MORE THAN JUST A BICYCLE
Thank you, SG Fleet Group, for your generous donation of 60 bicycles. The Buffalo Bicycles that you donated have gone to students like these at Sivilie Secondary School in the Kakamega County of Kenya. Your contribution has helped make a significant difference in the lives of the recipients of the Buffalo Bicycles as well as their community.
At World Bicycle Relief, we believe that education is essential for ending the cycle of disease and poverty in vulnerable communities around the world. To these students, a bicycle is not a toy, it is a way of overcoming the challenge of distance that often keeps them from obtaining an education and achieving their goals.
Buffalo Bicycles are simple, durable bicycles that are designed for rural terrain and carrying heavy cargo. They are assembled in our local facilities to help guarantee quality and create jobs for local people.
Along with the donation of bicycles to students, our Bicycles for Educational Empowerment Program (BEEP) includes training select members of the community to form the Bicycle Supervisory Committee (BSC). This body is created as an accountability structure to manage BEEP and inform us on the progress of the program at their school.
Bicycle recipients are selected based on distance traveled and vulnerability criteria established by the BSC and the committee creates guidelines and procedures to ensure that the bicycles are looked after and utilized properly. The BSC meets monthly and reports back to our team on any issues they face and improvements made by the recipients.
We also train a field mechanic in the community who can fix the bicycles, fit spare parts and complete regular preventative maintenance. Field mechanic training keeps our programs rolling and leads to increased economic opportunities for mechanics, families, and communities.
BICYCLE DISTRIBUTION CEREMONY
The Buffalo Bicycles are a special gift and really make an impact in the lives of the recipients as well as their communities. Our recipient schools host a special Bicycle Distribution Ceremony, full of joy and celebration.
At the ceremony, students (together with their parents or guardians) sign a contract whereby the bicycle becomes their personal property after graduation. Students agree to attend classes regularly and are encouraged to use the bicycle for improving household livelihood, provided this does not interfere with school attendance.