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Prodigal Bikes - Sending bikes to Africa

Prodigal Bikes is a charity that brings hope and changes lives in both Africa and the UK.

Why “Prodigal” Bikes? In the Bible, Luke Ch. 15 vs 11-32 is a story Jesus told about a father who welcomes his wayward (Prodigal) son back into his family, giving him a second chance in life.

In the UK we refurbish bikes donated to us, teaching engineering skills and giving work experience to those who need that second chance. These bikes are then either shipped to Africa or given to refugees and asylum seekers here in the UK.

In Africa our bikes are used by patients to access healthcare, and by school children and teachers to get to schools. We also provide tools, spare parts and training to keep the bikes working.

Please browse our website to see what we do, who we help and how you can get involved.

HOW COULD YOU HELP?

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We are a non-profit organization, and rely on volunteers and donations to help us make a difference to people’s lives. If you would like to volunteer, make a donation or organise a charity event please get in touch we’d love to hear from you.

Latest Prodigal Bikes News

1 week ago

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Today we say a big thank you to Lyon House at Sherborne School . Their students took time out of their revision today to all ride 10km on spin bikes, a sponsored event raising money for Prodigal Bikes. In July we will send 360 refurbished mountain bikes to school children in the arid Kibaha region of Tanzania, to help them cover the large distances daily to reach school. With Sherborne School's help we are getting towards our fundraising target for shipping these bikes. ... See MoreSee Less
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4 weeks ago

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We're really churning the bikes out now! Bike 1000 came off the production line today, made by our volunteer Jake. This one is off to a school kid in Tanzania in July. ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

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Another big thank you - this time to Swindon Welcomes Ukraine at the Pattern Church. www.ukraineswindon.com/They've wound up their fantastic bike project, supplying nearly 400 bikes to the Ukrainian community around Swindon over the past two years. They have been kind enough to pass their remaining 25 bikes, plus a load of bike spares and tools, to us for our next shipment to Tanzania, and our ongoing work supplying bikes to refugees around Somerset. ... See MoreSee Less
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4 months ago

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Today we say a big thank you to Julian House Bike Workshop in Trowbridge for their generous donation of bikes to us. These bikes are all destined for school children in Kibaha, Tanzania, some of whom currently face daily walks to school of up to 20km round trip. The plan is for the bikes to arrive in November 2024. So far we have 200 bikes ready, towards our target of 360 bikes, and the great bikes from Julian House will really help us achieve this target. ... See MoreSee Less
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6 months ago

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Today we say a big thank you to the The National Lottery Community Fund for their support. Using this funding, we've been hard at work training these folks as bike mechanics, producing bikes for refugees and Asylum Seekers here in Somerset, and for school children in Kibana, Tanzania, who will receive their bikes in next year's shipment. ... See MoreSee Less
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