REACH REPAIR SHOP
All too often children and families discard their bicycles, or they are rendered useless because they can’t afford the small maintenance costs to fix their chains or flat tires, thus, preventing parents from working, or children attending school. With minor repairs only costing nominal amounts, the main goal of this program is to ensure that this does not occur at REACH.
The Repair Shop is a multifaceted program, which has the following core activities:
- Repair beneficiaries bicycles free of charge
- Repair and then donate second hand bicycles to our kids or guardians on the wait list
- Provide training to our youth who volunteer and are interested in bike repairs
- Recycle old bikes by performing end to end refurbishments and selling these on to other NGOs to distribute to kids in need
By having the option for beneficiaries to bring their bikes to REACH to fix free of charge, we are able to ensure that our families are mobile, that guardians can travel to work and importantly, their children can attend school. The repairs are carried out by our Repair Shop Supervisor and youth who are training in bike maintenance.
Through this initiative, our beneficiaries are learning to care for and maintain their bicycles independently! In addition, the repairs shop kindly accepts pre-loved bicycles for our team to repair and donate back into the local community to children and families in need.
Our Repairs Shop is also the host of our volunteer youths and interns that are given the opportunity to learn a new, practical skill. The youths take part in vocational training in the shop whereby they fix their peers bikes and learn how to complete end to end refurbishments. Full refurbs are carried out on old junk bicycles which had been discarded under houses or had ended up on the trash heap. We recycle everything we physically can and teach the students that nothing goes to waste.
Our Repair Shop Supervisor is responsible for preparing, priming and giving the bikes a new coat of paint, while the youths build wheels and drive trains from scratch and fix the new bells and baskets on the bikes so that they look as good as new. A full refurbishment takes approximately 36 hours and once complete, are offered out to other NGOs in return for donations back into the program.
SUPPORT OUR REACH REPAIR SHOP
The full refurbishment of a discarded old bicycle costs approximately AUD$50.
click here to donate towards an end-to-end bike refurbishment for a Cambodian in need.
This program took off in 2021 thanks to the in-kind donation of rusty bicycles from the PLF;
click here to read our blog which explains all about how it came to fruition!