Channel 4 NBC Life Connected: SoCal Bicyclists Help Kenyan Orphans Get to School.
A love of bike riding has helped forge a strong connection among three friends in Glendale. And when one made a casual offer to help others, that connection stretched all the way to the other side of the globe. Colleen Williams reports in this Life Connected segment that aired on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013.
When a Half-Promise Turns to Hope
By Franz A.D. Morales, Pasadena Now, September 17, 2013
Bikes4OrphansWhen St. Francis Senior Sebouh Bazikian made a half-hearted promise to help orphans in Africa, and delivered, it snowballed into a full-blown organization with his full commitment.
Teen helps put bikes in Africa
By Kelly Corrigan, Glendale News Press
Forty-three orphans in Kenya who used to walk an hour to and from school each day now complete the journey in half the time thanks to bikes they received with financial help from Glendale teen Sebouh Bazikian.
For about a year, Bazikian worked to raise about $5,000 to purchase 43 bikes through the organization World Bike Relief, which delivered the bikes in August to the children at the Machao Orphanage in Makueni County, located about 115 miles from the country’s capital of Nairobi. Click here to read full article.
Orphans are Riding High with Help from Local Teenagers
By Michael Yeghiayan, Crescenta Valley Weekly, August 23, 2013
People living in Los Angeles may bemoan their daily commute through the city’s notoriously stagnant traffic. Compared to the injustice uncovered by local resident Sebouh Bazikian, a teenager who helped provide 43 bicycles for a group of Kenyan orphans who made a daily two-hour walk to school, the tragedy of the 405 Freeway seems to pale in comparison.
Bikes 4 Orphans is a nonprofit organization founded by Bazikian in the summer of 2012 after he learned of the difficulty many children in Kenya face as they attempt to make their way to school without any form of transportation. Click here to read full article.