Thomas and Alex are two friends from Lethbridge, Alberta who have travelled together to places such as Stockholm, Helsinki, Berlin, and even Fort Macleod. They enjoy tasteful music, guitar playing, cycling, and a good home-cooked breakfast. Thomas holds a degree in Environmental Science, and is currently working on his MSc in Geography at McGill University. Alex holds a degree in Political Science and is currently considering law school.
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Your purchase through this site helps us use bikes as tools for development in marginalized communities. We serve marginalized communities in both the developing and developed worlds where bikes and bike-related solutions can have a significant, positive impact on community development. Communities such as rural farmers in impoverished communities in South America, marginalized youth in North America, and communities in Africa with high incidences of HIV/AIDS.
We believe in the bicycle as a means of increasing access to vital health services, economic prosperity, educational empowerment and independence.
Around the world, one woman dies every minute during childbirth, yet almost all of these deaths are preventable. Malawi has one of the highest maternal death rates in the world.
In 2001, the UN set a goal to decrease maternal mortality by 75% by 2015, but it is nowhere near meeting that target.
Our Phase 2 in Malawi, will support Community Healthcare Volunteer Workers delivering vital health services. We will have an increased focus to address issues of maternal health, providing them with new bikes and providing community health organizations with bike ambulances (which CHWs can sign out and use as needed).
“In a country where a staggering number of women die in child birth, the BBC’s Karen Allen discovers one Malawian village where a novel solution – a bicycle ambulance – has apparently helped to wipe out the problem.” – BBC news
How you can be part of the solution:
1. Spread the word - tell your friends about the issues and the project so that there is more awareness in different communities and professional fields.
2. Brainstorm ideas - discuss possible solutions and share your ideas with friends, family & coworkers. Sharing knowledge helps start meaningful discussions in the community
3. Volunteer and attend BWB events - to be a part of something meaningful and meet like-minded people from different fields. Every volunteer makes a huge difference.
4. Donate, because funds are always needed - a replacement set of tires for a Community Health Worker in Malawi costs $50, a new bike for a CHW is $150, and a bike ambulance (wheeled stretcher that attaches to a bike) for a community in Malawi is $450
To know more about the Pedal Powered Hope Project visit http://bikeswithoutborders.org/international-programs