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Used bike drive for West African students this weekend

Posted by Halynn Blanchard on July 29th, 2015

Bicycles for Education holds a used bike drive this Saturday, August 1st at Interbay. The empowerment program, organized by Washington-based company Alaffia, distributes Washington and Oregon residents’ unwanted bicycles to rural students in Togo.

Parallel to selling fair-trade cosmetic products, Alaffia has been in collecting bikes since 2006. Thus far, over 6,300 bicycles have been distributed to students in sixty different villages, who previously were void of transportation methods to and from school.

Surveys taken in Togo areas affected by the program report a significant improvement on exam scores and progress in rural schools. Bicycles for Education also reports reduced teen-pregnancy rates in rural villages influenced by the program.

All locals who want to donate a used bike or bike parts can do so between 10 a.m.– 2 p.m. at the Interbay Whole Foods (2001 15th Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119).

To learn more about the Bicycles for Education project, click here.

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2 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 Kim // Jul 29, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Where in Interbay??? I want to donate a bike, where do I take it?

  • 2 Profile photo of Halynn Blanchard Halynn Blanchard // Jul 29, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Great to hear Kim!
    Bikes can be donated at Interbay Whole Foods (2001 15th Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119) between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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