Anne Smedinghoff Award Speaker: World Bicycle Relief

In April 2013, Johns Hopkins alumna and former FAS Executive Director Anne Smedinghoff ('09) was killed in a suicide bomb attack in southern Afghanistan while trying to deliver books to underserved school children.The eponymous award aims to Remember Anne Smedinghoff and acknowledge those committed to her values: education, development and global harmony. We are incredibly honored and excited to present the final event in our 2016 series, Architects of the Future, by welcoming an organization that truly embodies these values. We hope you will be able to join us this Thursday, April 7th at 7:30PM in Mudd Hall.

Founded in 2005, the World Bicycle Relief (WBR) is an international non-profit organization specializing in bicycle distribution in rural Africa. Founders F.K. and Leah Day developed WBR following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami to increase the availability of transportation and grant individuals better access to education, healthcare, and economic opportunities. Some of WBR’s projects include the Bicycles for Educational Empowerment Program (BEEP), Project Zambia, Project CHAI and general disaster relief. In Zambia, the WBR has distributed more than 12,000 bikes to students, teachers, and school volunteers through the BEEP Program. As a result, Zambian schools have seen an increase in student attendance and academic performance. Additionally, caretakers report that WBR’s bicycle programs have allowed them to devote more time to volunteerism in their local communities. WBR is the recipient of the 2013 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award and is a member of Global Impact, an alliance of over 130 of the world’s most respected international charities working to help people in need.

Anne Smedinghoff's Legacy: "Colleagues Recall Steady Rise of Young Diplomat Killed in Afghanistan"

“She was everything a Foreign Service officer should be: smart, capable, eager to serve, and deeply committed to our country and the difference she was making for the Afghan people.”
— Secretary of State John Kerry

Mobilizing Communities: Pablana

World Bicycle Relief presents a hybrid approach– selling bicycles to co-ops and individuals, which can help the finance charitable programs for school kids and healthcare needs.

New York Times Opinion: "A Boy and a Bicycle"

One obstacle is donor fatigue and weariness with African corruption and repeated aid failures. Those are legitimate concerns. But this column isn’t just a story about a boy and a bike. Rather, it’s an example of an aid intervention that puts a system in place, one that is sustainable and has local buy-in, in hopes of promoting education, jobs and a virtuous cycle out of poverty. It’s a reminder that there are ways to help people help themselves, and that problems can have solutions — but we need to multiply them. Just ask Abel.
— Nicholas Kristof

What does a sustainable solution to poverty look like?

WBR Campaign: Women In Motion

Young girls and women are beneficiaries of mobilization in ways that strengthen their access to education and their economic autonomy. Check out WBR's campaign "Women in Motion."