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MAFUNGAUTSI PRIMARY SCHOOL Sarah Wilson - WBR Fund-A-School 2019

MORE THAN JUST A BICYCLE

Thank you, Sarah and your wonderful supporters, for helping change the lives of the students at Mafungautsi Primary School in the Kafue District of Zambia. Your generous contribution has made a significant difference for the recipients of the Buffalo Bicycles as well as their community.

At World Bicycle Relief, we believe that education is essential for ending the cycle of disease and poverty in vulnerable communities around the world. To these students, a bicycle is not a toy, it is a way of overcoming the challenge of distance that often keeps them from obtaining an education and achieving their goals.

Buffalo Bicycles are simple, durable bicycles that are designed for rural terrain and carrying heavy cargo. They are assembled locally in our facilities to help guarantee quality and create jobs for local people.

COMMUNITY-LED PROGRAMME

Along with the donation of bicycles to students, our Bicycles for Educational Empowerment Programme (BEEP) includes training select members of the community to form the Bicycle Supervisory Committee (BSC). This body is created as an accountability structure to manage BEEP and monitor the progress of the programme at their school.

Bicycle recipients are selected based on distance travelled and vulnerability criteria established by the BSC and the committee creates guidelines and procedures to ensure that the bicycles are looked after and utilised properly. The BSC meets monthly and reports back to our team on any issues they face and improvements made by the recipients.

We also train a field mechanic in the community who can fix the bicycles, fit spare parts and complete regular preventative maintenance. Field mechanic training keeps our programmes rolling and leads to increased economic opportunities for mechanics, families, and communities.

BICYCLE DISTRIBUTION CEREMONY

The Buffalo Bicycles are a special gift and really make an impact in the lives of the recipients as well as their communities. Our recipient schools host a special bicycle distribution ceremony, full of joy and celebration.

At the ceremony, students (together with their parents or guardians) sign a contract whereby the bicycle becomes their personal property after graduation. Students agree to attend classes regularly and are encouraged to use the bicycle for improving household livelihood, provided this does not interfere with school attendance.

"My Name is Talisai. I am coming from Kanyenzi. I learn at Mafungautsi Primary School. I am in Grade 5. Thank you very much for giving us bicycles we usually have challenges when coming to school. You have really helped us because where we stay it is far. Thank you very much. God bless you."

BICYCLES DISTRIBUTED

Thanks to your donation, 78 students and community supporters at Mafungautsi Primary School received life-changing bicycles at the bicycle distribution ceremony in October 2019.

CREATING LIFELONG IMPACT

Our vision for the future is to continue to innovate, collaborate, and create mobilised communities to support educated children, healthier communities, and robust economies that thrive. Your continued support is vital to our success in reaching the millions of individuals who are challenged by distance.

Alice: "Thank you. We are very thankful for these bicycles you have given us. We were not managing to come to school, it was very far to walk. We are very thankful. Thank you."

Credits:

World Bicycle Relief