When You Donate a Bike
You are giving a bike to a girl who is living at or below poverty level and are at risk of dropping out of school, or in need of transportation to get to and from school. We provide each girl with a new bike, helmet, bicycle pump, and extra tire tubes. We give 20 bikes at a time so that we can meet each of the girls.
We purchase our bikes from a small family-run bike shop. Our bikes are sturdy, but simple with a basket on the front and an extra cushioned seat and foot rests so that an additional child can ride safely on the back. All of our bikes are pink in color to be able to identify them easily, and to help prevent other kids from taking them in the school yards.
In 2015, we finally found a safe bike helmet being made in Vietnam, similar to what is used in Western countries. Each girl now receives a helmet and is trained on the proper fit and wear of the helmet. Our bike helmets are made by Protec-Tech Helmets.
Photo by Wesley Lapointe
“Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel…the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.” Susan B. Anthony