88Bikes

aka 88BIKES.ORG   |   Seattle, WA   |  http://www.88bikes.org

Mission

The 88bikes Foundation has a very simple goal: to provide a sustainable, joyful, empowering form of transportation to young people in developing countries, in situations where these children have been challenged to be their own heroes due to war, conflict, poverty, disease, or other regional hardships.

Ruling year info

2008

Principal Officer

Mr. Daniel Austin

Main address

88bikes, C/O Dan Austin 1752 NW Market Street #818

Seattle, WA 98107

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EIN

26-2740895

NTEE code info

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

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88bikes 2010 Endowment

88bikes will endow bikes to young people in Vietnam, Nepal, India and Ghana in 2010, focused on children who have been rescued from slavery or servitude. Our goal is always to select places where 88bikes can have the most powerful impact, and likelihood for success; where the bikes can be reasonably accommodated, safely stored and kept in good repair; and where there is strong leadership in the school or orphanage receptive to the project.

Once a location is selected, 88bikes reaches out using e-mail, social networking sites, and the personal networks of the founders, and collects donations from sponsors through its web site. Each donation is $88 dollars, the approximate cost of a bike in most developing countries. Each sponsor also provides their name (or the name of a friend, if it is a gift), along with a photo of the donor. A list of all Sponsors is posted to the web site.

After the donations are raised, 88bikes travels to the project site in person. New bikes are purchased in-country from local merchants. Any required labor for transportation, assembly, or assistance is also hired locally, so that the project funds are used to benefit the local economy. All Sponsor bicycle donations are used to purchase and assemble the bikes, and for local transportation, so that 100% of the donated money goes directly to the local economy and to the bike donation. All other costs, such as setting up on-site 88bikeshops in various countries, running bike repair workshops, orchestrating bike repair apprenticeships, IT, travel, 88bikes volunteer programs, administrative costs and overhead are paid for by the Endowment Fund. Additional costs are paid for by the founders. 88bikes is entirely volunteer-staffed; no one, including the founders, receives salary or compensation of any kind; 88bikes does not maintain an office.

Each child is given their bike in person from the founders, on behalf of the individual Sponsor who donated their bike, along with a postcard that shows the Sponsor, a world map, and the Sponsor’s hometown. Photos and film of the project are made available to the Sponsors, and each Sponsor receives a thank-you letter with a photo of the child who received their bike.

Population(s) Served

Launched in Summer 2010, 88bikes Villages is giving over 1000 bikes to children living in some of the most remote and isolated corners of the world. We endowed 200 bikes to children living in rural Mozambique. Once completely isolated, these kids can now ride the 15 mile journey to our partner NGO's center for orphans and vulnerable children in the village of Sena. In Mongolia, we endowed 200 bikes to orphans living at two isolated schools. We endowed 300 bikes to a township in South Africa, a veritable village amidst the city of Port Elizabeth and 10 bicycles to girls rescued from sexual slavery in Bolivia. In September 2011 we endowed 51 bikes to Navajo kids living in the remote village of Montezuma Creek on the Navajo Nation and we partnered with DesignBuildBluff to build a mobile, sustainable bikeshop to support rides and clinics. During the next few months, we'll wrap up our Villages project with large endowments in Nepal and a second, 300 bike endowment in Mozambique. By spring 2011, the total number of bikes endowed for Villages will be approximately 1300. And our volunteers will, of course, continue to visit these sites for years to come. Bikes endowed in these rural locations transform kids' lives, allowing them to get to school, get to the market, play their friends and most important, have fun!

Population(s) Served

“ The bicycle helps me feel equal to men,” said several girls living at a remote ashram in Bihar, India during a volunteer visit in 2010. These girls are survivors of sexual slavery. They are sheltered by our partner NGO Free the Slaves for several months before reintegrating back into their communites. 88bikes volunteers endowed bicycles to every girl and led these heroic souls in painting the most beautiful mural. Bright and optimistic, the mural reflected the girls’ resilience, courage and indomitable spirit.
The 88bikes community was deeply touched by the gratitude and courage of these heroic souls in India and other survivors in Nepal and Ghana. And we recognize recent studies (as well as common sense) that investing resources in girls helps build equality in diverse communities.
And so 88bikes launches its sixth and most ambitious project: 88bikes Asha, which will endow several thousand bicycles to girls, especially those who have endured and risen above the most destructive forms of degradation, slavery and abuse, in regions from Eastern Europe to Eastern Africa, Latin America to Southeast Asia. We honor their heroism and hope that, like the girls at the Bihar Ashram, to whom we endowed bikes during our Project4 in 2010, the bikes will be catalysts for healing, health and, of course, happiness.

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88Bikes

Board of directors
as of 6/7/2016
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Daniel Austin

88Bikes

Term: Apr 2009 - Apr 2010


Board co-chair

Nicolas Arauz

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Term: Nov 2008 - Nov 2014

Nicolas Arauz

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Daniel Austin

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Jared Austin

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