Long walks make simple tasks like going to school, to the hospital, or work a struggle. Bicycles are the solution by providing a fast and safe mode of transportation.
Education is the best means of investing in a child's future. Access to education empowers a child with the knowledge and tools to change their lives
In Mpigi, one of the biggest barriers to an education, work and healthcare is distance and access.
A greater percentage of children need to commute a distance of more than 5-10 kilometers to a school, often without adequate food or water. A typical journey could take atleast 90 minutes with children arriving late and tired for school. Having to walk such long distances in hot sunshine to school and face the return journey at 2pm in the afternoon when the sun is at its hottest is not conducive to students regularly attending school.
Having a bike to cycle to school makes a huge difference for a student. Students tend to be more attentive at school having not had to walk a long distance. Students look after the bikes and they tend to last them for many years.
In Mpigi the advantage of bike ownership in a family can enhance life immeasurably and can significantly improve their lives through access to education, and other essential services.
Having a bike is a huge status symbol for a student and they are so proud of the bikes they receive.
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