BIKES TO KIDS IN RETURN FOR WORK DONE TO IMPROVE COMMUNITY AND ENVIRONMENT

 Transportation is a fundamental element of development

Most of Africa’s rural population have no access to transport and people have to walk long distances to access opportunity, education, healthcare, shops and community services. Rural schoolchildren are particularly badly affected by lack of mobility. In South Africa, of the 16 million school going children, 12 million walk to school. Of these, 500,000 walk more than two hours each way, spending four hours getting to and back from school each day. Bicycles are the most effective and economical method of quickly addressing this problem.

A key partnership in the Qhubeka initiative is Wildlands. Children are rewarded for growing trees from a seedling to a sapling, if they accumulate a certain numbers of trees (saplings) then they earn a Qhubeka bicycle. In turn Wildlands distributes these trees to parts of our country that need reforestation.

Watch the below video to get a better understanding of the Qhubeka initiative and the impact that it is having in our poorer communities:

The Bike is built to withstand the harsh African environment and the inevitable ‘lifting’ that will take place 🙂

Manufacturing of the frame and certain components takes place in the East, but all assembly takes place in Pietermaritzburg providing a substantial job creation.

 

A quick and easy method of donating to Qhubeka is to SMS your name to 44447 to donate R20.00

For more info on Qhubeka, please visit: www.qhubeka.org

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