Imagine a life in which you have to walk one-half marathon to get to and from school each day. In addition to the vast distance, you cross rugged terrain, endure extreme weather conditions and face possible physical injury on a daily basis. Then, after arriving home exhausted and before you can study, you are responsible for fetching water, collecting firewood, caring for siblings, and feeding livestock.
This is a daily reality for many children in rural South Africa who strive for the “privilege” of being able to attend school. For the children who face these obstacles, they arrive at school tired and unable to concentrate, which often leads to frequent absenteeism and ultimately dropping out altogether. Without school, the cycle of poverty continues.
#BIKES4ERP recognizes that in these communities, bicycles produce immediate benefits. Riding a bike decreases the overall impact of the commute, which means students arrive at school better able to concentrate and their attendance rate improves. Commuting by bicycle also frees up time for studying, which helps students complete their education, preparing them for better jobs and giving them a chance at a brighter future.
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