Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bicycles to 2nd Orphanage delivered at Khayelisha Care Project in South Africa!!!

Good news! With the help of Qhubeka (an affiliate of World Bicycle Relief), we were able to deliver 11 bikes to the Khayelisha Care Project in Tugela Ferry, South Africa last week. Andrea, the director of the orphanage, requested bicycles for the children last summer. The Khayelisha Care Project is a "step down" facility for children that cannot go home after they are released from the hospital. Some of the children have been there for a few years due to no home or parents to go back to. The children can use the bikes to go to school and when they get older they can use them to find jobs around town. In addition, bicycles give them the independence and resources they need to travel to different places so they can create a better future for themselves. We were able to buy all 11 bicycles through funds donated by the Rotary Club of Glendale Noon. Thank you so much! And thank you to all our wonderful supporters!!

Below are some of the pictures that Andrea was able to send. She will send more next week!

If you would like to help our cause please donate here and under "AIM" write "Bikes 4 Orphans"

Check out the blog post about the bicycle delivery by Qhubeka here:






Thursday, March 13, 2014

Bikes are ready to be shipped to Armenia

I am very excited to announce that the bikes for Armenia have finally arrived from the distributor (Pacific Cycles) and we will be sending the shipping container with all 50 bicycles to Armenia this Saturday. We purchased all these bicycles using the money we raised from our Oct. 2013 Bike-a-thon and Hike-a-thon. Thank you everyone for their support! And a special thanks to Karine from Focus on Children Now, Vatche from Bike for Hope for Armenia, Hrach from Velo Pasadena and everyone else who donated their used bikes. We could not have done this without all your help!!!


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Velo Pasadena and Bike for Hope for Armenia

        We have an exciting update to share with you all! Initially, we began the bike collection drive because we could not find any organizations that would sell us bicycles for a cheap price as well as deliver them to the Armenian Orphanage. Our plan was to collect bicycles here in Los Angeles and then use the Focus on Children Now shipping container to send them to Armenia. We found a much easier and efficient solution to our dilemma when we met Vatche Soghomonian, the founder of Bike for Hope for Armenia. He organizes annual bike-a-thons in Armenia to raise money for various community projects like building schools. Through Vatche, we met the owner of Velo Pasadena, Hrach Gevrikyan. After learning about our problem, he offered to sell the 40 bicycles we still needed to donate to the Armenian orphanage at cost. Each brand new bicycle would range from $90-$120. He was the solution to our problem and we are very thankful for his generosity. Now we can deliver all 50 bicycles with the help from Hrach as well as the used bicycles donated by generous and kind donors through our bike collection drive. That means we have accomplished our goal thanks to many individuals who wanted to help the lives of orphans and give them a chance at a better future through the power of bicycles.

If you are interested in learning more about Bikes for Hope for Armenia and donating to this great cause please visit: http://www.bikeforhopeforarmenia.org/

If you live in the Los Angeles area, we definitely recommend checking out Velo Pasadena for their great products and bicycles: http://www.velopasadena.com/

If you are interested in joining the Bike for Hope for Armenia Bike-a-thon 2014 please read the
document above. For more information please email us at Bikes4orphanages@gmail.com



Saturday, February 1, 2014

Students at Sumner Elementary School helping out Bikes 4 Oprhans


       A couple weeks ago, the librarian, Marleene Bazela, of Sumner Elementary School read our article on the LA Times. After reading about our story, she was motivated to help our cause. I was honored yesterday to speak in front of the students ranging from Kindergarten to Sixth Grade. I was very surprised how they attentively listened, asked great questions and replied correctly to every one of my trivia questions. We are also humbled that Bikes 4 Orphans was chosen for their annual fundraiser. Thank you Sumner Elementary School for your generosity!

Sumner Elementary School website: http://sumner.cusd.claremont.edu/


Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Rotary Club of Glendale, Sunrise Bikes 4 Orphans Presenation!

Last Friday, Sean and I did a presentation for the members of the Rotary Club of Glendale, Sunrise. We were invited after they heard about our presentation at the Rotary Club of Glendale, Noon. We were honored to spread our message and mission to such distinguished guests. We had a wonderful time and met great people that have shown great interest in Bikes 4 Orphans. Thank you to all the members for inviting us and letting us share the morning with you!

Sean and I presenting at the breakfast meeting for the
Rotary Club members.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Collecting used bicycles to send to Armenia

So far we have received 5 bicycles (1 is not included in the picture below) and we still need 45 more! Please ask around and spread the word.  Our strategy for Armenia is different, since World Bicycle Relief does not deliver to Armenia. The Armenian bicycles stores are also too expensive for out budget of $120/bicycle. Thus we are collecting them in Los Angeles and using a shipping container provided by Focus on Children Now to deliver all 50 bicycles to Armenia. The bicycles will transform the lives of these orphans for the better and we need your help!


Friday, December 20, 2013

Top 10 Inspiring Grantee Stories of 2013

I am humbled that the Pollination Project has included our organization in their top 10 list of 2013. Thank you!
Please click here to see their complete list.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

New Bike donation.

Thank you to Lori Koubikian for donating a bicycle!! A little girl at an Armenian orphanage will be very happy. Thank you for your generosity. As you know , for orphanage in Armenia, we decided to collect bikes & ship it there. Its actually mroe cost efficient.  So far we have collected 5 bicycles but we still need 45 more. Please spread the word and let's help the orphans in Armenia! 

Look out for a possible bike collection drive!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

More Donations!!!

Even after the bike-a-thon/hike-a-thon, the kindness of strangers has not ended. Last week we recieved donations totaling to $275! We are blessed to have supporters like you guys. Every donation, big or small, changes an orphans life and every time we are one step closer to providing orphans, all around the world, with the gift of education. Thank you for your generosity!


Friday, November 8, 2013

Thank you to the Vaya Con Dios Foundation!

We were shocked to receive a check from the Vaya Con Dios Foundation. The $2,000 donation will make a dramatic change in the lives of orphans. We never expected this kindness from total strangers. Their generosity inspires us to do more and reach out to more orphans around the globe. Thank you so much!