How it Works: • Catalyst High School will select 3 to 4 students to be responsible for collecting $2,000 dollars through Global Giving by 4/30/2011 • B4H will match the dollars raised by Catalyst dollar for dollar up to $2,000 dollar by 4/30/2011 using its existing donor base • Catalyst will collect 400 bikes by 8/1/2011 • 400 Bicycles will be loaded in a shipping container with tools
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Namibia suffers from one of the worst HIV/AIDs rates in the world, at about 40%. In addition, poverty, unemployment, frequent droughts and floods all serve to further hurt the Namibians. Their relative isolation makes it extremely difficult to transport medical supplies, hold steady employment or even attend school. All of these factors combine to make life very difficult for Namibians and further increase their plight.
How will this project solve this problem?
A bicycle, one of the simplest transport technologies, is affordable and can be maintained anywhere in the world with minimal tools and spare parts. Yet for the world's poorest people, living on $1 per day, even bicycles are beyond their reach. Meanwhile, in the western world we discard thousands of bicycles each year. The math becomes simple and in the hands of a healthcare worker, they can cover four times the ground than otherwise on foot.
Potential Long Term Impact
Having so many bikes in the community will affect it for years to come. Having proper transport will enable the community to grow into a place that offers suitable medical care to a citizenry that is educated, employed and more mobile. Addtionally it creates a sustainable community employment and a business model for growth.
Total Funding Received to Date: $4,575
This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.
Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $4,575 . The original project funding goal was $4,000.