Cycling can change a life. It did for Christoph Sauser, and through his foundation, songo.info, it could do the same for children of South Africa's townships. For songo.info, the bike is a key tool that promotes total well-being for kids that have little else. Our key requirements are to upgrade our BMX and MTB program, obtain a vehicle to transport kids to races and events, and to build a clubhouse for after-school and weekend activities, and indoor training, as well after-school support.
More than 70% of the population in Kayamandi, South Africa, live in squatter camps without proper infrastructure. In these camps there is a very high rate of malnutrition, poverty, crime, HIV and AIDS. The children in the region are faced with these immense challenges every day, and have little hope of overcoming them to pursue their dreams and aspirations. They are in dire need of support, life skills, and a safe environment in which to grow.
The Songo program provides children with a safe place to grow and develop, while also having fun. Sport broadens life skills, keeps kids away from a path of drugs and crime, and, ultimately, gives them the best possible start in life. Songo provides opportunities for sport, with a focus on cycling because of its broad appeal and lifelong applicability. We provide bikes, infrastructure and a team and race environment.
Songo has the potential to replace the common pitfalls for children in South Africa: drug and alcohol abuse, crime and social deviance, and teenage pregnancy, with positive lifelong skills in healthy living, goal setting, and leadership. With the presence of a safe, fun place to ride bikes, the structure to push their abilities, and the support of caring adults like community leader and namesake Songo Fipaza, these kids can lead fruitful lives and contribute back to the next generation.
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