Since arriving in Tanzania, I have been met with more generosity than I have experienced in my entire life. I want to return the favor to help get funding for upcoming events that the organization I am volunteering at, One Bike Tanzania, is hosting. On the 15th, we will be going to a local village to repair bicycles- this is incredibly important as bikes are the main form of transportation for may villagers, and when their bikes are broked they can lose access to education, employment, and healthcare. On the 17th, we will be hosting a rae and repair workshop, where we will teach local youth bike repair skills and fun bike tricks, and host a bike race. See below for more details of the organization!
My name is McLaren Curphy, I am a student at the University of Minnesota, and I am currently volunteering for One Bike Tanzania. One Bike is a non-profit organization of cycling enthusiasts that is based in the Moshi area and dedicated to using its funds and donations to improve the lives of local people. They use bicycles to empower locals to live healthy lifestyles and create a more sustainable environment throughout Tanzania.
One Bike uses funds gained through cycling tours and foreign donations in order to accomplish their mission: to improve the world. They run unique cultural and nature focused cycling expeditions around the Moshi Kilimanjaro region for people wishing marvel at the area’s stunning natural beauty and fascinating local culture. Through their tours, they offer employment to local guides, enrich foreign travelers, and engage community members.
With their funds, they are able to work on their main community outreach focuses: Re-Cycling Tours, One Bike Workshops, One Bike Nomad, and One Bike Mobility.
Re-Cycling Tour is an activity for local environmental awareness that consists of cycling around Moshi and the local villages to collect littered plastics and recycle them. With each journey, they approach a cleaner Africa, and a more sustainable present, all while educating people about the detriments of single-use plastics and litter. On the last Friday of every month, they lend their bikes to local schoolchildren for a Re-Cycling Tour and teach the children about the importance of sustainability, recycling, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Teaching the next generation to value our planet will improve the longevity of our environment! They also do a Re-Cycling Tour on the first Saturday of each month with company volunteers and tourists who are interested in improving the Moshi area while learning about local customs.
One Bike Workshop is their mechanical training program where local youth can learn mechanical job skills in bike repair each Wednesday from 3-5pm. With each workshop, they increase local youth’s underutilized potential with the hope of creating opportunities for them to become self-employed.
One Bike Nomad is the monthly outing where the organization takes tools to one of the villages in the region to repair broken bikes. Bikes are the main form of transport for many of the villagers. Having a broken bike can be debilitating for their access to jobs, education, healthcare, and food. By offering repair services, they greatly improve the quality of life for many.
One Bike Mobility is their bike donation program, where they gift donated bikes to local villagers. They make an immediate impact by donating bikes to children who live far away from school and have limited access to education. Additionally, by providing bicycles to girls as well as boys, they ensure there is equal opportunity for advancement. They also seek to provide bikes to healthcare workers who would not otherwise be able to assist under-served individuals and families in rural villages. In addition to donating bicycles to these individuals, One Bike’s goal is to provide bicycles to villages to be used in a bike share program, so they can provide free and accessible transportation to community members according to their needs (medical care, work, food, etc).
They are a small organization with a big heart and a strong desire to improve Tanzania. Many of their activities are sustained by investments and donations from foreign companies. I am kindly asking for your support, cooperation, and potential partnership.
Obtaining a shipment of bikes and other bike gear (helmets, gloves, etc) or donations would give them the ability to have an immediate impact, allowing them to improve the lives and environment of Moshi and beyond. I look forward to hearing from you and thank you for your time and consideration.
Asante! Thank you!