The founders of Bicycles for Humanity and the B4H Cycling Academy believe that efficient markets and the high value knowledgeable players in those markets win. The traditional NGO, Non Government Organizaiton , that is providing education, healthcare and opportunity today is highly inefficient with the bulk of the monies going to support their growing staff and infrastructure. What little money reaches the developing world, usually is used for focused one on one training , with very little thought given to how it can scale or benefit others. Donor money intended to make a difference never does, with less than 10% even getting to the people and only then, to a very small number.
In a globally connected internet world, where smart phones numbers are increasing everywhere, we believe that the delviery of great learning conent, the ability to testand accredit online, coupled with online mentoring platforms is not only far more efficient, but it allows the people to share their knowledge and experiences freely inorder to help others.
To this end, B4H Cycling Academy will always be a free resource for all globally. The ability to educate and train efficiently, while being able to connect and organize team together across the entire developing world, creates enormous opportunity for all.
Our roots are in mobility, we simply believe that a bicycle is a gamechanger for all in the developing world. With the perfect storm hitting the bike industry in the developed world, bike share, ebikes and online sales, tens of millions more bikes will be discarded each year. We believe this represents a significant opportunity for all in the developing world to learn new skills and build new reltionships to begin to move that flow of discarded bikes from the 20 to 30,000 each year to million of bikes each year. To do this, new models are needed, new skills needed and new networks of people coming together that believe a bicycle can and does make a difference.
If our model works for bikes, it works for everything, better education, better health care and most importantly, better opportunity for a bettter life for all.