In April 2013, Johns Hopkins alumna and former FAS Executive Director Anne Smedinghoff ('09) was killed in a suicide bomb attack in southern Afghanistan while trying to deliver books to underserved school children.The eponymous award aims to Remember Anne Smedinghoff and acknowledge those committed to her values: education, development and global harmony. We are incredibly honored and excited to present the final event in our 2016 series, Architects of the Future, by welcoming an organization that truly embodies these values. We hope you will be able to join us this Thursday, April 7th at 7:30PM in Mudd Hall.
Founded in 2005, the World Bicycle Relief (WBR) is an international non-profit organization specializing in bicycle distribution in rural Africa. Founders F.K. and Leah Day developed WBR following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami to increase the availability of transportation and grant individuals better access to education, healthcare, and economic opportunities. Some of WBR’s projects include the Bicycles for Educational Empowerment Program (BEEP), Project Zambia, Project CHAI and general disaster relief. In Zambia, the WBR has distributed more than 12,000 bikes to students, teachers, and school volunteers through the BEEP Program. As a result, Zambian schools have seen an increase in student attendance and academic performance. Additionally, caretakers report that WBR’s bicycle programs have allowed them to devote more time to volunteerism in their local communities. WBR is the recipient of the 2013 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award and is a member of Global Impact, an alliance of over 130 of the world’s most respected international charities working to help people in need.