Mission campaign 2016 – 2017 Bikes not Bombs

Our 2016/17 Mission Emphasis: Bikes Not Bombs Kick-off Sunday, Sept. 25!

Bikes not Bombs (bikesnotbombs.org) is a Boston based nonprofit that “uses the bicycle as a vehicle for social change.” Every year they collect about 6,000 used bicycles and tons of used parts from people in greater Boston and around New England.

They ship most of these bikes to their overseas
economic development projects in Africa, Latin
America and the Caribbean. Other bikes land in their youth empowerment programs where teens learn bicycle safety and mechanics skills as well as leadership, teamwork and commu- nity participation in the process of building a bike they will become their own.

Their retail bike shop reconditions bikes to sell to support their programs and employs many graduates of their programs.

Our focus will be on the Cycloville project in Nairobi, Kenya (http://www.cycloville.co.ke/).
A staff member from Bikes Not Bombs (BNB) will share their mission with us in worship on the 25th. Afterwards, there will be a Q and A time with some brief videos of some of their international projects. Cycloville is a network of cyclists and bicycle shops that is working to grow the bicycle industry of Kenya, to create employment for young people and to build the critical mass of cyclists to organize for policy and infrastructure change. Among its initiatives, Cycloville is identifying young people from Mathare slum to be trained by Cycloville. These youth have access to apprenticeship positions and employment in one of the Nairobi bike shops within the Cycloville network, as well as entrepreneurship training to develop their own small bicycle businesses.

Want to be a part of this exciting initiative at First United Methodist Church? Got ideas for fundraising fun?

Let Stacey or Cory Allen know!