The Great Bike Recycle provides an easy and credible way for people to donate their unused bicycles and parts, to be refurbished and distributed to new refugees and low-income community members in and around Toronto.
HOPE, ONE BICYCLE AT A TIME
In many rural parts of the developing world, basic services such as health care are out of reach. Often the biggest obstacle is transportation. The majority of rural Malawians must walk 15 km or 3-4 hours to the nearest Health Centre. This is a significant reason why rural Malawians are delaying care and disease is spreading.
Home-based care initiatives are revolutionizing the Health System in Africa. Community Health Workers are traveling into remote villages to deliver vital health services, acting as traveling Health Centres. Community Health Workers go from village-to-village, house-to-house, walking upwards of 5 hours a day. Workers lack the transportation network to be able to access all the rural or remote communities where they are needed most. As a consequence, many of these communities receive woefully inadequate health care. Health Workers simply lack the means to reach these communities.
Bikes Without Borders invests in the infrastructure of communities by providing new bikes and bicycle ambulances to Community Health Workers. Having access to a reliable bike means these workers can cover greater distances, reaching more patients, and increasing the health of rural communities.