Local Bikes to Help Post-Tsunami Sri Lanka

After getting hit by the tsunami last December, Sri Lanka needed a way to both provide relief and rebuild their economy. World Bicycle Relief, a non-profit that provides access to independence and livelihood through the power of bicycles, is working with World Vision Sri-Lanka and the Lumala Bicycle Company (based in Sri Lanka) to provide over 24,000 bicycles to tsunami survivors.
Known as Project Tsunami, the program is unique in its commitment to source bikes locally, which will “ensure correct specification and that recipients are familiar with bikes. It also provides access to spare parts, eliminates supply chain, shipping costs, duties, logistics, and assists the local economy.” There will be bikes for both adults and children, plus bike maintenance training for forty people. (Via BikeBiz.com)

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