Cambodia's 2 Wheels 4 School: Art for Bikes!


Now that you’ve thought about how you are going to improve your own life in 2011, what about those that have so much less than most of us?

In Cambodia, schools are few and far-between. One of the biggest impediments to children making their way to class is distance. And what’s a fast, low-cost (and for most kids, fun) way for kids to get to homeroom? A bike of course!

When Richard and Michelle visited Cambodia and noticed this problem, they decided to take action! The put together the site “2 Wheels 4 School” as a way to raise money for bikes:

In many instances, having a bike to go those extra miles can mean their entire education. But in many more instances, a family cannot afford the $30 it takes to buy one. Enter the opportunity to do something good. We’ve posted some of the photos from the trip. If you like one, buy it for $30. We’ll send you a nice print, any size you’d like (under 13″x19″). And we’ll use your money—all of it—to buy a bicycle for a Cambodian child to attend school.

Check out the site; there are a number of prints, you can simply make a donation, or you can purchase the gorgeous painting of the Cambodian flag, above! Painted by Ariel Shallit (the man behind the header painting, above, for Eco Chick), the full purchase price will go to the charity. And you’ll have something graphic and dynamic to hang on your wall.

Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick.com and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.