BEEP works with both international NGOS and local communities to provide bicycles to students with long commutes to school. By providing students with bicycles, they are able to complete duties at home and still be able to travel to school, thus reducing rates of student tardiness and absenteeism. Beneficiaries of the bicycles also have an additional form of transportation with which they can help out their families.
BEEP distributes bicycles that are specially designed by World Bicycle Relief (WBR) and assembled in various countries across the African continent. The bicycles are designed with locally available and compatible parts in mind, so that the bicycles can be repaired relatively easily. In addition to providing bicycles, WBR trains and provides tools to local bicycle mechanics.
Once a community is selected to receive bicycles, a local bicycle supervisory committee (comprised of up to 12 members and including school officials, students, PTA members, local NGOs, and community, church, and traditional leaders) set the criteria on which beneficiaries will be eligible to receive a bicycle. Each community selects different criteria. Of the beneficiaries of new bicycles, 80% are students and 20% are teachers or other adults who help out at the schools.
Bicycles are distributed on a 2-year, service-to-own contract, where beneficiaries of the bicycles pledge to volunteer or stay in school, in return for receiving the bicycle. The school stages a distribution ceremony to stress the importance of this social contract. Bicycle recipients also contribute $5 to a spare parts fund for the local bicycle mechanic. The bicycle supervisory committee serves as a resource and enforcer of this contract for the beneficiaries, as well as helps to make the beneficiary process more efficient. The committee also monitors attendance and performance in schools to gauge the success of BEEP in the community.
Because of the success of WBR’s BEEP model, international and local organizations are now buying World Bicycle Relief bicycles to distribute to schools and community health workers.
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CEI approaches in actionStudent support
Model details2009Not-for-profitActiveLong-term projectLoans to students or familiesCatholic Relief ServicesWorld VisionChildFund19,77830%70%
World Bicycle Relief and local program partners train community development workers to mobilize committees of up to 12 members to select recipients of the WBR Buffalo bicycles based on need.
As of November 2013, BEEP has trained 391 bicycle mechanics and delivered 31,685 bicycles across three countries.April, 2013
Based on a 2012 survey of 600 program households, 95% of caregivers were happy with the way the program has been conducted.
Based on a 2012 survey of 600 program households, student attendance has improved by an average of 28%.
The following are based on a 2012 survey of 600 program households:
- Academic performance as measured by end-of-term scores improved by an average of 59%
- 69% of caregivers indicated involvement with their students’ education, up from 17% before the program was implemented
- 73% of students indicated significantly improved well-being
- 96% of surveyed households indicated their students attended school regularly, up from 45% before the program was implemented