OSH Interact has now collected 20 second-hand bikes for the Rotary International of Britain’s ‘bikes4Africa’ appeal.
‘Bikes4Africa’ is Jole Rider’s mission: to change lives through education.
Many African children live in remote communities, a long way from their nearest school. Without reliable, affordable, motorised transport, the only way they can get to school is to walk. In searing heat, their journey to school on foot is a daily epic mission. Having a bicycle makes a world of difference.
The bikes are re-furbished and delivered to African schools, where they enable children to get to school on time and begin the school day alert, instead of exhausted; stay for extra lessons at the end of the school day; remain safe by travelling home from school in daylight and reach higher academic achievement.
The number of students at rural schools in The Gambia who have gained the necessary entry requirement for university has more than doubled as a result a direct result of the bicycles.
OSH Interact has also recently hosted a visit from The Ridge Primary School as part of their Junior Community Award. The two groups were interested to hear about each other’s projects, with The Ridge also actively supporting charities in Gambia.
Pic 1 shows (L-R) Rotarian John Ilkiw (Interact liaison), Nick Kwilecki (Vice-President), Harry Sowry (President), Matthew Hahn (Secretary) and Will Deeley (OSH link member of staff).