THE GAMBIA

ABOUT THE GAMBIA

The Gambia, one of Africa’s smallest nations, has experienced prolonged stability since gaining independence. President Yahya Jammeh ruled with an iron fist for 22 years until his defeat in a surprising 2016 election by Adama Barrow. Despite stability, prosperity remains elusive. The Gambia River, while present, only renders one-sixth of the land arable, leading to a reliance on peanuts due to poor soil quality. Tourism and remittances from Gambians abroad serve as crucial sources of foreign exchange, with resorts along the Atlantic coast attracting most visitors.

Our Partners:

WONDER YEARS OF EXCELLENCE

WYCE stands for Wonder Years Centre of Excellence, a well known project which has its home in the village of Madina Salam in The Gambia, West Africa. Their mission revolves around delivering essential services in Primary Health Care, Education, and Life Skills to the children and youth of The Gambia.

Our mission revolves around a close collaboration with our partners to efficiently schedule container shipments based on the availability of bicycles and suitable timing. These 40ft containers are meticulously packed with more than 500 bicycles and numerous spare parts. The selection of spare parts sent is determined both by our partner’s specific needs and our current stock, which comprises entirely of donated items.

Upon arrival in The Gambia, our trusted partner, WYCE, takes charge of local distribution. A minimum of 25% of each shipment is directed towards schools, while the remaining bicycles and parts are made available to bike mechanics and small bike shops for sale. This sales revenue not only sustains our programs but also supports local businesses and promotes bicycle usage.

The involvement of Re-Cycle bicycles has played a pivotal role in funding various initiatives. This includes a fundamental cycle-to-school program.

WYCE Cycle to School Project

The involvement of Re-Cycle bicycles has played a pivotal role in funding various initiatives, including a fundamental Cycle to School program.

The “Cycle to School Bike Project.” aims to improve students’ overall performance by tackling the challenges posed by long commutes to school. Bicycles are distributed to students who face the longest journeys. This process involves close collaboration with school authorities, parents, and the students themselves to ensure that the bicycles reach those who need them most.


Each student partaking in the project attends a workshop focused on road safety and basic bicycle maintenance. Parents, in turn, sign a contract agreeing that the bicycle will be maintained and used by their child. A nominal fee of 100 dalasi (approximately £1.32) is paid by each family, for the cost of the bicycle, a helmet, and a reflective jacket. This financial contribution not only instills a sense of ownership and responsibility but also highlights the value of the bicycle within the family unit.

To assess the impact of the Cycle to School project and identify areas requiring additional support, a project coordinator is designated at each participating school. These coordinators gather essential data, including exam results and school attendance, which helps WYCE evaluate the effectiveness of the program.

Beyond addressing educational challenges, the initiative also contributes to the local economy. A local bicycle mechanic is trained and equipped with the necessary tools to provide affordable repair services. This not only creates a sustainable solution for bicycle maintenance but also fosters economic opportunities within the community.

By providing bicycles and fostering a supportive environment for students, The Cycle to School project is empowering young learners to overcome barriers to education. 

Our IMPACT IN numbers

Working together for the past

1
YEARS

Re-Cycle has sent WYCE

1
CONTAINERS

Re-Cycle has sent WYCE

1
BICYCLES
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