Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can
change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead
"In order to change an existing paradigm you do not struggle to try and change the problematic model. You create a new model and make the old one obsolete.That, in essence, is the higher service to which we are all being called." ~ Buckminster Fuller ~
Bicycles for Humanity Way
When we began, our goal was to provide the gift of mobility a bicycle can deliver to community health workers in need of the gift of mobility. We believed that a new model of development was needed, grassroots development, where there was no central staff, overhead or administration of any kind. Before we knew it many others wanted to join this model and so the Bicycles for Humanity Global Movement was born. Today, 14 years later, we continue to grow with inspired volunteers taking their chapter in whatever direction inspires them.
As our chapter team reached out globally, partnering and establishing new BEC's or Bicycle Empowerment Centres across all of Africa, again, we counted on a grassroots model to establish and grow the centres and as teams from both worlds worked together, even greater opportunity flowed to all. Our core programs are focused on helping people in he developed owrld learn the skills to manage Bicycle Empowerment Centres and then to teach groups in the developed world the process of collecting and sending bikes, plus what to expect from their partners they ship to.
The more we worked together, our partners were continually asking for access t o better education , healthcare and opportunity for their people. Schools have few books and teachers were not paid, plus it was real skills that were needed and so we created the B4H Cycling Academy to not only teach all how to join our program, but the skills that were needed that they could share with their community.
BEC's, Bicycle Empowerment Centers and SEC's Skills Empowerment Centers fit together and we hope our partners continue to expand the programs, with the goal of having thousands of BEC's and SEC's across all of the developing world.
Sharing ideas, working together, inspiring others, making a difference and in doing so, hopefully making the world a better place is who we are as a movement and we welcome everyone to join us on this simple journey of change and empowerment.
Humanity Rocks the global B4H Team.