Hello there, Wonderful Supporters!
We want to begin every update by saying THANK YOU for your tireless support and contagious generosity! We cannot say enough how this project would not be possible without people like you. Because of your efforts, a small community in Okalongo, Namibia now has an increased supply of bicycles and an expanded workshop. This means that the women who run this shop, who also help support home-healthcare workers offering care to individuals living with HIV/AIDS, now have increased revenue to provide for their families; that children in the area now have greater access to schooling and education; and families can practically and more efficiently gather food, water, and firewood for themselves.
Although, given technology and language constraints, direct communication with our friends in Okalongo is somewhat limited, we wanted to pass along a small, but significant update from the region. This update is from Michael Linke of the Bicycling Empowerment Network Namibia, whom we are honored to partner with on the ground in Africa. Rauha is a local elder and one of a few women who run the bicycle project in Okalongo. It is one of the only women-run businesses in the region.
"I haven’t had any photos out of Okalongo yet, but....
I can tell you that Rauha is very, very happy about the
new container and its contents!"
How wonderful for the opportunity to touch the lives of individuals across the globe! We are anxious for the opportunity to travel to Okalongo to provide you all with reports and footage of all that your generosity is accomplishing. We are working diligently to raise the funds to cover the costs of plane tickets and expenses necessary to evaluate and monitor the project for continued accountability and transparency of the impact your donations have made. We are excited to announce plans to screen the B4H documentary, "Where on Earth is My Bike?" to raise funds in the Atlanta area in the coming months. We would love to hear your input and suggestions!
Please consider continued support of our project, and spreading the word to others! We cannot do what we do without each one of you. Please mark your calendars for October 19th, where, beginning at 12:01 a.m., GlobalGiving will be offering a 30% match of each donation, up to $1,000, until the grant is expended. Thank you for giving of yourselves so that others may find empowerment through the simple gift of mobility.
One bike can change one life. One life can change a community.
Mary Fortson Harwell and the B4H GA family
Bicycle Project Staff preparing a local feast.