Sustainable bike shop in Okalongo, Namibia

by Bicycles For Humanity - Atlanta, GA, Inc.
Apr 30, 2012

And It's Off to Namibia...

Otjiwarongo Joy Center (Photo Credit: BEN Namibia)
Otjiwarongo Joy Center (Photo Credit: BEN Namibia)

Dear wonderful supporters - 

We hope this email finds you well! I am so excited and humbled to write you today, on the eve of our support and evaluation trip to Namibia. Our small team will leave for Namibia on Tuesday, May 1st, and will be in-country for 7 days. We wanted to send you a detailed update of our trip, so that you can know what to expect, and what our goals will be while we are there. Additionally, don't forget that our April match grant lasts for only one more day! All donations in April are being matched dollar for dollar through a generous and anonymous donor. Double your financial impact by giving today!

We are also thrilled to let you know that we discovered that our shipment of bikes was not only able to provide expanded workshop space and re-supply to our partners in Okalongo, but that 50 bikes respectively were distributed to support workshops in Otjiwarongo, Namibia and Oshakati, Namibia as well. Your support and generosity has affected so many people throughout the country!

Our goals while in Namibia are to evaluate the shipment and process in order to gauge our effectiveness and determine how to best support projects presently and in the future. We will also meet with additional partners in the region to grow our connections and resources. Here are some additional details of our itenerary:

- Otjiwarongo - We will have a brief visit to the Joy Center Bike Shop, where 50 of our bikes were distributed as our container made it's way to Okalongo. The good people of the Joy Center use proceeds from their bike shop to help sustain an orphanage for local children left parentless due to HIV/AIDS and other factors.

- Tsumeb - We will have a meeting in Tsumeb, to meet with some potential partners for increased support of our projects in the region.

- Oshakati - We will have a brief visit to DEEP, the Disability Economic Empowerment Project, where 50 of our bikes were distributed as our container made it's way to Okalongo. DEEP is a truly innovative project using the bike shop to not only supply the region with needed transportation, but to also provide economic opportunities for Namibians with developmental and physical disabilities. 

- Okalongo - Of course, this is where the majority of our time will be spent. We have been in communication with our wonderful partners in Okalongo, and are so excited to spend time with these individuals and to learn how they were able to use the container and bicycles. We will use this time to learn and grow together for greater impact in the future. Do you have a question that you would like us to ask our partners in Okalongo? If so, let us know via Twitter or Facebook!

- Walvis Bay - Walvis Bay is the port where our container first landed in Namiba, after its ocean voyage. We will be meeting with shipping suppliers in the area, to further our network and hopefully streamline our shipping process from Atlanta and to communities in Namibia.

Sound like enough meetings to fit into 7 days? {smile} We also aim to cross our paths with some of Namibia's beautiful landscape, vegetation and wildlife during our time in the country. Is there a particular African animal or scenary that you would like for us to try and photographically capture? Let us know via Facebook or Twitter! 

Thank you so much for your continued support and dedication to this project! We absolutely could not do this without supporters like you, with loving and giving hearts for the people of our shared globe. THANK YOU!! Follow us through our journey in Namibia by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter.

With gratitude,

Mary Harwell
and the B4H family 

DEEP Shop Floor (Photo Credit: BEN Namibia)
DEEP Shop Floor (Photo Credit: BEN Namibia)
Walvis Bay (Photo Credit: BEN Namibia)
Walvis Bay (Photo Credit: BEN Namibia)



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Bicycles For Humanity - Atlanta, GA, Inc.

Location: Atlanta, GA - USA
Website: http:/​/​​
Bicycles For Humanity - Atlanta, GA, Inc.
Project Leader:
Mary Harwell
Athens, GA United States

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