WHO WE ARE
Gearing Up for Hope (GU4H) is an exciting endeavor that was started in 2013 to promote human-powered transportation in underdeveloped communities. The concept started at an ACT Lab (www.act-lab.com) team meeting during a discussion of improving how the company recycles tested products. Since 2008, ACT Lab LLC has been providing product testing services for international product safety compliance, quality control, research, and development. One of the primary products coming through ACT Lab is bicycles, and many of these tests do not require the destruction of the bike in the process. As the lab became increasingly inundated with these excess bicycles, someone determined that the bikes could be put to greater use than simply being disassembled for parts. From that kernel of an idea we started thinking of how we could not only better recycle but how also to better use the products to improve the lives of others, and thus Gearing Up for Hope was created.
GU4H’s goals are to build a cycling community in developing countries that can be self-sustaining. Initially we are getting bicycles into the hands of children, teachers and doctors, giving them the ability to reach further distances and assist in reaching fairly inaccessible locations. Whether getting the kids or teachers to schools, getting the injured to hospitals, or doctors to the sick, GU4H will assist in building maintenance teams that will be able to service the products and keep them running, while simultaneously creating jobs within the community.
ESTABLISHING AND PROMOTING CYCLING COMMUNITIES IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES AROUND THE GLOBE
MISSION & VISION
Through methods of recycling and reusing bicycles, trikes, bicycle parts, helmets, and scooters, Gearing Up for Hope’s mission is to establish cycling communities around the world to promote human-powered transportation. Our goal is to get bicycles into the hands of people in developing communities to give them the opportunity to reach medical aid, education and work that they would not be able to reach otherwise. As a secondary effort, Gearing Up for Hope will educate communities in the areas of maintenance and repair with the intent to build a fully developed and self-sustaining cycling community.
We would love to hear from you. We look forward to answering any questions you may have.