Biking the long road to school in rural Cambodia
With your generous support, 364 impoverished girls in rural Cambodia received new bicycles, pumps and locks in 2012, clearing the single greatest obstacle to their continued education. In this update, we will offer you an inside look at how the project picks beneficiaries and monitors their progress.
Because demand for the bicycles far exceeds supply, Lotus Pedals has established the following selection criteria to ensure the bikes reach those most in need. In addition to requiring that girls live at least 1.5 kilometers from the nearest school, priority is given to:
- Girls who have recently dropped out of school
- Victims of physical, sexual and emotional abuse
- Girls from poor, landless families with many children
- Girls in single parent households, or in households with one or more disabled parent
- Girls not receiving education support from other NGOs
- Girls whose families express a commitment to education
To ensure the long-term impact of the bicycle, recipients and their families also sign a contract pledging to do the following:
- Maintain the bicycle and repair it when it breaks
- Not to sell or pawn the bicycle
- Parents or guardians are not allowed to use the bicycle during school hours
- Return the bicycle if the girl drops out of school within two years
- Girls agree to maintain academic integrity, school attendance and marks of at least 50%
Lotus Pedals bicycles are delivered in partnership with several well-established indigenous NGOs throughout Cambodia, including in the provinces of Mondulkiri, Banteay Meanchey, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Pursat and Svay Rieng. Because our partners are already operating programs in the target villages, the project has a built-in network for monitoring progress, and our partners agree to track the progress of the girls for a minimum of two years. This model allows us to devote 100% of every dollar you contribute directly toward the purchase of bicycles, while still maintaining our capacity to track project performance.
We thank you again for your contribution, and look forward to keeping you posted on the girls’ academic success in the months and years ahead. We also invite you to consider supporting the education of other girls by making another donation at http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/lotuspedals/ (and encouraging your friends on Facebook to do the same!).
"Aw kun" from me to you
Bicycle giveaway ceremony