Wheels4Life – Providing Low Cost Quality Bikes for Third World Countries

Wheels4Life in El Rosario

Overview:

<p>Yesterday we arrived in El Rosario (about 5 hours south of Tijuana) with a convoy of cars from Southern California to deliver 10 bikes to kids in the village of El Rosario and the newly built orphanage.</p> <p>W4L boardmember, Diana Graber had made arrangements for this project with &lsquo;Mama Espinoza&rsquo;, who had just completed building a orphanage; and Andy Schouten from the San Diego based organization &ldquo;Commitment&rdquo;. She also brought her husband, Michael Graber, Emmy Award Winning Cinematographer, with his camera and several children from the Aliso Viejo, CA - Journey School, who had raised almost $1,000 in a fundraiser for W4L last year.</p> <p>We brought 7 brand-new bikes we got donated from Incline Bicycles (James McLean). These bikes were very nice, the chain-less bikes had a shaft-drive and were of higher quality than the bikes we usually give away. We also had 3 used kids bikes with us, which we got donated by friends. Although we usually don&rsquo;t deal with used bikes, in this case it made sense, since we could hand-deliver the bikes and didn&rsquo;t have to ship them or repair them first.</p> <p>It was very touching, a bit sad, but very inspiring to visit the orphanage and to hand out the bikes. Mama Espinoza, who is 99-years old, had for 73 years a landmark restaurant in Baja California and 15 children of her own. For several years she had planned to open a much needed children orphanage in the village, which got finished and opened literally 2 days before. Some of the bikes we brought were left with the orphanage, to give the kids mobility as well as something to play with. The children live a very hard life and the orphanage is only equipped with the most essential and basic things. Judging by the cabinets in their rooms, they each process about 2 pairs of socks an extra shirt and a tooth brush. We also identified 7 children from low income families, who needed a bike to get to school. Some of these kids had one hour to walk to school, before they got a bike.</p> <p>After we presented the kids with their new bikes, I did a little trials riding demonstration for the kids and then I got to meet Mama Espinoza, who blessed us with some inspiring words. She seems extremely fit for age, mentally and physically; the orphanage is just one of many causes she supports in the area.</p> <p>Thanks to everybody who helped on this project to make a difference and to change a life.</p> <p>Hans Rey Founder Wheels 4 Life</p> <p>Photos courtesy of Carmen Freeman</p> <p><strong>Watch the Videos from this presentation in the "Media" section.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong><img src="/media/uploads/photos/2006/Aug/19/DSC_0809.jpg" alt="Wheels4Life in Mexico" width="580" height="365" /></strong>W4L Boardmember Diana Graber organized this Mexico project, with kids from the Aliso Viejo Journey School, who had raised almost $ 1,000.- last year with their &ldquo;baking sale&rdquo;. Pastor Benjamin (right) runs the orphanage in El Rosario.</p> <p><img src="/media/uploads/photos/2006/Aug/19/DSC_0825.jpg" alt="Wheels4Life in Mexico" width="580" height="365" />Jose Eduardo Santiago Quiriz-10 years old</p> <p><img src="/media/uploads/photos/2006/Aug/19/DSC_0837.jpg" alt="Wheels4Life in Mexico" width="580" height="365" />Ezequil Pena-14</p> <p><img src="/media/uploads/photos/2006/Aug/19/DSC_0838.jpg" alt="Wheels4Life in Mexico" width="580" height="365" />Eduardo Chinchias Peralta-12</p> <p><img src="/media/uploads/photos/2006/Aug/19/DSC_0849.jpg" alt="Wheels4Life in Mexico" width="580" height="365" />Jose Ruiz Cecena-13</p> <p><img src="/media/uploads/photos/2006/Aug/19/DSC_0859_1.jpg" alt="Wheels4Life in Mexico" width="580" height="365" />Griselda Hernandez-12</p> <p><img src="/media/uploads/photos/2006/Aug/19/DSC_0868_1.jpg" alt="Wheels4Life in Mexico" width="580" height="365" />Delia Placencia-12</p> <p><img src="/media/uploads/photos/2006/Aug/19/DSC_0879.jpg" alt="Wheels4Life in Mexico" width="580" height="365" />Maricela Acevedo-13</p> <p><img src="/media/uploads/photos/2006/Aug/19/DSC_0957.jpg" alt="Wheels4Life in Mexico" width="580" height="365" />Hans Rey rides with the kids from El Rosario, Mexico, who try out their new bikes</p> <p><img src="/media/uploads/photos/2006/Aug/19/DSC_0959_1.jpg" alt="Wheels4Life in Mexico" width="580" height="365" />99 year old Mama Espinoza who founded the orphanage in El Rosario with kids who received bikes</p> <p><img src="/media/uploads/photos/2006/Aug/19/DSC_0978.jpg" alt="Wheels4Life in Mexico" width="580" height="365" /><br />3 of the 10 bikes donated went to the orphanage, where several kids will share them.</p> <p><img src="/media/uploads/photos/2006/Aug/19/DSC_0932.jpg" alt="Wheels4Life in Mexico" width="580" height="365" />Hans Rey meets 99 year old Mama Espinoza, the founder of the orphanage in El Rosario</p>