If your Club hasn't worked with us before, and to date over 200 Clubs across the whole of RIBI have, please contact us about how best to support our Bikes4Africa programme.
Your support in raising funds, giving hands-on help at events, and collecting bikes around the country will be truly valuable.
As a Rotary Member you may like to join our Mailing List to stay posted.
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Badge A Bike makes a personal connection between the donor and a child’s future success at school.
A pre-numbered badge is affixed to a bike carrying a personal message from the donor.
All Badged bikes are tracked in Africa so we know exactly where the bike goes and even who’s riding it.
Badge A Bike is a valuable initiative to help get more children to school in Africa by bike.
Badge A Bike today - and set in motion a child’s future.