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.