We know a bicycle is a life changing object the world over.
In the developing world it is life changing on a different scale.
It allows access to health care, education, economic opportunity and wider community.
Sustainable transport is a big lever in breaking the poverty cycle – a bicycle means you can travel twice as far, twice as fast and carry four times the load – this alone is enough to provide a change in circumstance that is profound and lasting but there’s more to this project than just that.
Each of the 40 ft shipping containers that Bicycles For Humanity sends becomes a bicycle workshop – providing employment, skills, training, business, opportunity and economic development for the community in which it’s placed.
Each of these Bicycle Empowerment Centres (BEC) becomes a self sustaining entity – fitting very cleanly into the model of micro-financed small business that is lately seen as one of the central ways for the developing world to move away from aid dependence.
Bicycles For Humanity Melbourne was founded by Matt McCullough and Andy Gild in 2008 as the first Australian Bicycles for Humanity (B4H) chapter. We are completely volunteer run and governed by a committee of 8 members.
We are very proud to be part of this global grass-roots movement and have seen first hand how effective the model of Bicycle Empowerment Centres can be in the developing world.
Bicycles for Humanity Melbourne is an incorporated association and registered charity with ACNC and registered for fund raising within Victoria, Australia.