In 2011, World Bicycle Relief began partnering with two leading South African non-profit organizations, Qhubeka and the Wildlands Conservation Trust, for their Trees-For-Bikes program. This partnership builds on Qhubeka's and Wildlands' innovative Trees-for-Bikes and Trash-for-Bikes programs which stress a "hand-up not hand-out" approach. In the Trees-for-Bikes program, a child can earn a bicycle by planting and nurturing 150 saplings. The bicycle they receive, in exchange for their trees, enables the student to commute to school quickly and safely. South African high school students have planted hundreds of thousands of trees through this program and Dr. Andrew Venter, Executive Director at Wildlands, believes their work will inspire everyone in South Africa who is committed to making a difference for the environment.
World Bicycle Relief is proud to supply bicycles for this innovative program.
Bicycles utilized for the Trees-for-Bikes and Trash-for-Bikes programs are assembled in our newest facility in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Watch this short video to learn more about the women who assemble these bicycles for distribution into communities countrywide.