88 bikes foundation has a very simple goal: to provide a sustainable, joyful, empowering form of transportation to young people in developing countries, in situation where these children have been challenged to be their own heroes due to war, conflict, poverty, disease or other regional hardships.
88 bikes was started in 2006 by Dan Austin, Nicolas Arauz and Jared Austin. In November 2006, 88bikes foundation started its first project in partnership with the friends of Cambodian children, to raise funds for 88bikes.
This year 88bikes honors the heroism of children by including a multi country endowment.88bikes will travel to Ghana, India, Nepal and Vietnam, endowing orphanages, ashrams, centre and schools sheltering children rescued from human trafficking/ slavery.
In Nepal, 88bikes has chosen Saathi as a partner for their bike endowment project.
Saathi was established in 1992 to address issues on Domestic Violence in Nepal. Saathi opened a shelter to house survivors of domestic violence in 1995. While working on issues of domestic violence, Saathi identified run away children in street directly affected by domestic violence.
Therefore Saathi started working with street children in 2001. Saathi opened a drop in centre for street children in 2001 and in the same year, to provide long term support to the street children; Saathi opened its first children shelter.
Through the years Saathi's children program has expanded and Saathi operates four shelter home which houses children from different background ranging from Domestic violence, Trafficking, Conflict, Rape, Incest, abandonment and poverty.
Altogether there are 152 children with Saathi. 88bikes is providing 130 bikes to the children in Saathi's shelter home. The bike distribution program was held at the Saathi's girl shelter on Friday 29th Jan 2010.