Bicycles for Humanities roots are in providing the gift of mobility to a community through our BEC, or Bicycle Empowerment Centre Program that ships a 40 foot container of 500 bikes to a community. This program has delivered over 160,000 biked to 13 countries and it continues to grow.Originally driven from the developed world side, we are encouraging the people of Africa to learn the skills needed to be able to find partners to send a BEC, plus the skills to manage this program effectively.
Sending an entire container of bikes is a lot of work and the bikes are usually low end or starter bikes. In recent years we have started to see the growth of road and mountain biking in Africa. many in communities across the continent are looking for higher quality bikes so that the youth can develop the skills to succeed in these sports. With much higher quality bikes needed, plus the support gear, helmets, cycling shoes, clothing and other related equipment, we thought about how to solve this problem and came up with an entirely new program, we call a SEC or a Skills Empowerment Centre. This program allows a club or a team access to higher quality bikes to use, but they also must be great community champions and empower many in their community.
Leadership on a bike and Leadership in one's own community are equally important and so, from the outset, our SEC model teaches both, ensuring leaders with the skills to make it in cycling snd in life .
By showing leadership in their community, we believe they will inspire cyclists, clubs, bike shops to join them and support the ongoing development of their team or cycling club. Under each section, we will go into greater detail about the program and the courses needed to become leaders or Champions in each area.