Help a child get mobile
A bicycle increases mobility and gives freedom of movement. Children can explore their surroundings on a bicycle, and use it to go to school, visit friends, or join in club activities. Every Dutch child has a bicycle, but that is not something that children in an asylum seekers centre can take for granted.
So the Dutch Automobile Club, Rabobank Foundation, the Happiness Foundation and the Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers got together and set up the Children's Bike Plan. Second-hand bicycles are collected from around the country and the children are taught how to ride them and also how to ride safely on the roads. A bicycle repair shop is set up at the participating asylum seekers centres so that residents can maintain the bicycles themselves under the watchful eye of a volunteer, at the same time gaining work experience which may later be useful.
In 2010 and 2011, the Children's Bike Plan was introduced at eight asylum seekers centres, and a further six locations will be joining the scheme in the spring of 2013: Dronten, Amersfoort, Alkmaar, Den Helder, Baexem and Oisterwijk. To date around 400 bicycles have been collected. The Children's Bike Plan arrived in Dronten with a flourish on May 16th; the video shows the children getting their bikes and having their first lessons. Rabobank Flevoland also donated a cargo bike to the centre for general use.
Video: Children's Bike Plan arrives in Dronten: (the video is in Dutch)
How can you donate a bicycle?
If anyone has an unused bicycle (for a child or teenager) that they would like to donate to the scheme, bring it along! You can deliver the bicycle to the asylum seekers centre in Alkmaar, Amersfoort, Baexem, Den Helder, Dronten or Oisterwijk. Bicycles for adults are also welcome. p>
- Check www.kinderfietsenplan.nl
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