65kg of bike parts sent to Habibi Works – an inter-cultural makerspace based in Katsikas, Greece (November, 2019)
Our final project of the year saw us send 65kg of much needed bicycle parts to Habibi.Works in Katsikas, Greece. Habibi.Works is an intercultural marker-space where refugees and locals work together to develop new skills and perspectives. Their workshop has 8 different spaces, including a wood-working workshop, sewing atelier, Media lab and bicycle workshop, because “being a maker wipes off the stigma of being passive or helpless and offers caring individuals, brilliant minds and hard working hands new opportunities”. In addition to skills building, the bicycle workshop is vital to enabling mobility in a region where public transportation is sparse and expensive, allowing residents of the nearby refugee camp of Katsikas access to the nearest city. We sent 3 boxes with a range of materials including brake levers, gear cables, axes, and much more.
This project was particularly special due to the support given to us by Manon van Ooij, who cycled 1500km from Rotterdam to San Sebastian and raised funds to help us cover transportation costs and the purchase of materials which were more difficult to retrieve from used bikes. Thank you Manon for helping us spread the bike love.
We wish a lot of fun to Habibi Works while working on their bikes, and look forward to further cooperation!