Village Bicycle Project
The Village Bicycle Project is working to alleviate poverty in Ghana and Sierra Leone, but they have taken an original approach. They feel bikes provide power and opportunity, allowing people to get to their destinations four times faster than the typical alternative: walking. They provide bikes, spare parts, and tools. They also train owners in bike maintenance so each owner can have full use of the bike for as long as possible. So far, they have distributed 75,000 bikes, provided 50,000 bike tools, and taught 13,500 students bicycle maintenance and repair techniques.
Mission Statement: The Village Bicycle Project aims to change lives in Africa through affordable and sustainable transportation.
Family Discretionary Grant. The Skees Family Foundation chose to support the Village Bike Project in 2011 and 2012. We agree that poverty alleviation through empowerment can come in a variety of forms, including inexpensive, reliable forms of transportation. The Village Bicycle Project is developing that resource, and we wanted to help! Read about why our family wanted to help Village Bicycle Project with its mission: