Organic Health Response has partnered with Bicycles for Humanity to create a bicycle shop on Mfangano island, where HIV rates are currently 30% on this island of 15,000 people B4H will collect 400 bikes and loadedin a shipping container The container will be stored at World Bike Reliefs headquarters in Kisumu and 100 bikes at a time will be transported 2 hours by car and the 3 hours by boat to the island. Organic Health Response has rented a small concrete store front.
Mfangano suffers from one of the worst HIV/AIDs rates in the world, at about 30- 40%. In addition, poverty, unemployment, frequent droughts and floods all serve to further hurt the Mfangano people. 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 Mfangano people and further increase their plight.
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.
Today, there is 1 car and 200 motor bikes on the island. Having so many bikes in the community will have a positive impact 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.
Bicycles for Humanity Colorado
Organic Health Response Mfangano