The remote town of Karasburg in Namibia now has a Bicycle Empowerment Centre thanks to the volunteers, bike donors, partners and fundraisers of Bikes for Humanity Sydney.
The Centre was set up by local Namibian communities using leading practice development aid principles to provide simple, sustainable, empowerment through improved local transport.
Karasburg Bicycle Empowerment Centre
The shipping container sent by Bicycles for Humanity Sydney has now been renovated into a self-sustaining bike workshop run by, and for, the local communities. It provides apprenticeships, employment and assists the funding and operations of a local health care provider.
This new Bicycle Empowerment Centre strengthens the supply route to the four existing workshops in other southern Nambian towns. This area is particularly disadvantaged as its sparse population has not attracted the same levels of development support as more populous northern regions. Karasburg has a population of 4,000 people, but provides services to a large catchment of sheep farms. It is also on the main route to the South African town of Upington.
Building the Bicycle Empowerment Centre
Our volunteers collected over 400 pre-loved bikes from people right across NSW, and raised funds through donations, fundraisers and volunteer activities.
As the bikes from right across NSW work their way into the community they’ll start to improve people’s access to healthcare, education and employment.