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World Bicycle Relief Distributes 220 Bikes to Students in Eritrea

photo credits @ World Bicycle Relief

The World Bicycle Relief organization in collaboration Team Africa Rising, the National Eritrean Cycling Federation, the Eritrean Ministry of Culture and Sport, the Ministry of Education and the UNDP, distributed 220 bikes to students in Eritrea this week

The project was funded by the annual 50 Mile Ride for Rwanda in the USA, which donates its proceeds to helps support education and economic development in Rwanda and other African nations. For the past three years, the 50 Mile Ride for Rwanda has chosen World Bicycle Relief as one of its beneficiaries. Team Africa Rising is also a beneficiary of the ride.

The aim of the bikes, is to make it easier for students to get to and from school, covering the long distances in a shorter period of time with the goal of increasing attendance and academic performance.

“Our annual 50 Mile Ride fundraising event attracts over 1,000 riders each year. Why? Because participants and sponsors alike believe in the power of bicycles to change lives,” said ride founder Doug Grant.

“World Bicycle Relief is honored to be chosen as a beneficiary by 50 Mile Ride for Rwanda and humbled by the collective efforts of the participants to fundraise on behalf of students in Eritrea,” said Charles Coustan, executive director of World Bicycle Relief. “Thanks to the incredible efforts of participants of the 50 Mile Ride for Rwanda, World Bicycle Relief will deliver 220 rugged, reliable bicycles to students who struggle to get to school every day, often waking before dawn to walk long distances. These bikes will have an immediate, positive impact on students and help them stay in school and improve both attendance and academic performance.

For more information about World Bicycle Relief, visit the group’s website:

http://www.worldbicyclerelief.org 

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