Where’s Paulina? Find out in our December newsletter, where you’ll also find out how you can help put more Namibian kids on bikes to improve access to education in 2014.
Financial Times Urban Ingenuity Award
BEN Namibia received a “Highly Recommended” status in the Financial Times’ prestigious Urban Ingenuity awards. Managing Director, Michael Linke, received the news at a ceremony in New York along with with other finalists from Africa, Europe and Latin America. This article published in the Financial Times gives a complete rundown of all the awarded finalists: BEN Namibia appears on page 22.
Work in new countries
The prize is aimed at projects with potential for replication in other urban centres, something that we have been inching forward with as we work with a number of partners to support inspiring Kenyan organisation Wheels of Africa in helping to set up a new bicycle shop in Kibera, a Nairobi slum. The shipment of bicycles and a huge amount of spare parts and tools will be supplied by the hard working team at B4H Ottawa.
New Namibian shop
Wheels of Africa should not be confused with Wheels of Change, whose Montana team have also supported Wheels of Africa with a shipment of bikes, but more recently sent a container to the village of Linyanti in far northeastern Namibia. BEN Namibia has coordinated logistics and provided training with support from NEIA and German brake manufacturer, Knorr Bremse (next time your train stops safely, chances are it’s thanks to Knorr).
The shop opened in September, with profits supporting local orphans under the care of the same Catholic AIDS Action volunteers who run the bike shop. Wheels of Change have also initiated two tourism projects as spin-offs from the new shop. Wuparo conservancy in the Zambezi region and Hoada campsite in the Kunene each received 15 bicycles, mechanic training and field support.