People in underdeveloped regions of the world are suffering every day due to lack of access to health care, education and economic development opportunities. Bicycles are simple, sustainable and appropriate technology to support people in developing nations and disaster recovery.
The mission of World Bicycle Relief is to provide access to independence and livelihood through The Power of Bicycles.
Founded by SRAM Corporation and Trek Bicycles in 2005 and supported by many individuals, foundations and corporations, World Bicycle Relief specializes in large-scale, comprehensive bicycle programs by providing supply chain management, technical knowledge and logistics expertise to poverty relief and disaster assistance initiatives.
Originally UOF partnered with other relief organizations and built 25 orphan homes in seven years, rescuing over a thousand kids. We left the ongoing care of the orphans to local church leaders, and other ministries in the area.
In 2006, UOF obtained “non-government organization” (NGO) status with the Republic of Uganda. This designation allows us to steward our own vision in caring for orphans.
Kasozi Village in Kamuli District is a prototype of the projects we hope to multiply. The village has 4 orphan homes, a school, a medical clinic, staff housing, a church, a soccer fieldand a large garden. Nearly 230 orphans live there along with 30 staff members (caregivers, teachers, a cook and a nurse). This diverse community represents three different tribes and has become one loving and cohesive family.
A typical orphan home costs $25,000 and houses 50-60 children. This includes beds, a latrine and a kitchen. Our next project is underway in the Gulu District up north where many war orphans are struggling to find their way. We hope to offer many of them a future and a hope.