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Description: Endowing girls around the world – especially survivors of human trafficking- with bikes. 88 Bikes works together with local NGOs to purchase bicycles from local vendors, hire local labor and connect each survivor one-to-one with her donor. Through this endowment process, the highlight is the Moment of Happy (the moment when the girl living in an ashram or shelter receives her bike). Volunteers of the organization are very involved as they often lead bike rides, organize repair clinics, and even help paint murals.

How it Started: 88 Bikes was founded in 2006 by a few friends: Dan Austin, Nicolas Arauz, and Jared Austin

How it has developed: After founding 88 Bikes in 2006, the organization’s first project was a partnership with Friends of Cambodian Children to raise funds for 88 bikes. The project was a huge success. It exceeded its fundraising goals in 2 weeks and gave 88 bikes to 88 kids in Cambodia during January of 2007. After that, its next project targeted refugees in Uganda. By January 2008, 88 Bikes was able to work with Global Youth Partnership for Africa and donate 200 bikes to children at a refugee camp in Northern Uganda. Since then, 88 Bikes has expanded its endowment locations to include Peru, Vietnam, Nepal, India, Ghana, Mongolia and Tanzania. In 2011, 88 bikes evolved its mission to focus on girls, especially those who have survived human trafficking.

Its impact: Since starting in 2006, 88 Bikes has endowed over 3,000 bikes to children in 14 different countries.

If you are interested and want to know more, visit http://www.88bikes.org/

Letitia Ho