Gallery: 88bikes to Give Thousands of Bikes to Girls Who Have Been Vict...

 

88bikes just announced their sixth project, dubbed Asha 2012, an initiative to give thousands of bikes to young girls from Eastern Europe to Southeast Asia who have been victims of slavery, abuse and in some cases, the sex trade. This project, their most ambitious one yet, was inspired by a 2010 endowment of bikes to every girl living in a remote ashram in Bihar, India where survivors of sexual slavery are brought after they are rescued or have escaped to be sheltered for several months before being reintegrated back into their communities. In the developing world a bicycle can open up doors for a young person, as it provides the freedom of self reliant, sustainable transportation so they can take their life into their own hands and as 88bikes explains it, become their own hero. For a young girl, a bicycle can tip the scales of gender inequality and give them a firm footing for a healthy and peaceful future.

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