Skills Empowerment Centre in memory of Paul Sherwen
At our core, we have always believed that a bicycle and a smart phone are the game changers for all in the developing world. Over the years we have implemented the iEmpowerment program with many of our BEC's in Africa but now with the SEC, or Skills Empowerment Program, we hope to take empowerment to an entirely new level.
Over the years, many of our best bikes we shipped ended up in shared pools and were used as a community resource to be used by all. To gain access to a bike, youth had to do community projects, they had to stay in school and they needed to show leadership skills in their respective communities. We have seen this model flourish with road, mountain and bmx bikes plus where pump tracks were created.
We thought the idea of a shared resource where individuals become community champions was so good, that we decided to make it a formal product in honour of our friend and a founding member of the Bicycles for Humanity Team, Paul Sherwen, who passed away in November of 2018
The ideas of the SEC, or Skills Empowerment Centre is really simple and empowering on many levels.
Once a team, cycling club, road or mountain, or a community leader has taken the related courses and they have signed on to be great community leaders, than we find a partner club or business for that group.
For the team or chapter here, they are not only providing 10 to 15 higher quality road, mountain or bmx bikes, plus al related equipment to equip the entire team, but they are playing a part in building real community champions and great riders that everyone ca nee proud of.
How it Works
Finding space for a 40 foot container and 500 bikes, is a real challenge for many to organize. The SEC model which packs about 10 to 15 high quality bikes, plus related shoes, helmets, clothing, pedals, spare tools etc onto a pallet is much more efficient to ship anywhere globally for about $500 to $750 from any location to Africa. Every rider, road or mountain has great old equipment, that full suspension 26 inch mountain bike, or the old titanium road bike now that you have a carbon bike, is great for the Sec program, but not much value to you anymore. Now your old bike and gear, not only builds a new generation of riders, but more importantly, it builds champions we can all be proud of.
The team receiving the SEC, will as a part of their agreement create a Facebook site to tell their story of the bikes and the difference they made to their lives and those in their community. We also encourage you to tape your email address on the frame, so that the team can send you updates as to the journey of your bike.
Lets get Started
We think the SEC program is terrific for any individual who wants to make a difference, but it is really ideas for a bike shop or cycling club to adapt a community and team in Africa. Now your members and clients can follow the progress of your team and the good they are doing.