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Social Impact

Buy a Van, Give a Bike

The Need 

In developing countries, millions of people walk for miles each day just to survive. On foot, individuals race against the sun to complete everyday tasks. Distance is a barrier to attending school, receiving healthcare, and delivering goods to market.

The Response

We have partnered with World Bicycle relief to deliver specially designed, locally assembled, rugged bicycles for people in need. For every van purchase, we will donate a bike to a person in need through World Bicycle Relief. World Bicycle relief has developed an efficient, innovative, and scalable model to empower students, health workers, and entrepreneurs in rural developing regions with life-changing mobility.

Target Outcomes

 
Increased mobility can have far-reaching effects on individuals and communities, but there are a few specific outcomes that drive our programs.
  • Decreased travel times
  • Increased attendance in school
  • Improved academic performance
  • Increased delivery of medicines and care
  • Increased access to distant markets
  • Increased income for farmers & entrepreneurs
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Education

59%

Increase in academic performance

28%

75%

Decrease in Commute Times

Increase in Student Attendance

Healthcare

4x

More Distance Covered by Physicians

88%

Increase in Patient Visits

100+

Families Served Per Bike

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Gender Equality

Girls

Reported Feeling More in Charge of Their Lives

66%

Increase in Girls Puncuality

28%

Reduction in Girls Absenteeism

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Economic Development

5x

23%

Increase in Income Generated

Increase in Carrying Capacity

25%

Increase in Milk Deliveries by Dairy Farmers

Impact of 1 Bike

Check out our Domestic Impact

Objectives:

  • Provide new athletic shoes and socks for needy individuals.

  • Partner with local schools, corporations, non-profits and faith based organizations, utilizing the power of collaboration to transform communities through service.

  • Encourage both students and volunteers with the life changing message of hope and respect for all people.

  • Prevent the spread of diseases by protecting feet from infections and contaminated soil.

Samaritan’s Feet believes that a new a pair of shoes and the act of foot-washing can:

  • Provide a tangible foundation of hope and the opportunity for a better life.

  • Prompt children to focus in school and families not to worry.

  • Protect feet and decrease the possibility of getting a foot-borne disease.

Since its founding in 2003, Samaritan’s Feet and its partners have distributed over 7.5 million pairs of shoes in 108 countries and over 420 U.S. cities.