The Phyo Nyi Nyi Kyaw (PN2K) Memorial Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt registered nonprofit corporation. We are based in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
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The Back Story
The PN2K Foundation was established on August 8th, 2012 in memory of Phyo N. Kyaw, a dear friend and MIT alum, who passed away in a fatal cycling collision at the heart of MIT. Phyo had a big heart and was dedicated to improving the educational experiences for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. He was committed to helping the lives of his students, with one of his long term aspirations being to return to Southeast Asia to help with education reforms. PN2K was established to further Phyo's ambitions in education and to promote bike safety in our communities.
PN2K exists to make cycling safer for families and to revolutionize the way people think and feel about bicycling.
The $20K for PN2K Challenge
We are embarking on a "$20K for PN2K Challenge" to raise $20K by August 8, 2016 -- a five year anniversary since PN2K was formally incorporated. Our aim will be to establish a sustainable model for safe bike instruction and repair in the local MIT and surrounding communities that Phyo cared deeply about and expand our programs to students from underprivileged communities in Southeast Asia in order to support their quality of education. Help us in nurturing these communities and their kids' education, whether with a gift of $1 or $1000.
Q: When and why were you created?
A: PN2K was created in 2012 in honor of a close friend and college student who passed away during a tragic bicycling accident on a college campus. Our goal from 2012 was to create a sustainable model within educational institutions as a hub for providing bike safety instruction and a basis of a cycling community.
Q: What drives PN2K?
A: We believe that all cyclists should have the right to safe and reliable transportation and free, open access to resources that empower their knowledge about safety on the road. We believe that street infrastructure, policy, bike repair events, and local community bike shops all play an important role in making cycling safer. We believe that bike repairs and needed bike accessories should be easily accessible and streets should be designed with cyclists as a priority and not an after-thought.
Q: Who do you work with, and what do you do?
A: PN2K has partnered with local bike shops and other cycling organizations in Boston to raise awareness of bike safety by having bike socials, bike rides, and building the cycling community. We have provided free monthly educational bike repair workshops to ensure our cyclists in the MIT and Cambridge community are riding safely. For college students, we have been able to offer substantially discounted safety gear (helmets, bike lights) and are expanding these educational opportunities and discounted equipment to families, including young children.
Q: Where is PN2K?
A: Currently our central hub of activity is the MIT campus, as Phyo was an MIT alum and here lies our strongest resources. However, we plan to expand as we believe our model can be replicated in any college campus, anywhere in the world.
Thank you for your time, and we hope you will join us on our PN2K Challenge and future adventures to come!