Today’s Solutions: December 05, 2021

Sebouh Bazikian started Bikes 4 Orphans when he was just 16 years old. Despite still being in high school, he partnered successfully with Serving Orphans Worldwide to provide bicycles to youth in Zimbabwe for transportation and improved quality of life. 

Now, nearly 10 years later, Bazikian is still at it. The organization has gotten a new name, One Bicycle Foundation, and brother Shawnt Bazikian and fellow UCLA graduate Matthew Davidian have joined the team. As of last week, the organization delivered another 35 bikes to the Matungu Community Development Charity and Riley Orton Foundation Organization for a total of 672 bikes delivered to 15 schools in nine countries around the world. 

One Bicycle Foundation provides bicycles because they believe bikes to be a significant tool for personal empowerment, especially in rural communities. For many children, distance is a big challenge when it comes to accessing education, medical care, and other resources. According to their website, in these communities, only 27 percent of students feel safe walking to school, compared to 100 percent who bike. Bicycle access also improves school attendance by 25 percent and academic performance by 49 percent. 

According to The Borgen Project, these bikes continue to be beneficial even after students finish school. Reliable transportation offers economic opportunities and for women, access to a bicycle offers protection from assault 

Moving forwards, the organization plans to continue to make bicycles available to students in need and expand their reach into more countries. It may seem like a simple strategy, but access to a bicycle is one of the more cost-effective strategies for student empowerment, especially in underserved communities. 

Image source: One Bicycle Foundation

Solutions News Source Print this article
More of Today's Solutions

Rwanda’s mountain gorillas represent a successful conservation story

Following years of poaching and habitat destruction, the population of mountain gorillas in Rwanda once numbered under 260 individuals. Now, Rwandan gorillas represent a rare conservation success and a key economic engine for the East ... Read More

Germany plans to put 15 million electric vehicles on its roads by 2030

Making electric cars the dominant vehicles on the road is key to curbing planet-warming emissions and protecting the climate. In a bid to reach that goal, an increasing number of countries and cities across the ... Read More

Here are 5 Indigenous-led eco-charities you can support today

The climate crisis has caused us to reconsider our consumerist lifestyles and turn to Indigenous peoples to learn from their superior understanding of living in harmony with nature. Here is a list of five organizations ... Read More

Scientists discover a peculiar new planet

Deep into the Hercules constellation, 855 light-years away from Earth, lies a record breaking exoplanet. This newly discovered gas giant was named TOI-2109b, and the thing that makes it so special is the fact it ... Read More

High altitude experiment shows that snow monkeys are excellent at fishing

Snow monkeys, also known as the Japanese macaque, are native to many of the main islands of Japan. These fluffy creatures are the most northern-based non-human primate out there, meaning they have some cold temperatures ... Read More