"The bike in the countries we work with is just incredibly useful, and also incredibly fun. … You give a kid a bike who’s been through poverty and war and disease … and it just transforms their lives. … We have enumerable stories. … I don’t really consider us a bike NGO; we’re a happiness NGO. That’s what we’re concerned about."
Dan Austin, founder of 88bikes, talks with The Oberlin Review about his philosophy of ‘joy-based philanthropy’, and explains why giving a bike to a less fortunate child provides so much more than just a way to “go from point A to point B.”
Dan Austin’s 88 Bikes Announces Project Asha
Dan Austin’s 88 Bikes, which gives bicycles to children in need and helps bolster local economies, will soon launch its most ambitious project to date. Project Asha, inspired when Dan met “Asha” at a remote Indian ashram, will give bicycles to young girls who have been victims of sexual slavery and abuse. For more information, visit 88bikes.org. (Above: from an earlier 88 Bikes project)