Saturday, January 8, 2011

Inmates in the UK repair bikes and donate to schoolchildren

I love stuff like this. I'll let them explain.

From the article:

Inmates at Gloucester prison in the UK are spending some of their free time (and you have a lot of that in prison) repairing donated bikes which are then shipped by Jole Rider to a partner organisation in Gambia, Africa. Once there, the bikes can change kids lives by allowing them to get to school. Bikes remain school property, with teachers allocating them to the students who need them most. When a child graduates from school, their bike is re-allocated to another child, multiplying the long-term
impact of each bike. 

The article goes on to say, once 333 bikes are finished, they are packed and shipped to Africa in a container. You know what, I'm just going to repost their content...

Some of the benefits for the kids are:
• get to school (which wouldn't always be possible without a bike)
• arrive at school on time instead of late
• begin the school day alert instead of exhausted
• stay for extra lessons at the end of the school day
• reach higher academic achievement
• arrive home earlier
• help their families more at home
• remain safe by travelling home from school in daylight

If you are in the UK and want to donate a bike, know that it must meed certain specifications (see this PDF). For more details check out the Jole Rider site.
Via BBC, Jole Rider

Too bad this is only in the UK. Anybody want to set something up here? I'm pretty sure there are like 8 bikes in my parents garage that haven't been ridden in 10+ years...

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