The impact of Climate Ride goes far beyond the 3 rides throughout the US, the hike in Glacier National Park and our independent challenge events. The impact of Climate Ride is spread across the world through our network of incredible beneficiaries. World Bicycle Relief is one organization that uses Climate Ride grants to support programs around the globe.
In a blog about Jake Gray’s experience riding for World Bicycle Relief on Climate Ride, he said, “The 2013 NYC-DC ride was nothing short of INCREDIBLE! Literally, everything about it was awesome and I seriously encourage anyone who has any interest in cycling, hiking, nature, climate change or advocacy (or all of the above) to get on board with one of their events.”
When asked for an update on their work, this is what World Bicycle Relief had to report:
“Since the start of 2014, World Bicycle Relief has supplied more than 13,000 Buffalo bicycles in and beyond Africa addressing an often overlooked but critical aspect to economic growth and development — transportation. World Bicycle Relief continues to grow our reach and impact in the field by combining an innovative social enterprise model and donor dollars, raised through fundraising activities like the Climate Ride events or individual fundraisers. Thanks to our incredible donors and supporters, here are some of the successful partnerships and programs that have launched this year, resulting in more high-quality, and specially-designed bicycles in the hands of those who need them most.
WORLD BICYCLE RELIEF LAUNCHES LARGEST-EVER PROGRAM FOR GIRLS EDUCATION IN ZIMBABWE
World Bicycle Relief has teamed up with World Vision to launch our most ambitious program to-date to improve attendance and learning outcomes of 48,997 girl students in Zimbabwe. Over the next three years, World Bicycle Relief will supply over 70,000 bicycles into a holistic and innovative program that aims to transform girls’ education and empowerment in rural communities.
ING BANK FUELS MORE BICYCLES FOR EDUCATION IN THE PHILIPPINES
ING Bank, a Dutch financial institution, in partnership with World Vision and World Bicycle Relief, has launched its “Orange Bike Project” which aims to sponsor 5,000 bicycles over 5 years, enabling 5,000 children to get to school by cycling. This July, the project will kick off with its first 600 bikes in the field, helping even more people overcome distance and get access to education.
INNOVATIVE BICYCLE PROGRAM TO ADDRESS TB CRISIS IN KENYA
In partnership with PATH, World Bicycle Relief has provided 1,100 bicycles as well as field mechanic training to healthcare workers in Kenya to address tuberculosis in rural communities. Bicycles in the hands of caregivers will result in increased TB screenings, patient follow up, and referrals for those who need lifesaving care.
BEEP EXPANDS TO MUCHINGA PROVINCE, ZAMBIA
World Bicycle Relief continues to put bicycles in the hands of students in Zambia and is now implementing BEEP programs in seven of 10 provinces in Zambia. Our newest expansion into Muchinga province in May started with a bicycle distribution at Mpumba Primary School in partnership with the Ministry of Education and our field partner, Action Aid. World Bicycle Relief plans to provide over 7,700 bicycles to even more schools in Zambia in 2014.
Thank you Climate Ride participants and donors for your continued support and for mobilizing more individuals in developing parts of the world.” You can learn more about World Bicycle Relief by emailing Jen, following their facebook, or visiting their website.
At Climate Ride, we are currently in the middle of our Annual Fund and Bike Giveaway Campaign. By donating to Climate Ride’s Annual fund, you are supporting the programs of Climate Ride and allowing us to continue to increase our support of our beneficiaries like World Bicycle Relief.