Saturday, July 12, 2014

Off to Armenia!

Today, the Bikes 4 Orphans/FCN volunteer team are leaving today to go to Armenia to deliver the 50 bicycles to the orphans there. We will be posting pictures and updates on our Facebook page and blog regularly. If any of you are in Armenia in the next two weeks please message us if you would like to be part of this experience.

Also, a huge thank you to Velo Pasadena for providing us with 6 Specialized Air Tool Pumps. We are very thankful for their support. They are the same bicycle store that helped us deliver the 50 bicycles to Armenia. Be sure to like their Facebook page and visit their store on Colorado Blvd in Pasadena.


Website: http://www.velopasadena.com


Friday, May 30, 2014

4th Orphanage Delivery!

Bikes 4 Orphans is thrilled to announce that twenty bicycles were recently delivered to "The Daos Children Centre," in Kenya. This is the second Kenyan orphanage that we have been privileged to work with.

An overwhelming majority of the orphans were eager to receive bicycles after Johnathan Munyany, the orphanage's director, asked the children what they wanted for Christmas in 2013. The wish of numerous orphans has been conquered through an outstanding number of generous donors and various organizations. A Christmas gift was delivered, in addition to a tool of transportation for simpler access to educational facilities, work, and family. The power of a bicycle will assist in creating a bright future for the orphans of "The Daos Children Centre." 


Thank you to everyone who has supported Bikes 4 Orphans and for those who are considering supporting Bikes 4 Orphans we hope that we have shown the impact your donations can make. We are very proud to have helped four orphanages in three different countries and we are looking forward to continued success.
For more pictures visit our Facebook page here


Here are ways you can support Bikes 4 Orphans: 
  • Donate at www.bikes4orphanages.blogspot.com
  • Be a sponsor for our 2nd Bike-a-thon scheduled for this fall
  • Like/Share our Facebook Page and Twitter (@Bikes4orphans)


Thursday, April 24, 2014

$2,200 donation by students at Sumner Elementary School in Claremont!

After speaking about Bikes 4 Orphans a couple months ago at Sumner Elementary School in Claremont, the students worked hard to raise money for our cause. These children are an inspiration to us all. They took the initiative to help other children thousands of miles away so they can also go to school and have a better chance at a brighter future. This is a wonderful example of children helping children. Thank you so much to these awesome students for donating over $2,200!!!! And a special thanks to Mrs. Bazela for recognizing our organization and our potential to make a difference!!

For more pictures check out our Facebook Page here:





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.