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This nonprofit sends thousands of used bikes to developing countries each year

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At a warehouse in Rockville, Maryland sits thousands of bikes in all different shapes, sizes and colors. However, they are not for sale.

Bikes for the World is a nonprofit organization that collects used bicycles in order to fix them up and then ship them to developing countries.

Founded in 2005, "Bikes for the World" has delivered 131,303 bicycles, according to the organization's website.

Today, the nonprofit delivers between 12,000 and 13,000 bikes each year to disenfranchised communities around the world.

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Kwame (right) is a cotton farmer. He tends several farms, the farthest one over 5 miles from his house. The bike he received from Village Bicycle Project allows him to visit each farm faster and helps him return home before dark.

Bikes for the World works with local organizers and various programs internationally to distribute the bikes and spare parts to communities in countries across Africa, Asia and South America.

The project also provides specialized training and workshops to teach local residents how to ride and fix the bikes.

They charity is funded through donations, partnerships and the sale of unique bikes unsuitable for rocky terrain.

Faith groups and service projects are often huge sources of bicycles, Executive Director Keith Oberg told the University of Maryland's Capital News Service.

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