37 riders, 325 miles ridden, $203,415 raised, 18 bicycles made, 3 organizations benefitted, 1 welcoming dance, quite a few flat tires, and hundreds of Zambians positively impacted.
World Bicycle Relief (WBR) mobilizes people through "The Power of Bicycles" by helping people conquer the challenges of distance to access education, healthcare, goods and services more easily. Day one of Bike Zambia involves a unique immersive experience with WBR, during which our riders built 18 bicycles that were later distributed to those in need.
Bike Zambia's grant provided 40 Buffalo Bicycles to the Chisankane Rural Health Center. These bikes were issued to community health volunteers so that they can increase their visits from one to five patients per day.
Additionally, the Bike Zambia grant supplied 150 Buffalo Bicycles to WBR's Bicycles for Educational Empowerment Program (BEEP) making it possible for students (including 105 girls) to make the long journey to school.
ZHECT used their Bike Zambia grant to set up an ambitious project. The project aims to reduce the vulnerability to HIV and Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) for Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) ages 10 to 24 in the Mazubuka District. 11 female mentors have been trained to help facilitate sessions that will enable individuals, their peers, and their communities to change their behaviors, individually and together. 825 Adolescent Girls and Young Women have been recruited and are actively participating in these "Safe Space Sessions."
Funds raised through Bike Zambia supported three soccer events. Sideline talks at the games included various topics on sexual reproductive rights and responsibilities (SRHR), mental health, peer pressure, HIV testing, male circumcision, STI's, stress, substance abuse, depression, cervical cancer and condoms. The talks were facilitated by the local government clinic before and after each game played.
During the Bike Zambia funded SKILLZ Health Community Events, a total of 992 adolescents (13 to 19 years old) received HIV testing services.
Raymond Pena, Steve Pade, Maggie Trumbly, GRS, WBR.