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.
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.