World Bicycle Relief

Provides bicycles and trains mechanics to service them in Africa to improve healthcare delivery, help children attend school, and improve economic development. Builds independence and livelihoods.

world-bicycle-relief-photo1Bicycles make individuals and economies “GO.”  Compared to walking, bicycles represent an enormous leap in productivity and access to healthcare, education, and economic development opportunities in Sub Saharan Africa.  Since 2005, World Bicycle Relief has distributed more than 240,000 bicycles to people in impoverished communities.  In rural Africa, HIV/AIDS workers bike to care for their patients, children bike to school, and farmers and small business owners bike to market with their products.  Our goal is to empower African individuals by providing access to independence and livelihood through the power of bicycles.

World Bicycle Relief specializes in large-scale, comprehensive bicycle programs. We provide management of the supply chain, technical knowledge, and logistics expertise.  The bicycles we distribute are specifically designed to withstand years of hauling heavy loads over Africa’s rough terrain, and we ensure that they can be locally repaired and maintained for prolonged use.

World Bicycle Relief:

  • world-bicycle-relief-photo2Works directly with suppliers to ensure that the bicycle design is the highest quality and that all bicycles are culturally appropriate.
  • Employs local people to assemble and distribute bicycles.
  • Partners with local community-based organizations.
  • Trains field mechanics in maintenance and repair and to set up systems to supply spare parts.
  • Evaluates the impact of bicycles in communities and improves programs accordingly.

Contact Information

World Bicycle Relief
1000 West Fulton Market, 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60607
T: 312-664-3836
F: 312-664-8826

Financial Information

World Bicycle Relief is classified as a 501(c)(3) organization. Click below to view our most recent independent audit and IRS Form 990.

Banner Photo: WBR Bike recipient, Cynthia, 16yrs old in front of Chilyabale School, Zambia – Photo: Leah Missbach Day
Photo 1: Locally hired WBR bike assembler – Photo: Leah Missbach Day
Photo 2: WBR Bike recipients transport water home – Photo: Leah Missbach Day

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Your donation will help us provide bicycles for those in need and train local mechanics to repair them.

Volunteer Opportunities

Opportunities for internships and volunteering in our offices in Chicago, IL. Plan and hold your own fundraising events and join other efforts.


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To donate to this member charity by check, please print our designation form and mail it with your check to

Aid for Africa
P.O. Box 8734
Topeka, KS 66608

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