Focus on Children Now Announces a New Program FCN Bikes 4 Orphans
Focus on Children Now (FCN) announces its recent partnership with Bikes 4 Orphans as a new program of the charity. As a result of the partnership the program’s name is now FCN Bikes 4 Orphans, operating under the umbrella of Focus on Children Now. FCN President, Karine Aboolian, says “the addition of Bikes 4 Orphans makes us stronger and brings us one step closer to ‘breaking the poverty cycle, one child at a time.’”
Bikes 4 Orphans was founded in 2011 when, then 15 years old, Sebouh Bazikian heard that orphans in Kenya were walking over an hour to and from school each day. Sebouh suggested donating bikes to the kids and the suggestion became a reality. For over a year he and his team, Sean Bird (16), Alex Chraghchian (16) and Shawnt Bazikian (14) worked hard to raise $5,000 and purchased 43 bikes for the children of Machao Orphanage in Makueni County, located about 115 miles from the country’s capital of Nairobi. In July, Sebouh traveled to the orphanage to watch as the orphans received their new bikes. He helped the kids learn how to ride the bikes which he says was “one of (his) greatest experiences.”
Today, the FCN Bikes 4 Orphans team continues to identify orphanages around the world with children who can benefit from bikes. They recently secured funding to purchase 20 more bikes for kids at the Daos Children Centre in Kenya, which educates orphans in the Mombasa region & 11 bikes for orphans at Khayelisha Care Project in Tugela Ferry, South Africa; with a delivery date of June 2014. To raise awareness and funds for future projects, the team is planning a Hike-A-Thon & Bike-A-Thon on October 26th at Glendale Sports Complex.
Focus on Children Now is thrilled about the new partnership with Bikes 4 Orphans. Sebouh’s awareness, dedication and commitment to helping impoverished children is both admirable and commendable. In addition, FCN Bikes 4 Orphan’s mission to donate to orphanages in order to provide access to education and other basic necessities in life through bicycles aligns itself seamlessly with FCN’s mission to help impoverished children access the basic necessities of life through our Humanitarian, Education and Nutrition Programs.