Budget

What if you raise more than you ask for? — scroll down.

 

So, how much do you need, and where does it go?

Believe it or not, $8,000 isn’t an arbitrary number. It’s carefully calculated to include only the necessary expenses: Airfare, room, and board. Below is a budget sheet with the best estimates I have for these items. Everything else I pay for myself.

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I periodically update the budget, explaining each change in a blog post. Due to the way the website is cached, these changes can take up to a week to display below. So if the total below doesn’t match the amount on the thermometer or in a recent post, please check again later. Thanks for your patience. -K

budget

The goal is to fix 270 bikes (one bike a day, 90 days per country, three countries) and I need roughly $8,000, so that’s $30 per bike. At the shop where I work, tune-ups are $75, so $30 is a really good deal. Of course, if you’d like to donate less (or more!), every little bit helps. I have received donations in amounts from eight to one-thousand dollars.

 

Note: For logistical reasons I am only able to visit Zambia for 2 months. I will still attempt to fix 90 bikes during that time. The budget has been adjusted accordingly.

 

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What if you raise more than you ask for?

Au natural there are some “hidden” expenses to this project — items that are necessary, but that aren’t airfare, room, or board. Many of these items are listed below. If I raise more than $8000, the additional funds will go towards these items:

 

Item……………………………………………………..Approximate Cost

Visa to India……………………………………………$250

Visa to Guatemala…………………………………….$20

Visa to Zambia…………………………………………$50

Tools…………………………………………………….$350

Web Hosting……………………………………………$20

Medical Expenses (Vaccinations)……………………$1000

 

Bicycling is the nearest approximation I know to the flight of birds.

     Louis J. Helle, Jr.

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