Changing the World One Bicycle at a Time

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The headquarters of World Bicycle Relief (WBR) is small and humble. The staff is united like a family. We toured the facility to see where the production happens. Our organization, Chooda, has been donating to WBR for several years. It is clear that our generous donations have made an impact.

WBR uses donations and sales to donate bicycles to kids in rural Africa. They train the mechanics to build, maintain, and ride the bike safely. Each mechanic has a school they serve. They are at the school every week taking care of the bicycles and checking in on the participants. The workers can stay the life of the program.

“With a Buffalo Bicycle student attendance increases up to 28%”



Our guide through the WBR headquarters. Photo by Argento Studios


The General Manager, Brian, tells us a story about a girl he ran into at the grocery store. She recognized him from the bike donation. The recipient had been gifted a bike from the program. The bike came at a time when she wasn’t sure she had the strength to continue going to school. Because of the bicycle, she was able to complete school and start a full-time job. She was so proud and was still using the bike. Every story we heard had a similar outcome.



In rural Africa, the modes of transport are ox and cart or bicycle. Photo by Argento Studios


A bike is the way to school, work, and so much more for someone in rural Africa.  The rural roads are scattered with children running free and happy. The modes of transport are ox and cart and a bicycle. Bikes will be loaded with charcoal to sell, or the goods picked up from the local market and driven excessive miles to their prospective location. Bikes increase survival and allow for someone to travel long distances in shorter times. Children who live far from school face the danger of fatigue if walking so far. The donor program gives these children a future and opportunity to succeed.

The Chooda team had the opportunity to tour the headquarters and build bikes with the crew. In addition to building the bikes, it was a reminder we took as we rode 350 miles across Zambia. Each time we spotted a child or an adult on a bike we knew their life had been changed because of it.






Grassroot Soccer Zambia Harnesses the Power of Soccer to Educate

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Grassroot Soccer-Zambia is an NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) in Lusaka, Zambia that educates youth about positive choices while using the power of sport. The messages learned in soccer can translate over to other areas of the children’s lives. Using the power of soccer to make a change they can reduce HIV dramatically in the community. HIV is 100% preventable, and Grassroot Soccer teaches the youth how.

In just one year they were able to graduate 10,966 youths and test 6,817. They reached over 12,650 participants directly through the program.

The organization aims to reach youth ages 13-15. They run after school soccer skillz clinics that are spread over 12 sessions. They provide support and encouragement, while discussing healthy choices and positive behaviors. They host a community day and provide free testing during a tournament for members of the community and the youth.

Their mission supports:

  • Avoiding Drugs & Alcohol
  • Keeping Girls in School
  • Engaging In Physical Fitness
  • Mental Health
  • Employability
  • Financial Literacy

The leaders go through a two-year development program to prepare for this role. They are making education and testing fun while fostering an atmosphere to learn about HIV positive choices. This reduces the stigma around the disease and opens lines of communication. The youth are empowered to discuss their personal struggles or ask questions within this environment. The organization has seen massive results from this model.

GRS Zambia’s partnerships with Young Women Christian Association (YWCA), Zambart, Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) and various government line Ministries to deliver high-quality adolescent health interventions.

This year, Bike Zambia will be trying to raise $5,000 for this group to host a soccer tournament in Livingstone at the end the trip.

If you want to support the GRS mission here is a breakdown of service cost:

$8 = 1 adolescent to attend an after-school program and become empowered with sexual reproductive health and rights knowledge

$15 = 1 adolescent to be HIV tested, and if found positive, to be linked to services

$33 = 1 HIV+ adolescent to receive ongoing treatment and services, acquiring access to treatment and learning life skills, which help them, remain in and adhere to a treatment plan

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Bike Zambia 6: Ending HIV/AIDS, Empowering Women, and Girls in Zambia

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Bike Zambia is a 350+ bike ride across Africa with a mission to change the world. Bike Zambia is in its sixth year and has seen an incredible change in the communities they visit annually.  When given access to a reliable mode of transport, a family is given access to education, the ability to acquire healthcare, and a tool to trade goods or services.  A simple gift of a bicycle changes an impoverished family into an empowered one.  Solid transportation has a socioeconomic impact and increases the overall quality of life.  Wheels can strengthen a person’s world that has to work so hard every day just to survive.

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“Zambia is one of Africa’s poorest countries with one of the highest rates of HIV infection. 1 in 8 adults have HIV infections and 64 percent of the total population lives below the poverty line, rising to 80 percent in rural areas. Life expectancy is just 58.1 years, however, this is a considerable increase from the 2012 life expectancy of 49.4 years, partly thanks to improved access to antiretroviral treatments.”

Participants of the ride raise $4000, all of which is given to 3 nonprofit beneficiaries. The riders handle their own transportation cost to and from ZambiaChooda, lead by a Board of Directors that have united efforts to raise over $650,000 in five years for organizations working in HIV/AIDS, poverty, and women’s empowerment, organizes the ride.

Chooda is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a vision of personal transformation and global social change. Chooda’s mission is to create transformative experiences for its participants while providing much-needed resources abroad. At Chooda, we believe that by advocating for social justice in the world and by contributing a part of ourselves in service to others, we evolve.”

The beneficiaries of the rider’s funds are:

  •  World Bicycle Relief (WBR) mobilizes people through the power of bicycles by helping people conquer the challenge of distance to access education, healthcare, get goods or offer services more easily.
  • Grassroot Soccer-Zambia is an organization that uses the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilizes communities to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS.
  • Zambia Health Education and Communication Trust (ZHECT) fight HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases through a multifaceted approach, providing access to health services, education, and also working on community approaches through advocacy and capacity building.

The ride takes place from June 29—July 9, 2017 (arrival in Lusaka, Zambia on June 29th departure from Livingstone, Zambia). The ride includes a visit to World Bicycle Relief HQs in Lusaka to build Buffalo Bicycles and distribute to beneficiaries.

“Bike Zambia is the flagship program of 501(C)3 nonprofit Chooda and donations are tax-deductible. If you wish to donate by mail, please make donation checks payable to “Chooda” and mail to 5851 Morpeth St, Oakland, CA 94618. If you would like your donation to be credited to a specific rider, please be sure to note the rider’s name in the check memo line.”

The ride will have media support this year to document the journey, the community, the riders and the beneficiaries. It is an important story that the world should know. In efforts to support this Argento Studios will be a rider using multimedia production to create the story.

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