Wheels 4 Life is a non-profit charity (501c(3)), that provides bicycles to people in great need of transportation throughout the developing world. Working with volunteers in the field, local organizations and non profits, schools, community leaders and health care clinics to identify people who are in genuine need of a bike. These people are those that live in both primative and remote areas, with no access to, nor the means of affording public transportation. The closest school, doctor, or work place might be as far as 10 to 20 miles away.The gift of mobility can make all the difference to a person’s life and help them to break out of the vicious cycle of poverty.
Through an application process, Wheels 4 Life carefully selects those who will receive bicycles. Our Voluntary Project Leaders (VPL) provide us with reports with photos and receipts for the bicycles they have purchased on our behalf. Every bicycle is marked “Wheels 4 Life” and numbered, that number is assigned to the new owner and this is logged next to their name, age, occupation and village. An agreement is signed whereby the VPL guarantees that bicycle riding, safety and basic mainenance instruction will be given. The bicycles may not be re-sold, however, we do encourage sharing them with family and community members.
Currently a bicycle costs aprroximately $150 and an ambulance bike, $300. Usually they purchase the bicycles in the countries where the projects are located. This has three-fold benefits; firstly it helps the local economy, secondly, it is much easier to find replacement spare parts and thirdly, it saves money on costs such as shipping, handling and import duty.
Carmen and Hans Rey believe that something as simple as a bicycle can have a profound and life changing positive effect on someone’s life. Whether it is a child that can now travel to school, or the farmer that can now bring a larger load of produce to the market, or the nurse that can visit many more patients, the difference a bicycle can make is quite incredible. Behind each person that received a bicycle, a chain of events has occurred and allowed this to happen. Somewhere along the line, someone like you has played their part. Thousands of people in over 30 countries have benefited from a Wheels 4 Life bicycle.
A person can travel four times farther, four times faster and with four times the load, with a bicycle than on foot. There is a need for millions more bicycles.
There are many ways to help; donations are very much appreciated, or hold a fundraiser, or simply spread the word, that to give a bike can change a life. Not only that, a bicycle can save lives too.
Beacuse everyone that works with Wheels 4 Life, works on a voluntary basis, 90% of donations go towards buying bicycles. Together we can change lives and give bikes.
Learn more here: http://www.wheels4life.org