Guy Buys 10,000 Discarded Bikes for Poor Students So They Won’t Walk to School Anymore

In many places across Asia, there are plenty of poor children who have to walk many kilometers to school every day, braving the steep mountain roads and crossing rivers with no bridges. Yet many of them persevere as they all hope for a better future.

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Such was a situation in Myanmar that Mike Than Tun Win had seen when he went back home after studying in Singapore for 18 years. While Mike was privileged enough to have proper education, he saw that many young children in his home country struggle just to go to school every single day.

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Since he had seen a lot of discarded bikes in Singapore after the bike sharing concept failed, he realized that he could help these companies get rid of the unused items while providing the children with something to help them go to school.

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With the profits he earns from the tech company he opened in Myanmar, Mike began importing the bikes from Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, and even from the Netherlands. In the past months, he was able to buy more than 10,000 discarded bikes.

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The bikes were checked and fixed, if there were damages; the digital locks were removed and replaced with regular locks.

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Then, extra back seats were added so that the kids could also take their siblings or friends on the bike, before these were distributed to poor children across the country through the non-profit organization he founded, Less Walk (lesswalk.org).

Photo credit: Mike Than Tun Win / Facebook

With so many students needing a bike all over Myanmar, Mike aims to first focus on those in Grades 7 to 10.

Photo credit: Mike Than Tun Win / Facebook

Thanks to the efforts of Mike and his team, more than 10,000 students will have a better way of going to school now. But they’re not planning to stop anytime soon – and hope to provide bikes to as many children as they could!

Kudos!

Sources: Less Walk, Good Times